Turtles are a smuggler's goldmine 走私者的「黃金」龜

Wed, Jan 17, 2007 - Page 14

More than 2,000 freshwater turtles were taken from people in northern India who wanted to smuggle them to other countries. Nine people were arrested in India, police said.

An Indian wildlife protection law makes selling these turtles illegal. After the turtles were found, they were released back into the wild.

"People like the meat of the turtle because they believe it is a good medicine," said the police.

Wildlife expert Jayan Chaudhry said that turtle meat sells for around 1,000 rupees (NT$700) a kilogram in India, but people outside of India will pay up to 10,000 rupees (NT$7,000) for a kilogram.

"People also want to use turtles for their skin. That skin is good for making leather products," said Chaudhry.

Taiwan also has problems with people smuggling turtles, especially in Kinmen, according to a Taiwanese wildlife society.

Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia also have turtle smuggling problems.

(Jason Cox, Staff Writer with AFP)

印度警方查獲北部有人企圖走私兩千多隻淡水龜偷渡至國外。有九人遭到逮捕。

印度的野生動物保護法明定販賣保育龜類犯法。這些淡水龜被尋獲後,已野外放生。

警方說︰「人們喜歡龜肉,因為他們相信龜肉滋補養生。」

野生動物專家賈楊.曹德瑞表示,一公斤的龜肉在印度可賣到一千盧比(新台幣七百元)左右,但在印度外可賣到一萬盧比(新台幣七千元)。

曹德瑞說︰「人們也喜歡利用龜皮,適合做皮製品。」

台灣野生動物協會表示,台灣同樣有走私海龜的問題,尤其是金門。

香港、新加坡與印尼也都有走私海龜的問題。

(翻譯:賴美君)