As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

'Bird hunting' ban affects relations with Arabs: Pak

ANI | Karachi October 18, 2015 Last Updated at 10:59 IST

The Pakistan Government has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to reconsider its judgment on the ban over hunting a bird named 'houbara bustard' by foreign dignitaries, as it is affecting the country's relation with the Arab states.

According to the Dawn, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the petition pleaded that the matter concerns the foreign relations as falconry has been a significant part of its relations with Middle Eastern countries.

The petition stated that permits to hunt the bird were given only after following a strict procedure, issued by the Foreign Ministry

On August 19, Pakistan's apex court had ordered both federal and provincial governments to deny the grant of licences and permits to hunt the endangered bird.

Falconry is not a sport but has been recognized as a cultural heritage of Arabs by the UNESCO, the petition added.

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