• Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Pakistan urged to ban Arab sheikhs from hunting endangered birds

Discussion in 'Social & Current Events' started by FalconsForPeace, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. FalconsForPeace

    FalconsForPeace SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    1,124
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2013
    Ratings:
    +3 / 1,360 / -0
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    Special licences given to high-rolling dignitaries to kill houbara bustard, which is considered to be at risk of extinction

    [​IMG]

    An Emirati man holds a falcon in Abu Dhabi
    A Emirati man holds a falcon at an Abu Dhabi hunting exhibition. The exploits of high-rolling Arab falconers are well‑known in Pakistan. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

    Pakistan is witnessing a mounting backlash against Arab sheikhs who spend part of their winters hunting a rare bird that conservationists warn is at risk of extinction.

    Activists in the country say they are determined to end the annual killing of houbara bustards, an elusive bird that migrates each winter from central Asia to Pakistan's warmer climes.

    Although the birds are officially protected, VIP visitors from the Gulf enjoy their traditional hunts with falcons and believe the houbara's meat has aphrodisiac properties.

    "Is there any more ridiculous reason to kill an animal?" said Naeem Sadiq, a Karachi-based activist who petitioned the Lahore high court to ban the practice. "If it's illegal for Pakistanis to kill these birds why should the Arab sheikhs be allowed to do it?"

    On Friday, the court slapped an interim ban on hunting in Punjab province, where the government has issued special hunting permits to royalty from across the Arab world.

    Numbers of houbara, which are considered to be at risk of extinction by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, have fallen dramatically in recent decades.

    They have been almost wiped out on the Arabian peninsula and various countries in the region, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, have set up breeding programmes to try to revive numbers.

    While houbara hunting has been banned in India for decades, Pakistan continues to give special licences to Arab rulers and senior officials. This year Pakistan issued 33 permits allowing dignitaries to kill up to 100 birds each.

    The list of licence holders is a who's who of Gulf potentates, including the emirs of Kuwait and Qatar, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the president of the UAE.

    The Arab kingdoms are home to huge numbers of Pakistani expatriate workers and the government is loth to jeopardise its relationship with such important regional allies.

    "Arab dignitaries have been coming for hunting for decades and decades – it's a longstanding tradition," said Tasneem Aslam, from Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs. "Ten years ago there wasn't so much public awareness about the issue but now we see more voices raising their concern."

    It's not just environmental activists and the country's boisterous media that increasingly focuses on the comings and goings of Arab dignitaries but also politicians determined to stop the sport.

    Sindh, one of Pakistan's four provinces where a large number of licences were issued for the hunting season, is attempting to challenge the foreign affairs ministry's right to issue permits.

    "We believe the constitution gives the right to give licences to the provinces," said Sikandar Ali Mandhro, a Sindh provincial government minister leading the fight. "If we succeed we will immediately introduce a five- or 10-year ban because the bird numbers have become so low."

    Few outsiders have witnessed one of the bustard-hunting expeditions, but stories about the high-rolling Arab falconers are legendary in Pakistan.

    Tons of equipment is flown in by private transport planes, including the falcons used to hunt the rare quarry. Luxuriously appointed camps are set up for the sheikh and his guests, who often stay for weeks.

    Local communities value the money spent by their annual visitors, who have paid for improvements to roads and airstrips, as well as paying for the means to build mosques and schools.

    An official from the Houbara Foundation Pakistan, which rescues birds captured for illegal shipment to the Gulf, said there was a desperate need for a proper national survey of houbara numbers in order to decide whether limited hunting should be allowed to continue.

    "The real problem arises once a hunting camp is set up and other people come and take advantage," said the official, who did not wish to be named. "We have informal information about locals shooting the birds."

    Pakistan urged to ban Arab sheikhs from hunting endangered birds | World news | theguardian.com
     
  2. KingMamba

    KingMamba ELITE MEMBER

    Messages:
    12,335
    Joined:
    May 23, 2012
    Ratings:
    +11 / 19,342 / -3
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    United States
    Pakistan's government is full of slaves, what else can one expect from such Chutiyas. They cannot even protect human life how will they say no to those who wish to end the lives of these endangered birds? :tdown::disagree:
     
  3. waz

    waz MODERATOR

    Messages:
    10,884
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2006
    Ratings:
    +51 / 22,306 / -0
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Nawaz simply loves the Gulf sheikhs, so the chances of a ban are very slim.

    These birds are a national treasure.
     
  4. Khan_patriot

    Khan_patriot SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    2,498
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Ratings:
    +5 / 2,410 / -1
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    I dont think being American gives you any right to mock my country however messed up it may be.....:mad:
     
  5. denel

    denel PROFESSIONAL

    Messages:
    2,541
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2013
    Ratings:
    +2 / 2,770 / -10
    Country:
    South Africa
    Location:
    South Africa
    simple let someone else castrate these bastards for killing these endangered birds.
    simple arab trash given royal titles by the brits.
     
  6. A1Kaid

    A1Kaid PDF THINK TANK: ANALYST

    Messages:
    9,418
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    Ratings:
    +8 / 8,162 / -0
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    United States
    Public should put government on notice.
     
  7. Desert Fox

    Desert Fox ELITE MEMBER

    Messages:
    9,853
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Ratings:
    +33 / 14,979 / -7
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    This corrupt to the core puppet gov.t must be overthrown and all political leaders tried in courts for high treason.

    They have allowed these Arabs to come into our land and kill our endangered birds. These people must not be allowed to get away with this treasonous act.
     
  8. Solomon2

    Solomon2 ELITE MEMBER

    Messages:
    18,705
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Ratings:
    +12 / 9,483 / -30
    Country:
    United States
    Location:
    United States
    Because it's illegal! Related article: link
     
  9. rockstar08

    rockstar08 BANNED

    Messages:
    11,118
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2013
    Ratings:
    +16 / 10,962 / -32
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    Wallah habibi ya emarati ... makroon