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Sindh High Court stays proceedings on turtle smuggling case

confiscated turtlesSeveral newspapers yesterday covered the ongoing turtle smuggling case in Pakistan. Please read and share widely. Turtles and tortoises are listed as endangered species by IUCN and CITES as their population is on the verge of extinction. These stories give us an opportunity to send appreciative letters to the editors about the importance of wildlife conservation. Do thank them for the coverage of wildlife issues in their publications and demand justice for the voiceless.

Be sure to let us know if a publication prints your letter(s) so we can share your success with other writers. Thank you for all your efforts in behalf of animals! Continue reading

Chief Justice Sindh High Court issues notices to respondents on landmark petition for enforcement of all laws relating to turtles and tortoises

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2014

Karachi: Pakistan Animal Welfare Society and others have filed a petition in the Sindh High Court for the enforcement of all laws relating to turtles and tortoises in Pakistan as well as the international treaties signed on their behalf. There was a preliminary hearing today regarding this petition which was heard by the divisional bench of the court comprising of two judges headed by the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court. Continue reading

(Video) A case of smuggled turtles – part one

The Sindh Wildlife Department has taken an alleged turtle smuggler to court. The next hearing begins at 8.30am sharp on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Malir Court. Your presence will put pressure on the courts to make an exemplary punishment as well as on the Sindh Assembly to pass the necessary amendments to the currently porous law.

#StopTurtleSmuggling

Pakistan contacts Thailand for information on turtle seizure

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 4.46.58 pmKARACHI: Pakistan has requested CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)-Management Authority of Thailand to provide details on seizures of turtles and tortoises that have been made over the past few years which according to press reports were smuggled out of Pakistan, sources told Dawn on Sunday.

More here.

Zoo compromises on feed for turtles, crocs

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 4.39.36 pmKARACHI: Water birds, turtles and crocodiles at the zoo have not been properly fed for the past few months apparently because the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has not paid dues to contractors despite earning millions of rupees every year from the facility, it emerged on Saturday.

More here.

A case of smuggled turtles – court hearing on World Animal Day

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The Sindh Wildlife Department has taken an alleged turtle smuggler to court. The accused, Sajid Cheema, is from Gujranwala and lives in Bangkok. He was caught red-handed at the Karachi airport last month with 218 black spotted turtles stuffed in his briefcase. More than 45 of the turtles have died so far, the rest have been released back into the wild. Continue reading

Public pressure to save turtles

Dear friends,

Illegal wildlife trade is rampant in Pakistan. Fortunately last month a smuggler was caught red-handed at Karachi airport taking 218 black spotted turtles to Bangkok to be sold as food and pets. The Sindh Wildlife Department has taken him to court. Please show your support in person at the hearing tomorrow. A good attendance will put pressure on the courts to set an exemplary punishment. Continue reading

A fresh start for freshwater turtles

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A hearing at the Malir District Court today has cleared the consignment of 218 turtles confiscated at Karachi airport on 20th September for return to their natural habitat this coming Thursday. Details about the recovery are here. The next hearing is expected to set the penalty for the offending party and is scheduled for Saturday, 4th oct. Continue reading

Livestock for Livelihood

Village life

Help support the livelihood of the families of Sindh and Baluchistan’s rural communities by donating a goat. Goats can provide an ongoing income through the sale of milk and ghee, as well as supplement their own diet and agriculture.

Your donation of 16,000 PKR will buy a healthy goat which we’ll deliver to a family in need. This cost includes: purchase of the goat and its delivery, initial veterinary examination and vaccination. You can, however, donate any amount you want. Continue reading