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  • Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives
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  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
Comment: Owl is symbol of Maldivian solidarity against cruelty to animals thumbnail

Comment: Owl is symbol of Maldivian solidarity against cruelty to animals

“Perhaps the climax of this confusion and mistrust will see the ministries reach agreement among themselves, and will allow Maldivians to enjoy animals that are not endangered and are not ‘dangerous’ to the Maldives’ environment and its human inhabitants,” writes Mariyam Raina.


Fisheries Ministry and MNDF at odds over decision to destroy confiscated pets thumbnail

Fisheries Ministry and MNDF at odds over decision to destroy confiscated pets

Disagreements continue to surround the destruction of over 120 pets deemed to have been illegally imported into the country. The animals – including an owl – were destroyed after being confiscated by police last weekend.


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Authorities pass responsibility for decision to destroy confiscated animals

While the MNDF have admitted putting down the animals confiscated by police last weekend, they allege that the procedures were taken upon the police’s request. The claim has been denied by police, who have subsequently pointed the finger at the customs department.


Averting climate change catastrophe is still possible, says environment minister thumbnail

Averting climate change catastrophe is still possible, says environment minister

“We are determined and actively working towards increasing our share of renewable in the electricity production of populated islands by 30% within next 5 years,” said Minister of Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim.


Growing for the future: Hydroponics in the Maldives thumbnail

Growing for the future: Hydroponics in the Maldives

With little fertile land and an over-reliance on imports of staple food, Mohamed Shafeegu of Seagull Maldives argues that the water-based system of agriculture could be the answer to sustainable agriculture in the country.


Reports of exotic animals set loose as police crack down on illegal pets thumbnail

Reports of exotic animals set loose as police crack down on illegal pets

“We have heard from the police that some people are releasing those things into the wild, and that is a big concern to us,” Director General of the EPA Ibrahim Naeem told Minivan News.


Indonesian NGO offers to rescue slow loris from euthanasia thumbnail

Indonesian NGO offers to rescue slow loris from euthanasia

The Jakarta Animal Aid Network has proposed to take the illegally trafficked animal, while hundreds have signed a petition to save the animal’s life. Officials from the government have maintained that the “Maldives cannot bear any expense of transporting it”.


Slow loris to be euthanised as Environment Ministry runs out of options thumbnail

Slow loris to be euthanised as Environment Ministry runs out of options

“This decision does not affect the wild population or the conservation potential of the species,” Assistant Director for the Environment Department Ilham Atho Mohamed has said. “We have already explored all options and have come to a decision from the Ministry’s side.”


Against the current – Turtle conservation in the Maldives thumbnail

Against the current – Turtle conservation in the Maldives

“Its really tough when you’re only 4-5 inches long with no defence techniques at all -apart from looking incredibly cute,” said Seamarc’s Sam Hope, whose organisation is working to increase local turtle populations in the Maldives.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories