From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Smuggled turtles confiscated
INDONESIA: Conservation agency officers have confiscated hundreds of endangered pig-nose turtles at an airport in the capital.
Mr Supranata said the person who sent the turtles was not known, but he believed the turtles were destined for Europe or some Asian countries.
May 2013. The United Nations’ anti-crime body has resolved to step up the global fight against wildlife and forest crime in recognition of the urgent threat it poses and the serious nature of the criminal networks involved: here.
November, 2013: Four suitcases containing 470 black pond turtles have been seized at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok by Thai Royal Customs and a Pakistani national on a flight from Lahore was arrested. The turtles, which varied in size from 6-25cm in length, are increasingly at risk from the pet trade in Southeast and East Asia and becoming increasingly rare in the wild: here.
China returned 204 confiscated CITES-listed black pond turtles to Pakistan: here.
November 2013: An investigation by Al Jazeera’s 101 East current affairs programme has tracked down the infamous wildlife trafficker Anson Wong and discovered he is still operating his multi-million dollar illegal business: here.
- Indonesia Airport Confiscates Hundreds of Endangered Pig-Nose Turtles (scienceworldreport.com)
- Indonesian officials seize 700 endangered pig-nosed turtles (rawstory.com)
- Nearly 500 Smuggled Turtles Confiscated At Thai Airport As Illegal Pet Trade Skyrockets (huffingtonpost.com)
- Almost 500 protected turtles found in Thai airport bags (abc.net.au)
- Pakistani caught in Thailand with 470 turtles (dawn.com)
- 470 Rare Black Pond Turtles Found Hidden in Suitcases at Thai Airport (news.softpedia.com)
- Scientists baffled over the deaths of hundreds of sea turtles in Central America (oceansspirit.wordpress.com)
- Almost 1,000 smuggled turtles found in luggage at Thai airport (treehugger.com)