Report in DAWN:
KARACHI, pharm Aug 29: The federal government has banned the import of tigers, lions and other big cat species. According to highly placed sources, earlier, the federal government, following regular incidents of smuggling of big cats by certain wildlife traffickers, which were exposed by the media while the official regulators either remained unaware or were hand in glove with the traffickers, had refused to entertain any requests for permission from these traffickers for the import of big cats till their cases were disposed of. The sources said that later, the federal government reviewed its earlier decision and imposed a blanket ban on issuance of import permits of big cats till proper rules were formulated and guidelines were laid down for the import of big cats.
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