10-Year-Old Activist takes his case to Court: Ban Bird Poaching
Recently, Ahmed Hassan, a 10-year-old wildlife activist, reached out to the Islamabad High Court (IHC), calling for a ban against poaching falcons and other birds in the country.
During the court session, Chief Justice Athar Minallah highlighted Pakistan’s import and export policies and said:
Hunting is not good for the survival of birds.
Following Ahmed’s latest appeal, the Islamabad High Court is considering imposing a ban on bird poaching. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested some time for submitting a reply in this regard.
This is not the first time the 10-year-old activist raised his voice for the welfare of wildlife. Previously, Ahmed actively participated in a petition to stop the transfer of falcons overseas. At the time, the court recognized the 10-year-old as one of the foremost respondents in the petition. A government official present in this court session stated:
Some falcons are recently being transferred to Gulf countries.
Further discussion in the court explained:
Rare and pure-bred birds such as falcons are quite common amongst wealthy communities in the Gulf, who use them to kill houbara bustards on their yearly trips to Balochistan during winters.
It should be noted that more than 200 rare falcons were exported to Qatar on special permission during the first six months of 2020. Wildlife traffickers caught falcons in the northern areas of Pakistan and sold the birds to the Gulf at cheaper rates.
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