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Illegal Tortoise Trade in Madagascar

According to a report from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), “Armed bands of poachers are illegally collecting Madagascar’s radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) by the truckload for the lucrative pet and meat trades.”

This Radiated Tortoise (the once common species only found in Madagascar) is considered to be one of the most beautiful turtles in the pet trade and could easily be driven to extinction in two decades due to the rampant overexploitation.

Photo found on The Huffington Post

“I can’t think of a tortoise species that has undergone a more rapid rate of decline in modern times, or a more drastic contraction in range, than the radiated tortoise,” said Rick Hudson, president of the TSA.

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