Poacher’s paradise: Illegal falcon hunts on the rise in Pakistan

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  • South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Poacher’s paradise: Illegal falcon hunts on the rise in Pakistan” – below is their description.

    Each winter, it is common for rich hunters from Gulf countries to travel to Pakistan’s vast deserts to partake in falconry. Arab sheikhs are known for being enthusiastic hunters, falconry is considered a treasured tradition and the birds are used in lavish hunts. However Pakistan is also a major hotspot for falcon poaching. Catching a falcon and selling it on the black market can fetch hefty sums of money for the seller, especially if they capture a rare specimen. Some of the animals sell for tens of thousands of dollars, a substantial amount in the developing South Asian nation.

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