Our wildlife is being trafficked: Take responsibility to ensure justice!
Despite this, tortoises continue to be seized in airports, personal vehicles, taxi-brousses, houses, even in coffins…the power of the law is relatively weak, whether it is on the side of those who have the responsibility to enforce it or on the side of those who do not fear violating it.
The seizure of April 10, 2018 was made possible through the vigilance, diligence and engagement of a task-force created in 2017, made up of civil society, local environmental management of ecology and forests, WWF, MNP, communication services in Tuléar, the court system of Toliara, the region of Atsimo Andrefana, the police and national guard and the regional management of mines. It was supported by BIANCO.
I congratulate them will all of my heart, and I thank all of the people and organizations that have contributed to this unprecedented seizure. I thank also all of the people of goodwill, and the conservation organizations, in particular the Tortoise Village of Ifaty and Turtle Survival Alliance, which helped to welcome and administer treatment to the animals. The tortoises are now in the shelter, but more than 600 died following the mistreatment that they endured.
The seizure of April 10, 2018 revealed clearly the existence of an organized network for the illicit radiated tortoise trade. In other words, they didn’t amass 10,000 tortoises in a day, and it seems equally less plausible that they had planned to sell that many in the back alleys of Toliara or even Tana. Such a quantity of animals suggests careful organization and extensive human resources.