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22 elephants poached in Mozambique in two weeks
by Staff Writers
Maputo (AFP) Sept 22, 2014


Pakistan releases smuggled turtles into wild
Karachi (AFP) Sept 22, 2014 - Pakistani officials and environmentalists on Monday released some 200 rare turtles into the River Indus after the reptiles were retrieved from a southwestern Chinese town where they were seized by customs officials.

The Black Pond Turtles, which are listed as a "vulnerable" species, were smuggled from Pakistan to Taxkorgan in China's Xinjiang autonomous region in June.

According to a Chinese government statement, the turtles were found on a truck. Authorities arrested a suspect and then five would-be buyers.

Pakistani wildlife officials in August travelled by road to bring the turtles back home to a sanctuary in the town of Sukkur 470 kilometres (294 miles) north of Karachi in Sindh province, where they were held in quarantine.

"It is like we rescued a ship from the clutches of pirates. We are now releasing them into their natural habitat and it is a great accomplishment for me and my whole team," Javed Mahar, the chief of Sindh Wildlife Department, told AFP.

The black turtles, which feeds on plants, fish and shrimp, are also found in India's Ganges as well as the rivers of Bangladesh and Nepal.

Poachers slaughtered 22 elephants in Mozambique in the first two weeks of September, environmentalists said Monday, warning that killing for ivory by organised syndicates was being carried out on an "industrialised" scale.

Citing data from the southeast African nation's largest game reserve, Niassa, an advisor to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Carlos Pareira, said "in the first two weeks of September alone we counted 22 elephants that had been killed."

He was speaking at a meeting of Mozambican officials, law enforcement agents and diplomats in the capital Maputo.

Mozambique is under pressure from international conservation groups to do more to curb rampant poaching.

Until recently poaching was not considered a crime and those arrested often got off with a fine for illegal weapons possession, frustrating conservation efforts.

A new law passed in June toughens penalties for poachers, including hefty fines and jail terms of up to 12 years for killing protected species.

The US ambassador to Maputo, Douglas Griffiths, said the law was a "crucial step" but that Mozambique would need to "ensure it is respected by all and fully implemented."

The two-day seminar organised by the national prosecution office is aimed at educating magistrates, police commanders and prosecutors on the new legislation.

Likening the crisis to a "national disaster," the WCS, a New York-based environmental group, warned that organised crime syndicates were killing between 1,500 and 1,800 elephants a year, mostly in northern Mozambique.

The vast Niassa reserve, in the north, is twice the size of South Africa's Kruger National Park. It is co-managed by WCS with the Mozambican authorities.

The poachers use automatic weapons and high-calibre hunting rifles. But spikes concealed in the bush had also been used to wound animals in the coastal Querimbas reserve, causing them slow and agonising deaths from gangrene.

In the northern Tete province, poachers poison drinking water sources, killing not only elephants.

"The killing of elephants in the north of Mozambique... is reaching proportions never seen before," said Pareira.

"The killing of elephants is being industrialised," he said.

Ivory from Mozambique has been traced to markets in Hong Kong and Taiwan but trinkets and carvings are also sold on craft markets in Maputo, the meeting heard.

Although the new conservation law was approved in June, it will only go into effect at the end of the year, officials said.

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