Published On: Mon, Dec 7th, 2015

Turtle Smuggling in the U.S., Illegal Logging in Gabon, and More

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1Every Sunday, Wildlife Watch notes some of the previous week’s wildlife crime arrests and convictions around the world.

TURTLE SMUGGLING: Kai Xu, a Canadian college student, pleaded guilty to smuggling or attempting to smuggle thousands of turtles out of southeastern Michigan, according to The Associated Press. Last year, authorities caught him with 51 turtles strapped to his body.

BIRD SMUGGLING: Wildlife authorities in East Java, a province of Indonesia, seized plastic baskets crammed with 2,711 live native birds from a docked passenger ship and arrested one person in connection with the incident, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife monitoring organization. Authorities believe the birds were destined for Jakarta’s Pramuka Bird Market.

RHINO POACHING: Police raids led to the arrests of 12 people allegedly connected to rhino poaching in Gauteng and North West, two provinces in South Africa, The Examiner Post reported. The raids were part of “Operation Ringleader.”

ILLEGAL LOGGING: More than 30 people have been arrested and accused of taking part in an illegal logging network in Gabon, the EAGLE Network announced this week. Those arrested include international loggers and government employees.

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