ISLAMABAD - Environmental experts on Friday have expressed concern over growing trend of illegal shooting of migratory Siberian cranes and Bustards in winter with non-prohibited arms.
“If the practice continues, extinction will be the ultimate fate for the endangered migratory birds which would also badly affect echo system, Kashif Majeed Salik, a senior official of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) told APP. He said that Bustards and the Siberian Cranes, being hunted indiscriminately fly into Pakistan from Siberia in winter, were also listed endangered species in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES) with some 14,000 other birds, animals and plants.
Forest, Ministry of Climate Change IG Syed Mehmood Nasir said that the increasing trend for pleasure hunting, particularly birds, was disappointing which can result in elimination of rare species of the birds. SDPI environmental expert Dr Fahad Saeed said that these migratory birds leave extremely cold climate in Siberia and stop at various scattered waters and lakes across Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Northern Areas for food. Another official from ministry of climate change expresessed concern over issuance of hunting licences to certain quarters to hunt endangered migratory birds, such as Bustards, despite the stringent restrictions.