Illegal trade of endangered Saker and Peregrine falcons continues unabated across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, allegedly with the help of government officials.
For the past two decades, Peshawar is said to be the largest black market of falcons in the world. Affluent Arabs often visit the city to buy these birds.
“An Arab Sheikh from Saudi Arabia visited Peshawar and bought a Saker falcon for Rs40 million last month. It was a large female brought from Russia, hardly one-year-old,” said a local dealer wishing not to be named.”
Source : The Express Tribune with New York Times
Author : Riaz Ahmad
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