‘Hunters’ arrested
This morning two men were arrested with a mature female loggerhead in the back of their truck.  The two men, from Santiago island, claimed that they did not know it was against the law to kill and eat turtles.  Police had stopped the men to check their vehicle insurance and immediately contacted SOS Tartarugas when they found the turtle.  After tagging and collecting other data the turtle was released on Ponta Preta beach to the delight of many visitors.  The men are to be charged with Environmental Crime which carries a fine or maximum imprisonment of three years.
Thursday, 17 July 2008