In Prague someone has launched 200 protected turtles, they are in rescue centers.
Inspectors of the Czech Environmental Inspectorate employed an unusual case for six months.
In May, 264 protected green-tortoise turtles were found free to ride at the road in Prague’s Štěrboholy. It is not yet clear who has got rid of these rare animals.
“It was a species protected by the CITES Convention and endangered by extinction. In the Czech Republic it does not occur in the wild, it comes from southern Europe. It is legally required to prove origin, “said Inspector Inspector Erik Geuss.
Turtles aged approximately three to ten years were collected and taken to the rescue centers at the Prague Zoo and Pilsen Zoo. Only two failed to save.
The good condition of turtles indicates that they could come from farms from one of the countries of origin, such as Greece or Italy.
“One version is that they could have been illegally brought to the Czech Republic, but without proof of origin they would not sell legally, so someone could get rid of them,” Geuss said.
According to inspectors, the breeder sells a green turtle about 1 500 crowns, but the retail price may also be higher.
Inspectors of the Czech Environmental Inspectorate from the Department of Nature Conservation have just released the report, as the administrative proceedings have been ongoing. The turtles currently hibernate in the rescue centers and the Ministry of the Environment decides on their next placement.