ILLEGAL TRADE OF WILD SPECIES OF BIRDS
July 13, 2021
Pakistan’s wildlife along with many other problems is also an uprising cause of concern. This illegal sale of wild birds has alarmed Pakistan’s PM to take certain actions against these sellers and the whole mafias allegedly the root cause of the problem.
The Punjab wildlife department has expropriated 1300-1500 birds from the street hawkers and released them to their freedom. These birds mostly included mynas, sparrows, and baya wanders.
District wildlife officer Rizwana Aziz said that the illegal equipment of these birds had spread on such a vast scale in Islamabad and Rawalpindi that the issue had to be brought to the attention of the PM himself.
The crackdown on illegal bird sellers started two weeks ago and it has been on the top of the list of the wildlife department
According to Ms. Aziz, there is a stronghold of the mafia in this illegal trade of wild species as they trap birds in nets in numerous cities like Sargodha, Bahawalpur, and Khushab and sent off into markets in Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad.
The sale of these birds is a result of the superstitious norms that Pakistanis advocate,
“Buying birds and releasing them prevents any bad or ominous thing from happening”
Ms. Aziz also added that these trades though don’t threaten the population of the species but they do disrupt the harmonious ecosystem by affecting their breeding timings and Young’s.
Frequently courts let bird dealers go and the division slaps a punishment of up to Rs10, 000, which they are not in a situation to pay. Nonetheless, their controllers act the hero, pay the fines and these individuals are back in the city, exchanging birds and creatures wrongfully.
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