Hundreds of endangered sea turtles were saved from certain death after sailors interrupted poachers off the coast of the Philippines.

The rare animals were set to be sold to Chinese nationals, but the buyers managed to escape, the Filipino navy said.

Illegal trade where exotic animals are being sold to China has expanded in recent years as the nation's economy has grown.

The Filipino navy personnel collected the sea turtles and measured them before taking them back to shore.

The animals were put in makeshift cages near Balabac on Palawan island, from which they will be released back into the wild.

Sea turtles are not the only victims of illegal animal trade between China and the rest of the world.

This year South Africa reported a record numbers of rhinos killed for their horns.

Ivory trade has grown across the entire African continent and wildlife activist are blaming China, where ivory tusks of elephants are used to make ornaments and rhino horns are ground down to use in traditional medicine believing it can cure impotency and cancer.

Responses to "More than 100 of the animals are rescued from poachers and returned to the wild (Photos)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am so sick of hearing about China once again buying & killing various animal species, most of which are on the endangered list! We owe it to all the creatures of nature to boycott anything coming out of China. If it isn't deplorable child labor for clothing industries, it's the export of parts of the animals to countries around the world for the idiots who think they will become more virile, beautiful, etc. This nation is dangerous to all living things on our Planet and we need to speak out against them in whatever voice we have to make the point to stop them from their dishonorable and deplorable actions! Chiefruth

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