Rare black pond turtles re­turned to Pak­istan

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China handed over 204 con­fis­cated black pond turtles to Pak­istan, one of the rare an­i­mals’ main habi­tats, mark­ing the first time China has re­turned smug­gled rare an­i­mals to their source coun­try.

The an­i­mals will be set free in a na­tional park near Karachi.

The turtles’ re­turn is a ma­jor step in China’s ef­forts to com­bat wildlife poach­ing and smug­gling.

In June, po­lice caught a Pak­istani sus­pect who smug­gled the an­i­mals and five Chi­nese buy­ers, who said they in­tended to sell them. Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, the turtles can be sold for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,627) each as pets in China.

The an­i­mal is listed on the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species and has first-de­gree na­tional pro­tec­tion sta­tus in China.

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