Chinese turtle heist sends rare Philippine species brink of extinction

Mongabay: 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 Horne is the Wildlife Conservation Society's coordinator......

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