Hong Kong wildlife authorities set to return 36 PH turtles seized from smugglers

Agence France-Presse (AFP), via InterAksyon.com, reports that wildlife authorities in Hong Kong will return 36 turtles to the Philippines. The turtles-20 pond turtles (found only in Palawan) and 16 South Asian box turtles-were seized from smugglers.

Agence France-Presse (AFP), via InterAksyon.com, reports that wildlife authorities in Hong Kong will return 36 turtles to the Philippines. The turtles-20 pond turtles (found only in Palawan) and 16 South Asian box turtles-were seized from smugglers. Hong Kong officials will hand them over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday, April 27. The report quoted Luz Corpuz of the DENR’s Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), who said that "it will mark the first time a protected Philippine species seized from the illegal wildlife trade abroad has been returned."

 

Corpuz went on to explain: "In the past we had routinely allowed protected wildlife confiscated abroad to be turned over to their local shelters because we do not have money. This time we’re lucky because we have a little money left and we would like to enhance our enforcement activities."

 

For more on this story, read the AFP story posted on InterAksyon.com.

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