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No. 253, 25th September 2016

1. Pakistan: Scores of turtle remains found along Sukkur lake
SOURCE: – DATE: 19th September 2016

Following the releases of 780 turtles into lake in Pakistan dozens of animals are now being found dead around the lakes edge.

780 Black Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) were confiscated from 12 traffickers, including three Chinese nationals. The animals were then released before being released in a lake in Sukkur, Sindh province, southeast Pakistan. But on the 19th of September 2016 it was reported many dead turtles were being found around the banks of the lake.

ATP NOTE: This highlights some of the challenges in dealing with large numbers of confiscated animals. It is logistically challenging and many animals are already sick, dying or highly stressed, even after release mortality can be high especially if they are not released back into appropriate habitat. Rehabilitation is often needs prior to release but preventing animals being caught in the first place is by far the greatest hope.

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dead turtle


2. Unique Yellow Turtle Found in Badin, Pakistan
SOURCE: – DATE: 20th September 2016

Every so often an oddity of nature will hit the headlines, and this time it’s the turn of a yellow turtle that has been found in Pakistan.

The strange animal was found by villagers in Ghulam Mohammed Farooqui, a small settlement in Pakistan’s Badin province on Monday (19th September 2016).

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Yellow Turtle


Indian Star Tortoise


3. India: Protected species of tortoises seized from trader in Navi Mumbai
SOURCE: – DATE: 22nd September 206

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) seized 24 Star Tortoises (Geochelone elegans) from a person selling the protected species from Airoli, Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra, India) on Monday (20th September 2016).

The accused was arrested under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 with the help of wildlife activists from NGO Plants and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). However, after paying a fine of Rs 25,000 (US$ 375) to WCCB, he was let off.

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4. Laos: Three reports shine spotlight on Lao PDR’s failure to tackle wildlife trafficking
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd September 2016

On the 23rd of September 2016, the role of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) in the international trafficking of protected wildlife was under scrutiny in the lead up to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting that gets fully underway this Saturday.

During the CITES Standing Committee, government representative members will examine a report written by the CITES Secretariat following a Mission to Lao PDR in July this year which is heavily critical of the way the country is failing to meet its requirements under CITES.

Their report highlights critical gaps in legislative coverage, a lack of law enforcement effort and a need to work with neighbouring countries to address transboundary trafficking of species along with a range of recommended actions.

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