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Star turle ; india ; illegal wildlife trade ; Mumbai ; endangered animal
Defying all rules and regulations of wildlife trade, star turtles are being sold openly in the city. The highly endangered turtle can be bought at a virtually throwaway price at Crawford market. Acting on a tip off, volunteers of Plant and Animal Welfare "We received information that traders at Crawford market were violating the wildlife protection laws and many endangered animals were being sold openly," said S Kunju of PAWS, Mumbai. Star turtle is a schedule IV animal and protected under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
Posing as customers, a team from PAWS led by Kunju approached Toufiq Khan of Fin O Feather, shop number 13 at Crawford Market. "Initially Khan quoted Rs700 for the turtle but the deal was struck for Rs500. Buying a star turtle was as easy as buying vegetables from a vendor," Kunju said.
Karim Khan, founder of People in Defence of Animals, a city-based NGO said that the vendors at Crawford market are known to be ...