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Endangered turtles dodge food pots

July 10, 2006
"We are stepping up enforcement efforts at our end because we want to send a clear message across that Singapore is not a transit hub for illegal wildlife trade,"
- Lye Fong Keng, AVA's wildlife regulatory branch head

Singapore - Singapore authorities have rescued 630 endangered turtles smuggled from Indonesia and destined for cooking pots, a wildlife trafficking watchdog and the government said on Wednesday.

It was the second mass seizure of smuggled turtles in Singapore since last month when 2-520 Asian Box Turtles were intercepted also on a boat that arrived from Indonesia, according to the statement.

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