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No. 76, 22nd April 2013

Khanh Hoa, Vietnam: More than 100 wild animals seized

SOURCE: Quan doi nhan dan
DATE: 17th April, 2013

On the 16th of April, while inspecting the shop of a local business man, Mr Nguyen Chanh (a 36-year-old man living in Nuoc Ngot hamlet, Cam Lap commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa), the working group of the Environmental Police Department of Khanh Hoa found more than 100 illegally caught, wild animals in Mr Chanh's shop. The policemen found six cobras, 59 semi-aquatic turtles (after ATP followed up on the case it seems that all 59 turtles are Yellow headed temple turtles - Heosemys annandalii), six Vietnamese pond turtles (Mauremys annamensis), a lizard, four civets and 25 rodents. Notably, both Heosemys annandalii and Mauremys annamensis belong to Appendix II of CITES and are protected under national law, Decree 32/2006/ND-CP. These animals were transferred to the Forest Protection Department (FPD) FPD of Cam Ranh.

ATP NOTE: efforts are underway to try and transfers some of the turtles to the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) rescue facility.

Link 1 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Link 2 to this web article online (Vietnamese)


2. Vietnam: 108 species of wild animals available for sale on the Internet

DATE: 17th April, 2013

Experts stressed the need for increased cooperation between website administrators and law enforcement authorities at the first-ever conference in Vietnam on curbing the illegal trade of wild animals on the internet. The conference, held on Wednesday the 17th of April in Hanoi, was co-host by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Vietnam office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
A survey undertaken by WCS Vietnam between last July and August showed that 33 sites were used to trade wildlife and wildlife products. It also found that a total 108 species, 24 percent of which are protected under Vietnamese law, 24 percent protected from international trade under CITES, and another 17.6 percent including tigers, elephants, Elongated tortoise ( ndotestudo elongata) and Big headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) and crocodiles threatened worldwide, were being sold online in the country. According to WCS, the animals and their parts, 67 percent of which are domestic species, are used as pets and for medicine, food, breeding and decorations.
Scott Roberton, country director of WCS in Vietnam, said that online wildlife trade has been around in Vietnam for a long time but awareness of it was low. He said this activity was strictly controlled worldwide. WCS proposed at the conference that content management of the trading websites and forums be enhanced and that cooperation for wildlife protection between website administrators and law enforcement authorities should be increased.

Link 1 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Link 2 to this web article online (English)


Cambridgeshire, UK: Missing pet tortoise found alive after being lost for 10 months

DATE: 16th April, 2013

A tortoise that went missing ten months ago has been found alive - after his owner dug up his garden to build a house extension. Paul Bodger had assumed his pet would never be seen again after he went missing from his Cambridgeshire home last June. But when Mr Bodger began digging up his garden to add an extension to his house, they found a tortoise-shaped, mud-covered lump in the soil. Sydney, the five year old Horsefield's tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii) who had been a present to Mr White from his wife in 2011, was last seen in June before he disappeared overnight. His owners spent a fortnight looking for their pet, even calling in a gun dog to see if it could sniff the tortoise out. But when they still could not find Sydney they assumed he had wandered off forever. Mr Bodger said: 'Sydney is normally kept in a 25-26°C controlled environment, in a heated vivarium, and we never let him hibernate. So when he got out last June there is every chance he mistook the cool summer for winter and burrowed his way underground. That would explain why we couldn't find him.' After a checkup at the vet, who found the turtle to be healthy, Syndey has now returned to his heated vivarium and enjoys the warm temperatures after his 10 month hibernation.

Link 1 to this web article online (English)

Link 2 to this web article online (Vietnamese)



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