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No. 245, 29th July 2016

1. Malaysia: over 1,000 endangered and exotic turtles rescued
SOURCE: – DATE: 27th July 2016

Reportedly, on late afternoon of Monday (the 25th of July 2016), Malaysian Wildlife Crime Unit have arrested two Indian nationals at a house in Petaling Jaya (Selangor, Malaysia) who were keeping 1,011 Indian Star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) and 23 Indian Roofed turtles (Pangshura tecta) without proper documentations. At the site, some of the reptiles were ready to be shipped out via air and placed inside luggage bags.

In a follow-up raid at a budget hotel in Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 26th of July 2016, two more suspects were detained. This time, enforcement officers found 36 Black Pond turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) stuffed inside four bags, awaiting transportation out of the country.

According to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, it was the biggest seizure of exotic turtles and tortoises by Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) in recent years. These turtles are under protection of Perhilitan, will be shipped back to their country of origin soon.

Link to this web article online (English)

1000 tortoises seized in Malaysia


2. China: Rafetus swinhoei update
SOURCE: – DATE: 19th July 2016

The Rafetus Swinhoei in China, the same species as the Hoan Kiem Turtle from Vietnam has failed to produce fertile eggs again in 2016 despite surgical artificial insemination attempts. Sad news for the species.

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Rafetus swinhoei in China


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3. The Cayman Islands: World Animal Protection: End all turtle handling
SOURCE: - DATE: 25th July 2016

International animal welfare charity World Animal Protection on Friday (the 22nd of July) called for the Cayman Islands Department of Environment to join them in calling for an immediate end to all handling of sea turtles by tourists.

Link to this web article online (English)

4. Vietnam: Commercial Farming and Trade in Endangered Species in Vietnam – A Shortcut to Extinction
SOURCE: – DATE: 27th July 2016

On the 27th of July 2016, Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) hosted a press conference on the need to fully prohibit farming and trade of endangered species in Vietnam following a lively round-table meeting with representatives from law enforcement agencies, decision makers, scientists and conservation experts.

Ms. Bui Thi Ha, Vice Director of ENV, has outlined ENV’s position calling for a 100% ban on the commercial farming and trade of endangered species that are protected under Vietnamese law or international treaty (specifically the Convention on Trade of Endangered Species, Appendix I) based on three critical factors: (1) There is little, if any, conservation value in farmed wildlife; (2) Legal trade in endangered species compromises enforcement efforts; and (3) Legal trade in endangered species stimulates market demand.

Link 1 to this web article online (English)

Link 2 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

turtle farming


turtle farming


5. The USA: Suspect accused of beating turtle to death with hammer claims self-defence
SOURCE: – DATE: 27th July 2016

A man in Texas caught on video apparently beating a snapping turtle to death with a hammer claimed he was acting in self-defence, as prosecutors charged him Tuesday (26th July 2016) with animal cruelty.

Investigators said a friend of the suspect used the hammer to pull the animal to shore before Washington grabbed the tool. The video, which appeared on Facebook, showed a man bending over and repeatedly hitting the turtle.

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