Fading stars: India’s illegal tortoise trade - in pictures

The ‘shocking’ scale of illegal trade in star tortoises in southern India has been revealed in a study published in the journal Nature Conservation. A large-scale network, fuelled by growing international demand for exotic pets, is causing extreme suffering to the animals and threatening the survival of the species, researchers warn. In one site alone, at least 55,000 tortoises were poached from the wild in one year.

The Guardian

Last updated on 20 November 2015

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
India
Region: 
Asia
Species group: 
Reptiles