Pet Trade Driving Demand for the Black Spotted Turtle – TRAFFIC report

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Black spotted turtles seized (from
Black spotted turtles seized (from

Serene Chng’s first report for TRAFFIC! She is now working on wild animals traded for pets and fashion.

The Black Spotted Turtle Geoclemys hamiltonii is listed in Appendix I of CITES, which means all international trade in this species is illegal. In the report, over 1,960 animals were seized between January 2008 and March 2014. The report doesn’t include 230 turtles seized on May 14 after the report was written.

You can download the full report here:Escalating Black Spotted Turtle trade in Asia – A study of seizures

She also more recently wrote a guest blog on Illegal Wildlife Trade on The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project. Click here to read it:


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