Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

First They Came For Our Bear Gall Bladders

What is it with the Chinese and their desire to eat all our wildlife? In this instance, it's turtles hunted legally. But, it looks like they are disappearing fast.

An average of 94,442 turtles per year are taken by dealers, mostly for export from the state, according to figures from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request showed more than 267,000 wild turtles were exported to Hong Kong from Dallas from 2002 to 2005, said Chris Jones, an environmental attorney who has lobbied for turtle protections.

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