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Illegal trading of black spotted turtles to China

By Irfan Munna:

The trade of black spotted turtles and pangolins is so profitable in Punjab that people, who were before involved in human and drugs trafficking, have switched over. The profits are just as high, if not higher, and probability of uncovering and prosecution are next to none. In inferior case situations, those trapped are charged with fines that they pay without much fuss allowing for the profit margins involved.

Unfortunately couple of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan are been involved in the illegal trading of the pangolins across the border to china. The main reason behind this case is that the black spotted turtles and Pangolin trade gives a better high than drugs.

World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan’s Dr Masood Arshad told 229 black-spotted turtles were detained from China, and two Pakistani smugglers and five Chinese buyers were trapped. This led to an appealing first as all animals that are seized living are to be sent back to their nation of origin. Therefore, these 229 turtles made the long trip back home and have now been free into the wild.



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