• Case of alleged New Jersey turtle trafficker shows scale of black market

    7 days ago - By National Post

    The arrest of a U.S. national accused of trafficking thousands of protected turtles has thrown a new spotlight on the illegal wildlife trade that spans the globe and threatens to force rare species of the reptile into extinction.
    The forthcoming trial of David Sommers, 62, has exposed New Jersey as an unlikely hotbed of turtle poaching, due to high demand from Asia, where native populations have been depleted, wildlife advocates say.
    Popular for its meat, medicinal qualities and as an exotic pet, a single turtle of the right breed can be sold for hundreds or even thousands of dollars on...
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