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Massacre of migratory birds... By Hashim

22 December, 2013

Sindh has a rich biodiversity and it is home to numerous bird species. Unfortunately, indiscriminate hunting and the illegal killing of birds, particularly migratory birds, are widespread here. Illegal hunters are reported to have shot endangered birds. As a result, the current bird population is at risk of extinction. Every year, thousands of migrant and wetland bird species appear around various lakes and wetlands in the province. Some have flown in from as far away as Siberia, the Central Asian Republics and other countries to spend the winter months in Sindh province. These migratory guest birds are trapped, poached, netted and killed by callous hunters in connivance with the relevant department officials, among others.

Despite the presence of a number of regulatory frameworks, the challenge lies in the proper enforcement of these regulations. It is the need of the hour to promote new hunting regulations and sensitise our ruling elite, bureaucrats, technocrats and communities including politicians and policemen towards the importance of birds and the critical need to end hunting malpractices, including the massacre of migratory birds. The provincial government needs to make more effort to eradicate illegal hunters by taking measures such as confiscating gun licences and imposing heavy fines on illegal hunters and poachers. Above all, the influential lot of hunters should be reminded that migratory birds are protected under international laws and conventions.

HASHIM ABRO
Islamabad

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