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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 7, 25th November 2011
1. Wildlife news. The hawksbill sea turtle ( Eretmochelys imbricat a) is threatened with extinction
According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the commercial trade of Hawksbill sea turtles ( Eretmochelys imbricata ) or any part of this species is illegal. The latest Wildlife Trade News reports that an increasing number of sea turtles are hunted due to the high demand for turtle meat, eggs and other turtle products. Researchers of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, recently found turtle products for sale and display in many souvenir stores, restaurants, hotels and homes in Papua New Guinea and Moresby . Most of these souvenirs stores sell products to tourists leading to an intensive exploitation of sea turtles.
3. Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Environmental police calls for wildlife trader to be strictly fined
SOURCE: sggp.org.vn – DATE: 24 th November 2011
The Environmental Police C49B of the Ministry of Public Security suggested to the Dong Nai Police that Hoang Minh Dung, the owner of the 9999 restaurant, caught illegally trading wildlife should be strictly fined. Hoang Minh Dung traded 1,121kg of snakes and rare turtles [species not known], civets and other animals in clear violation of laws to protect endangered wildlife species.