Qatar’s Emir allowed to export 200 rare falcons from Pakistan to his country
Due to their decreasing population, a ban was placed on trading and trapping of the falcon species.
The ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has been given permission to export 200 rare falcons from Pakistan to his country during the 2019-20 hunting season by the federal government.
In winter, falcons of rare species, the Peregrine and Saker, are used for hunting the houbara bustard, which is on the verge of extinction. Arab hunters keep a big amount of falcons to pursue their passion for hunting the houbara bustard.
Since falcons age with time, hunters need to replace their aged falcons with younger ones that can efficiently hunt houbara bustard. For this purpose, an export permit was requested by Qatar, which has been provided by the Pakistani government.
During the winter, falcons of the colder Asian region, including the houbara bustard, follow migratory birds southwards. Due to their decreasing population, a ban was placed on trading and trapping of the falcon species.
By allowing falcon exports, the government is promoting the underground black wildlife market as falcons cannot be trapped, purchased and sold legally here. For export, the falcons will have to be purchased from traders dealing in wildlife illegally.
The sources state that the export permit, issued by the foreign ministry’s deputy chief of protocol Muhammad Adeel Pervaiz, says that the embassy might export a total of 200 falcons to Qatar for the Sheikh’s personal use.
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