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No. 270, 20th January 2017

1. Vietnam: Inside Vietnam's hidden wildlife trade since Government crackdown
SOURCE: – DATE: 14th January 2017

Nhi Khe village near Hanoi, Vietnam has been one of the key centres of the wildlife trade.

Only a couple of months ago, it was described as "a supermarket for wildlife" when the Wildlife Justice Commission presented evidence to an independent panel at The Hague. Just one photo of one room in the town revealed a fortune in rhino horn and elephant tusks. The probe showed "clear and irrefutable evidence of an industrial-scale crime hub", the commission's executive director Olivia Swaak-Goldman said, as she named 51 traders involved.

While many countries have criminalised the trade and introduced tough penalties, Vietnam has been slow to crack down. But recently, there has been a show of force. Police raided Nhi Khe in June, and four traffickers were later arrested. In September, Prime Minister Xuan Phuc ordered authorities and law enforcement agencies across the country to take urgent measures to combat the trade.

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wildlife trade in Nhi Khe village

© B. Bonhane

wildlife trade in Nhi Khe village


Loggerhead sea turtle

© Tourism and Events Queensland


2. Australia: Endangered dolphins and turtles entangled in NSW shark nets
Report shows of 748 marine animals caught in 2015-16, 86% were threatened, protected or species not intended to be targeted by shark nets
SOURCE: – DATE: 17th January 2017

Nine bottlenose dolphins, four common dolphins and one dolphin that was so decomposed that it could not be identified were caught in shark nets across 51 New South Wales beaches in Australia, according to the latest report on NSW’s controversial shark-meshing program.

The report showed 748 marine animals became entangled in the nets in 2015-16.

Of those, 86% were threatened, protected or species not intended to be targeted by the shark net program. Thirteen threatened Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) were caught and only two survived, while four Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and two Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) were also trapped.

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3. Cambodia: Kandal officials seize 130KG of wild reptiles
SOURCE: – DATE: 20th January 2017

A haul of wild snakes and tortoises, totaling more 130 kilograms, was seized on Wednesday (the 18th of January 2017) evening near National Road 6A in Muk Kampoul district, Kandal province, Cambodia.

Yuen Sarat, Muk Kampoul district police chief of staff, said on the 19th of January 2017 that locals in Prek Anchanh commune’s Prek Taben village reported seeing an unidentified van drive off after stopping to unload six bags, which they suspected contained illegal goods. Upon investigating, Muk Kampoul district authorities found that the six bags on the road contained 122 kilograms of wild snakes and 10 kilograms of tortoises.

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snakes and tortoises seized in Cambodia




4. Vietnam: a woman spends dozens of millions Vietnamese dong (over a thousand dollars) buying turtles for releasing
SOURCE: - DATE: 20th January 2017

On this year’s Kitchen God Day, which falls on the 20th of January 2017, a woman living in District 7 of Ho Chi Minh city in southern Vietnam has reportedly spent VND 25 million ($1,176) buying dozens of turtles (80kg in total) to release into the Sai Gon river to worship the Kitchen Gods. The woman said that she had bought the turtles at VND 400,000 ($17.72) per kg in Ho Chi Minh city. The biggest turtle was 8kg. Some turtles had reportedly been transported from Cambodia to Vietnam via a border crossing in Tay Ninh province. She rented a boat to release the turtles far from the river bank so that they would not be caught by hunters. On Kitchen God Day, people often release live fish, especially carp, as well as small birds and turtles into lakes or rivers, which is considered a kind-hearted deed to pray for good luck.

ATP NOTE: From the photographs endangered Yellow-headed Temple Turtles (Heosemys annandalii) can be seen which are protected under Decree 32/2006 ND-CP in Vietnam as well as Malayan Box Turtles (Cuora amboinensis) and the invasive Red Eared-slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans). Although done with good intentions the buying of animals for release only promotes more hunting and trade. Releasing turtles into deep water can also be bad for them as they may not find it easy to resurface if they did not take a breath before being dropped into the water and could drown.

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