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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.

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2. Son La Province, Vietnam. Giant turtle in Son La

SOURCE: - DATE: 21st November 2011

Dang Thanh Hai, a resident in Son La County raised a very large turtle which the article claims is possibly the heaviest turtle in Vietnam. The turtle, an Asiatic Softshell Turtle ( Amyda cartilaginea ) weighs 45.5 kg, is 85 cm long, 50 cm wide and 30cm high. Mr. Hai also owns a second turtle that weighs 20 kilograms. The two giant turtles are being raised in a pool at Hai's house, where they are fed several kilograms of fish every day. Mr. Hai claims many local people would like to raise turtles to sell to Chinese traders who pay high prices.

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3. Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Environmental police calls for wildlife trader to be strictly fined

SOURCE: – 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.

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4. Hanoi city, Vietnam. The Hoan Kiem turtle emerges on the surface of Hoan Kiem lake

SOURCE: DATE: 24th November 2011

100 days after being released, the Hoan Kiem turtle emerged on the surface of the lake to enjoy the sunshine and by doing so, attracted the attention of many people. The turtle was seen near a bank of the Hoan Kiem Lake and could be observed for a long time. Many people took the opportunity to take pictures of the celebrity turtle.

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