Thursday, 7 June 2012

Turtle Meat Vendors Nabbed - via Herp Digest

The Sunday Leader, India, May 28, 27, By K. Prashantie

This week, the Galle police busted a lucrative trade in turtle meat. 35 kilos of freshly cut turtle meat, while being transported, probably to be supplied to hotels and eateries, was seized by the Vice Squad led by I. P Ananda of the Galle police.

The two men, who were arrested with the contraband Chinna Kumar and Ravi Madavan, have been in the habit of hunting turtles for their flesh and eggs, mainly from the rivers and making a living out of supplying hotels and others at a very good price.

According to I. P Ananda, the two men were charged with violating the Fauna and Flora Act, which forbids the killing of turtles, and were fined Rs. 50.000.

This comes on the heels, of the news from Matale, where another racket of dealing in venison, which was being openly marketed, was also busted.

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