Woman convicted for turtle meat possession

green turtleVia Today in Seychelles 3 April 2013: A woman residing at Capucins, Anse Aux Pins has been convicted and fined SCR5,000 ($415) for illegal possession of turtle meat, the Ministry of Environment and Energy has reported.

 

The case was brought against the woman after officers of the Environment Ministry received information on 16 October 2012 that she was in possession of turtle meat. A search warrant executed by the Police accompanied by the Ministry officials at her residence turned up 1.5kg of turtle meat.

Welcoming the sentence at the end of last week, the Ministry said that the conviction sent out a strong message to anyone involved in poaching. The Ministry also thanked the Police and members of  the public for their support and encouraged people to make use of the Green Line to inform the Ministry of any illegal activities which they feel could threaten the protected species.

The green turtle is protected in Seychelles and is listed on the Red List of endangered species by the IUCN.

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