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Taiwan’s turtle sanctuary in October

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Taiwan is to set up its first turtle sanctuary, officials said, after the second seizure within weeks of more than 2,000 of the protected creatures (in picture), bound for dinner plates in China. Taiwan’s coastguard discovered 2,439 Asian yellow pond and yellow-lined box turtles in a fishing boat in Tungkang on Saturday. The skipper of the boat, bound for China, and three Indonesian crew were arrested. They could face jail terms of up to five years plus a fine of up to $50,300, according to Taiwan’s wildlife protection law. The coastguard seized 2,626 rare turtles on board another boat last month as they were being taken off the island, in what the authorities said was their biggest ever seizure of smuggled turtles. The new sanctuary will open in October on the Feitsui reservoir outside the capital Taipei. — AFP


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