Police seize 1 000 stuffed turtles in Vietnam

2014-11-21 17:02

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Hanoi - Police in southern Vietnam have seized more than 1 000 stuffed sea turtles which were found in two warehouses belonging to an illegal taxidermy business, local media reported on Friday.

Police raided the warehouses on Wednesday and have handed the remains to the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute for identification.

Some of the creatures were found with devices used by scientists to track endangered species, newspaper Thanh Nien reported.

Local police said it was the largest illegal taxidermy operation they had seen, a report in Lao Dong newspaper said.

The owner allegedly planned to sell the turtles as handicrafts.

Vietnam is home to five species of sea turtle: the green turtle, the leatherback turtle, the loggerhead turtle, the hawksbill turtle and the olive ridley turtle. Three of the species are endangered.

In Vietnam green turtles are considered a delicacy and often sold as meat. Hawksbill turtles are much sought after for their brown and yellow carapace plates which are made into jewellery and ornaments, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature.

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