Zimbabwe arrests rare tortoise eaters

2012-02-16 17:07

Harare - An animal protection group says four Chinese nationals have been arrested on cruelty charges after they cut up and ate rare tortoises.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the men admitted killing 40 of the Bell's hinged species, which are listed as endangered.

Another 13 live tortoises and tortoise meat were found in a house raided by investigators in rural southern Zimbabwe, the group said on Thursday.

Villagers reported selling tortoises to the Chinese citizens to eat and said the reptiles were dropped into boiling water to dislodge their shells before being butchered.

The four were found to have illegally entered Zimbabwe and were now in jail awaiting deportation, the group said.

  • Cracker - 2012-02-16 17:40

    Some good news from that quarter!

      david.streicher - 2012-02-16 19:47

      The small dickenese will eat anything.

  • Jennifer - 2012-02-16 17:53

    Great job catching them ~send them home!

  • Grimett - 2012-02-16 18:13

    they probably think they are entitled after they bought uncle Bob a bus for his birthday.

  • Ron - 2012-02-16 18:28

    Bloody Chinese should be eliminated from this planet - they have no respect for everything that is endangered - rhino, abalone, tortoises. What next?

  • Whitty - 2012-02-16 18:50

    It's a pity the Chinese were not there in the garden of Eden, do you know why I'm so sure they were not there? because they would have eaten the bloody snake before it could deceive the poor Eve.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-02-16 18:57

    I would love to drop him in boiling water and sees how he likes it!

  • shingic1 - 2012-02-17 09:45

    Now that's funny! People with an actual reason(weird though) to jump the border into Zim?

      Kusleg - 2012-02-18 14:48

      Zim is super Shingi.....many whites left against their will and they still dream of going back there.

  • LadySonia - 2012-05-28 09:40


      Gerhard - 2012-05-28 12:10

      Not very lady-like.

  • Nyameko - 2012-05-29 10:16

    They are here to elliminate the African capital. Slaughter & chop them into 40 peaces and export them to china for tortoise meat.

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