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Customs asked to explain what action has been taken against turtle smugglers

Report in EXPRESS TRIBUNE:

smuggled turtlesKARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has called a report on the proceedings initiated by the Customs authorities against the alleged traffickers of 218 rare, black-spotted turtles. A division bench, headed by SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, also directed the deputy attorney general to file replies of the interior ministry and the climate change division on efforts to curb the smuggling of endangered species from Pakistan. The bench also issued a notice to the alleged trafficker through the Customs court to appear on December 12.

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29 permits issued to Gulf states royal families for houbara bustard hunting

Bhagwandas in DAWN:

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 7.04.20 pmKARACHI: The federal government has issued at least 29 special permits to royal family members of the Gulf states — the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Kingdom of Bahrain — for hunting the internationally protected houbara bustard in Pakistan, it emerged on Saturday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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