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.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Government extends ban on hunting of migratory birds

With the coming of winter, local authorities have reiterated the ban on hunting migratory birds that are passing through the Kingdom in their thousands.

For the fifth year running, the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) has banned hunting migratory birds passing through the Kingdom on their way to Africa.

Sources from the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) told Arab News that although the Kingdom was free of any bird flu virus, it does not want to risk the reappearance of the disease which might arrive with migratory birds. The ban is a preventive action, considering the prevalence of the disease in other parts of the world.

The Kingdom plays host to several thousand migratory birds that pass through in early winter and then appear again as they make their way back north next spring.
“There are chances that some of these birds might bring the disease to places where they stop on their way and hunting them could make matters worse,” the sources said, pointing out that the ban could help to curb the spread of disease.

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