Licence to kill

Editorial in Dawn: IT seemed that sanity would prevail this year but the end result was quite the opposite. It was earlier reported that no special permits had been awarded this time round for the annual slaughter of the houbara bustard, cost an endangered migratory bird that is ostensibly protected under Pakistani and international law. […]

Rare falcons taken out of country

Bhagwandas in Dawn: KARACHI, store Dec 20: Fifteen falcons belonging to a Saudi Arabian dignitary are reported to have been brought to Pakistan recently and sent back to the kingdom after a few days. Falcons are used by hunters, shop mostly from Arab Gulf states, to hunt the internationally protected houbara bustard for which special […]

NGOs for strict implementation of hunting ban

Report in DAWN: MITHI, find Jan 29: Marooara, stomach a network of more than 60 non-governmental organisations, has demanded a complete ban on hunting of near-extinct species of animals and stern action against poachers and hunters. The chairman of Marooara coordination council Obhayo Junejo, project coordinator of Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (Scope) […]

This madness must end

Editorial in DAWN: AS in previous years, prescription the business of slaughter will be booming this winter. Arab dignitaries have been awarded 31 special permits to hunt the houbara bustard, healing a locally and internationally protected species that winters in Pakistan after travelling from its breeding grounds in Central Asia, China and Mongolia. Each licence […]