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(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

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!

Sharp decline in catch threatens lobsters export

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:

KARACHI, Nov 9: Lobsters might vanish completely from the list of the country’s exports within a few years as their catch has declined sharply, 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.

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Equine Welfare in Pakistan

Equine Welfare in Pakistan

Karachi, March 27, 2013: A meeting was called by The Brooke at the
Beach Luxury hotel today to address equine welfare concerns in
Pakistan. The objective of the meeting was to form working groups on
advocacy and legislation that would contribute towards a better
environment for horses, donkeys and mules. The participants included
relevant stakeholders from private organisations as well as government
officials. Continue reading

A threatened species

Editorial in DAWN:

In an encouraging sign for advocates of animal welfare, the World Wide Fund for Nature, along with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department, has initiated a programme to track leopards in Ayubia National Park with radio collars. As reported in this paper, the collars will aid conservationists in monitoring the routes and activities of the animal found in the northern regions of the country.

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