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No. 249, 26th August 2016

Indian Star Tortoise


1. India: Indian tortoise smuggling: Man seized with 150 star tortoises at Chennai railway station
SOURCE: – DATE: 24th August 2016

On Tuesday, the 23rd of August 2016, a man in Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India) was detained by officials at the Chennai Central railway station for smuggling more than 150 Indian Star Tortoises (Geochelone elegans) in his luggage.  Police investigation into the matter revealed that the man was going to smuggle the tortoise out of India to other south-east Asian countries. 

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2. Vietnam: Vietnamese agencies in legal deadlock over turtle egg theft
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd August 2016

Police and prosecutors from the southern island of Con Dao (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, Vietnam) have been disagreeing for weeks over whether to start criminal proceedings in a theft case involving 116 sea turtle eggs.

The case reportedly happened on the 17th of June when park rangers caught Pham Van Tan, 28, stealing the eggs at the Con Dao National Park, according to media reports.

The Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources later concluded that the eggs belong to the endangered Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas).

On the 27th of July, Con Dao police requested local prosecutors ratify their proposal for a criminal investigation into charges of “violating regulations on the protection of animals listed as endangered, precious and rare.” District prosecutors, however, rejected the proposal.

ATP NOTE: the species is fully protected under Decree 59/2005 ND-CP

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sea turtle egg confiscation

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Common Snapping Turtle

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3. The USA: Ban Sought on Commercial Trapping of Wild Turtles in Missouri
SOURCE: – DATE: 25th August 2016

The Centre for Biological Diversity and Great Rivers Environmental Law Centre petitioned the Missouri Department of Conservation yesterday to end commercial collection of the state’s wild freshwater turtles. Turtle traders can now legally collect unlimited numbers of Common Snapping (Chelydra serpentina) and softshell turtles to sell domestically or export for Asian food and medicinal markets. Thousands of Missouri’s turtles have been caught and sold over the past 10 years.

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4. The USA: Three accused of blowing up turtle with firecrackers
SOURCE: – DATE: 25th August 2016

Northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Police charged three people for killing a large turtle by blowing it up with firecrackers. It happened just before 7pm on the 3rd of August 2016 in Penn Township (Pennsylvania, the USA). Police were called for a reported explosion.

Arriving officers found a small crater with what appeared to be pieces of bone fragments, biological membrane and the remains of a large turtle in the same area. Witnesses were able to provide suspect descriptions and the description of the truck they were in at the time of the explosion. Through further investigation, police were able to identify three individuals that were alleged to have placed two M-80 firecrackers on the shell of the turtle, subsequently lighting the fuse, causing severe trauma to the turtle from the explosion, killing the reptile.

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killing turtle with firecrackers



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