12 Nov

It’s turtle nesting season in Karachi

There’s an article by Faiza Ilyas in DAWN today about sea turtle hatchlings being available at animal markets in Karachi.

KARACHI, Nov 11: Illegal trade in marine turtles seems to be booming in the city as a group of volunteers, who claimed to have bought 200 green turtles from a market, released some of them at the Russian beach on Monday. Most of the turtles (20 in number) showed little movement when they were released into the water near Port Qasim.

Please have a look and be sure to leave a comment on their website today thanking DAWN for their continued coverage of animal welfare issues. Do this today as they tend to close off comments oh too soon. You can also send in a letter to the editor at letters@dawn.com about the importance of protecting our wildlife. Thanks!

10 Nov

Sharp decline in catch threatens lobsters export

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:

KARACHI, buy Nov 9: Lobsters might vanish completely from the list of the country’s exports within a few years as their catch has declined sharply, buy experts and individuals associated with the seafood industry told Dawn on Saturday.

The government exchequer, they said, was suffering losses because lobsters, like fish and shrimps, were caught indiscriminately throughout the year in violation of the law.

More here.

09 Nov

Captive whales and dolphins in Karachi

Karachi: The Friday, view November 8 DAWN has an article by Faiza Ilyas about the arrival of Stephen, a Beluga whale from Moscow, for the entertainment of Pakistanis. Marine mammal shows are scheduled to be held next month by a private firm despite reservations by nature conservation experts on the violation of animal rights.

Beluga whale“We strongly suggest to the government and the agencies concerned to reconsider the initiative and look into the matter in detail. There are sufficient opportunities for public to see wild dolphins off the shore of Pakistan, especially Karachi. They can be observed without too much effort or expense and the experience is much more rewarding,” stated the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in a statement. Read More