Endangered turtles rescued from soup

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Authorities in Singapore have siezed hundreds of endangered turtles which were going to be turned into soup.

According to a report from the Daily News, authorities rescued 630 endangered Asian softshell turtles which had been smuggled out of Indonesia and were destined for the food trade.

The Singapore government told the Daily News that a 35-year old man from Singapore who is believed to have imported the turtles has been arrested and will be charged under new laws covering wildlife trafficking which were introduced earlier this year.

Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Association (AVA) confirmed that the man could face a fine of up to 500,000 Singapore dollars (171,000) and up to two-years in jail if convicted.

In China and other parts of Asia some people believe that eating turtle soup boosts the immune system.

The Asian soft shell turtle is protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).