Illegally trafficked: some of the Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtles that were sent home to Japan from Hong Kong in March 2019. Photo: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Illegal wildlife trade still needs tougher penalties, say Hong Kong experts after rare turtle smuggling case

  • A Hong Kong court sentenced a Japanese man who smuggled 60 endangered turtles to a year in prison, a huge disappointment for environmentalists
  • While the turtles (minus one) are now back in Japan, wildlife experts say the case highlights the need for tougher penalties as the illegal wildlife trade grows
Topic |   Conservation

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Illegally trafficked: some of the Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtles that were sent home to Japan from Hong Kong in March 2019. Photo: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
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