Siberian cranes facing extinction due to illegal hunting
According to Dawn.com, “the National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change was disturbed to learn that bustards and the Siberian cranes are being hunted indiscriminately. Both species of the migratory birds flying into Pakistan from Siberia during the winter months are listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cities) with 14,000 other endangered species in Pakistan including birds, other animals and plants.”
“It is illegal to hunt any animal species, particularly birds, in the country for pleasure and it’s disappointing that it still happens – that people still don’t see the benefits of wildlife,” the IG Forest, Ministry of Climate Change Saeed Mehmood Nasir said.
According to officials, the migratory birds escaped an extremely cold climate in Siberia and stopped over at various bodies of water scattered across Pakistan in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Northern Areas.
But, Siberian cranes are not the only species that the ministry was concerned about. Officials from the ministry also explained how members of royal families from the Middle East, particularly those in Saudi Arabia, are often given licences to hunt endangered migratory birds, such as Bustards, despite the stringent restrictions.