By Sarah Pappin
A Vietnamese man has been arrested for trading in endangered sea turtles. According to Thanh Nien News, police have apprehended 28-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Dong Anh, after discovering 50 slayed sea turtles in his home in the Dong Nai province.
Apparently, the suspect admitted to trading in the endangered animals since last October.
He reportedly also told the officials that he had been sourced the sea turtles from someone in the Mekong Delta, hired people to slaughter and process them, and then sold them both locally and in China.
It seems other suspects have also been summoned for questioning by authorities.
Although the report does not indicate which species the haul was comprised of, three of the world’s seven sea turtle species can be found in Vietnam — according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Inquirer News reported that officials discovered 66 sea turtle carcasses hanging to dry in the Gumbahali’s stilted house, which apparently is located on the shoreline in Tawi-Tawi.
Later, when tidal waters had receded, the authorities apparently discovered 39 live sea turtles — critically endangered Hawksbills and endangered Green turtles — trapped in a net under the suspect’s house, bringing the total number of turtles confiscated to 105. More....