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Madagascar | Over 7,000 radiated tortoises seized in 2nd large bust in months

Authorities in Madagascar confiscated 7,347 radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) from wildlife traffickers on Oct. 24, just months after a similar bust led to the seizure of nearly 10,000 tortoises of the same species in a nearby town.

“There’s this buzz in our ears of this vacuuming sound coming from the country” as tortoises are removed from the wild to satisfy domestic and international demand for meat and the pet trade, said Jordan Gray, communications and outreach coordinator for the South Carolina-based Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), in an interview with Mongabay.

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