Turtle wildlife crime in Indonesia


This is a video about the pig-nosed turtle, from the BBC’s Life in Cold Blood documentary series.

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.

The head of Jakarta‘s conservation agency Awen Supranata said today that the 687 turtles are being held at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport.

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.

May 2013. Following a Scottish SPCA investigation, a Forres gamekeeper has been convicted of setting snares illegally and in a manner likely to cause animals unnecessary suffering: 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.

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