22 Aug '11, 1am

New Study Finds Illegal Trade in Threatened Turtles and Tortoises Thriving in Indonesia

New Study Finds Illegal Trade in Threatened Turtles and Tortoises Thriving in Indonesia

The latest report published by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC reveals that an alarming number of protected and endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles are openly for sale in Indonesia. Malayan Snail-eating Turtle (Malayemys subtrijuga). Twenty of these CITES Appendix II-listed individuals were observed in Jakarta in 2010. Although Indonesian laws to combat illegal wildlife trade have been strengthened, and an increased number of airport seizures and market raids have been conducted, the effectiveness of these efforts continues to be hampered by corruption. Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora). Photographed at a reptile expo in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 10, 2010. Endangered species and discrepancies Researchers found 49 different species of tortoises and freshwater turtles during observations made at animal markets, reptile expos, and pet stor...

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