China seizes 620 turtles and tortoises smuggled from Vietnam

Chinese state media say border patrol officials have seized 620 wild turtles and tortoises — 510 of them considered endangered — that were found alive in a shipment of frozen seafood from Vietnam. The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that border police detected crawling sounds when they were inspecting the shipment at a border city in the southwestern region of Guangxi on Aug. 24. Xinhua said police discovered the endangered species, including Indochinese box turtles and elongated tortoises, in a shipment heading for the neighboring province of Guangdong, where the animals are considered delicacies.



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