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Tortoises X-rayed inside a suitcase © Panjit Tansom / TRAFFIC

Turtle and tortoise seizures in Thailand 2008–2013

Tortoises X-rayed inside a suitcase © Panjit Tansom / TRAFFIC

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Published 19th September 2014

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Thailand’s tortoise seizures significant but insufficient follow-up to quash illegal trade

Bangkok, Thailand, 19th September 2014—Tortoises and freshwater turtles may be slow movers, but they are being smuggled at lightning speed through Thailand, with close to 19,000 seized in six years. A new TRAFFIC report, Seizures of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Thailand 2008-2013, analyses 53 reported seizures of tortoises and freshwater turtles in Thailand, over half of which took place at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

Seizures of tortoises and freshwater turtles in Thailand 2008–2013

Report author(s):
S.C.L. Chng

Publication date:
September 2014