Dozens of endangered turtles disappear from Okinawa zoo


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Japanese? These turtles will be in the Chinese restaurant / quack's storeroom faster than you can say "Ni hao".

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There's a large and profitable trade in illegal turtles in Japan, going back decades at least. You'd think that the responsible section chief at the Okinawa Zoo would know that, and take better security precautions than "cable ties used to secure netting... (which were) loose enough to enable an adult to sneak into the area," would you not?

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Coming to an exotic pet shop near you soon! - I've always been shocked and disgusted by the endangered animals for sale in exotic pet shops in Tokyo. I searched them out when I first came here. All kinds of Australian lizards, birds, insects, arachnids and marsupials, all of which are protected and banned from export. Many endangered animals from South America and Africa as well. It's like Japanese drivers ignoring stop signs and red lights. There are laws in place, but they are rarely (if ever) enforced.

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Poor little guys.

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A lot of Japanese people seem to have an appetite for endangered species.

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One of my favorite animals, raised a few turtle species and this is just sad as well as revolting. Why would some selfish person take an animal knowing it’s an endangered species? Unless they got big, big money for doing it. Hope they find these disgusting people.

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