14 Sep

Protocols for turtle confiscation, quarantine and safe release needed in Pakistan

760 black spotted turtles that were confiscated from a house in DHA, Karachi were released into their natural habitat by Sindh Wildlife Department and WWF-Pakistan on September 12, 2016. PAWS has grave concerns about the inhumane manner in which the turtles were transported from Karachi to Sukker and subsequently released into a lake near Rohri Toll Plaza. Read More

23 Nov

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, malady 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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23 Oct

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, treatment 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. Read More

13 Oct

(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, price 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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09 Oct

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, patient sources told Dawn on Sunday.

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04 Oct

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, buy 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. Read More