Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

Illegal hunting of Houbara Bustards in Balochistan, a serious threat to wildlife

As winter arrives, internationally protected Houbara Bustard fly towards Pakistan and its adjacent countries to escape sub-zero temperature in Siberia and other central Asian countries.  Simultaneously, Arab Sheiks belonging to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate (UAE) and Qatar throng to Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan province for hunting rare bird Houbara Bustard.

Being the largest province of Pakistan area-wise, Balochistan is the main terrain where several migratory birds, including that of Houbara Bustard stay for as many as four to five months.  According to estimates around 30,000 to 40,000 Houbara Bustard migrate towards Pakistan and its neighboring countries every year.

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