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In Agra, India, cases of wildlife poaching are becoming more and more common. Just this week, after receiving an urgent call on their helpline from a concerned local citizen, Wildlife SOS found 52 turtles entangled in a poacher’s net. The turtles were found in Keetham Lake, located inside of the Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.

Officials from Wildlife SOS, one of South Asia’s largest rescue and conservation non-profit organizations, were horrified and disheartened to find that by the time they reached the lake, 42 of the turtles were dead. Luckily, with the help of the local forest department, they were able to rescue 12 of the struggling creatures.

The fact that the four turtle species they identified during the rescue were “protected” under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, goes to show that locals are completely disregarding the ordinances set in place to protect these animals.

Considering Southeast Asia is currently the most popular market for tortoiseshell products, this type of cruel activity is not all that surprising. Turtles, which are associated with knowledge, longevity, and spirituality in Asian culture, are largely sought out for their beautiful shells which are used for decoration or jewelry, as well as for their supposed healing and medicinal properties. That sure is a backward way of celebrating a beloved animal shaman!

Officials from Wildlife SOS are not calling the 12-turtle-rescue a victory just yet. They are currently on the hunt to find the culprits behind this particular massacre, and hopefully of all the poaching that has been going on in this area as of late. For now, the most helpful contribution you can make to stop these cruel practices is to spread awareness. As Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Wildlife SOS said, “awareness regarding the illegality of the offense and the abominable treatment of these animals is incredibly important to curb cruelty and poaching of wildlife.”

We can all push officials to start strongly enforcing poaching laws around the world by letting them know that we are aware, and we are not okay with it.

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29 comments on “12 Turtles Trapped in Illegal Poaching Nets Freed by Kind Rescuers (VIDEO)”

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Robin Ragland Smith
7 Months Ago

Makes me sick....and furious.

Lisa Reich
7 Months Ago

Thank you sooooo much for helping them!

Lorette Scott
7 Months Ago

Jasmine Victoria
7 Months Ago

Alexandra Love McDaniel

Nadine Morris
7 Months Ago

Poor turtles thanks for saving some

Raghavendra Naik
7 Months Ago

Waaw so cute...

Debbie Whittemore Calderon
7 Months Ago

Thank you for helping the ones you could!!!!

Ann Hood
7 Months Ago

Poach a poacher !!

Cynthia Wilson
7 Months Ago

What the hell is up with these stupid people? Hope the remaining ones survive.

Alexander Arellano
7 Months Ago

hope the ones that managed to survive recover soon, and i hope this disgusting poacher is put behind bars (getting rid of them would be better option though, species already have it tough trying to adapt to the changing environment and fragmented landscapes). MMMM i wonder, what do all those people will do once they have annihilated every single exotic animal? i really wonder


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