Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum allowed to ‘export’ 150 rare falcons from Pakistan

Trapping and trade in falcons are banned under the wildlife protection laws of the country.

  • Pakistan will ‘export’ 150 rare falcons to the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum.
  • Under international law, it is forbidden to ‘export’ falcons.

Dubai Royal Falconry HuntingThe federal government has granted a special permit to Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, to “export” 150 falcons of a rare species from Pakistan to the UAE.

The permission was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and delivered to the UAE’s embassy in the federal capital.

The rare species — the peregrine and Saker — are used by Arab hunters to trap houbara bustards. As hunters need to replace aging falcons with younger ones, the demand for these birds almost always remains constant.

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Falcons are protected under international nature conservation treaties — including the Switzerland-based Conven­tion on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) — and their trans-boundary travel is restricted. Pakistan is a signatory to the treaty.

Trapping and trade in falcons are banned under the wildlife protection laws of the country. There are no traditional shops and markets anywhere for the lawful sale and purchase of falcons.

The sources said that in the face of a ban on trapping and trade of falcons legally, a “falcon exporter” has to purchase illegally trapped falcons from illegal wildlife traders.

The federal government and the “exporter” will be guilty of patronizing this illegal wildlife trafficking.

What are your views on this? Share with us in the comments below.

  • This is simply shameful for us as a nation. They are kicking the butts of Pakistani workers in their country and we are licking their feet.

  • Because these ruler were corrupting pakistani ruler not to develop in pakistan I n oil and gas and tourist industry. It is stil not too ate to stand on our own feet and Pakistani leadership should promote and develop pakistan not other.

  • Ye Pakistani people pay visa restrictions laga rahey hn aur Pakistan in ko rare falcon export kr raha hai aur ye Israel ko accept kr raha hai. Shame ??????

  • I am very disppointex and angry.These rare falcons may become extinct in future.We must preserve wild life for future generations.Why are rules broken for Arab sheikhs?

  • For those who worry about falcons ,i am certain that these falcons will be greatly looked after .As imran khan said let us stand on our feet first .if we refuse to do so then poor illetrate pakistanis in middle east will pay the price .

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