Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mass Murder of Houbara Bustard

Thousands of Houbara birds from cold countries come to the desert areas in Pakistan during the winter season. However these birds do not know that they will be killed by the royals of Arab countries. These royals camp here and hunt these birds. These royals hunt these birds with the help of dozens of specially-trained falcons.

Unfortunately, this mindless violence is arranged by the government of Pakistan. This year too the Pakistan government has issued 12 permits for around 815 trained hunting falcons. They include two permits for 135 falcons for the royal family of Saudi Arabia, five permits for 200 falcons for Bahrain's royal family, two permits for 250 falcons for UAE and three permits for 230 falcons for royal families of Qatar. The Pakistan Government has given most of the hunting permits to the royalty and allotted them different desert areas for it. Each permit allows 100 birds to be hunted. The royals pay the Pakistan government millions of dollars to let them hunt the bird as its meat is delicious and is considered an aphrodisiac.

This state sponsored mass murder of these innocent birds is outrageous. It is quite unfortunate that thousands of birds are killed every year just for the sake of taste and adventure. The killing of birds must stop immediately. If the government of Pakistan needs to earn money, it should use its national resources and not kill innocent birds. What a shame!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Poachers on a Free Run

An adult male elephant was shot dead and its flesh cut away in a reserve forest in the Assam state of India recently. Poachers also beheaded the elephant and took away its trunk, tusks and limbs before escaping from the forest. It is said that three people sneaked into the forest and shot dead the elephant and cut it into pieces. In another incident, poachers killed a female rhino in another national park in India.
These unfortunate incidents have happened because of the failure of the forest department officials. Most of these officials are corrupt and let poachers into the forest to go on a hunting spree of innocent and harmless animals. They are hand in glove with the poachers and are on their payroll. The government must take stringent action against these corrupt officials and must ensure the safety and well-being of our animal friends.

For years, innocent animals are being killed and their body parts being smuggled out of the country in order to make money. This has become a thriving business for poachers who have a very strong network of people working for them including government officials. Apparently, everybody wants to be a part of the gravy train. However, this mindless violence against animals must be stopped imediately. The government must take steps to curb this menace and should make stict laws to end the brutal murder of animals. The civil society too has to play an important role by raising their voice and force the lawmakers to make such laws. We all must remember that if the animals of the planet will vanish, we will vanish too.