On August 11, Phu Yen authorities confiscated 16 Vietnamese pond turtles (Mauremys annamensis) while raiding a house in Dong Hoa district. All the confiscated turtles were found to be in poor health. Dong Hoa FPD immediately auctioned off the turtles to a local registered wildlife establishment one day later.
According to ENV, confiscated wildlife must not be auctioned as this could result in its return to being illegally kept or traded. ENV suggests transferring wildlife to rescue centers, museums or scientific facilities. If wildlife is found dead, it should be destroyed openly by under the observation of public or related authorities.
The Vietnamese pond turtle is an endangered and endemic turtle species, which only can be found in central Vietnam.
(Case Ref. 3631/ ENV)