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Chinese turtle heist sends rare Philippine species brink of extinction: Mongabay

A traumatized turtle on its way to rehab. Photo credit: Dr. Sabine Schoppe, Katala Foundation. On Friday, June 19, Philippine authorities raided a warehouse on the island of Palawan and confiscated more than 4,000 live, illegally harvested rare turtles, only days before they were to be shipped to foreign food and pet markets. "It appears that a businessman, a Chinese national in the Philippines, had stored them in a warehouse in large cement tanks, piled a dozen deep, awaiting export to China," Dr. Brian D. Horne told mongabay.com. Horne is the Wildlife Conservation Society's coordinator for freshwater turtle and tortoise conservation. The massive haul included over 3,800 critically endangered Philippine forest turtles – animals in very poor health and showing signs of severe neglect from long captivity. An injured turtle enters rehab. Vets, handlers and helpers from aroun...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0629-scherer-philippine-tur...

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