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.
The 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.
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.
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