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No. 58, 8th December 2012


1. Suvarnabhumi , Thailand: Hundreds of reptiles seized by customs

SOURCE: Bangkok Post online newspaper; - DATE: 5th December 2012

Customs officials' intercepted more than 340 turtles and 65 snakes, geckos, and chameleons in two separate smuggling attempts at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok yesterday. Police said the turtles were found in over 50 boxes marked ‘vegetables' from Chon Buri province and were destined for Hong Kong.. The driver told the police that he was not aware the boxes contained protected wild animals. It was the second-largest batch of smuggled turtles found by customs and wildlife authorities this year, Mr Yutthana said.

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Thailand: Smuggled reptiles seized as Thailand and U.S. launch campaign

SOURCE: Royal Thai Embassy Washington D.C; - DATE: 12th December 2012

Thailand scored another victory in its war against wildlife trafficking last week when customs officials at Bangkok International Airport seized over 340 turtles and 65 snakes, geckos and other reptiles in two separate smuggling attempts. The seizures took place the same day that officials from Thailand, the United States and other governments in the region converged on the airport to launch a new campaign against wildlife trafficking in conjunction with nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. In recent years, the Thai government has stepped up its concern over the problem, and the issue was one discussed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra with U.S. President Barack Obama during the latter's visit to Thailand last month. In March 2013, Thailand will host a meeting of countries participating in CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, to which Thailand and 175 other nations are signatories.
Clamping down on wildlife trafficking is now a national priority, said Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, deputy chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. He noted that seizures were up 26 percent this year, and the Environment Minister has instructed his department to intensify inspections at Thailand's border crossing and international airports.

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2. Raichur city, Karnataka province, India: Turtle and Terrapin Trade Busted in Raichur, Karnataka

SOURCE: Conservation India online; - DATE: 5th December 2012

Forest officials in Raichur, Karnataka province raided and arrested several people in the notorious wildlife trading markets of Bengal who were poaching and selling hundreds of turtles and terrapins. The arrested poachers were produced before the District magistrate. The turtles and terrapins are in possession with the Divisional Forest Officers (DFO) Raichur and will be released back into the river later after the enquiry. In this raid a common species of softshell turtle (Lissemys punctata) and the Indian Black turtle (Melanochelys trijuga) were rescued. Turtles can easily dehydrate with prolonged exposure to sun and lack of moisture. Unless they are nursed carefully before release, they may not survive in the wild.
The Bengali camps are notorious for their wildlife crime and trade of many highly endangered species. According to the article the turtles and terrapins are sold at Rs. 100 ($182) a kilogram and people come from all over the district to buy these.

ATP NOTE: The prices for turtles mentioned in the article seem high

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