Rawalpindi: Man held with 53 Siberian falcons
RAWALPINDI: As reported by the Dawn News on Friday, the Punjab wildlife department here on Thursday recovered 53 Siberian falcons and arrested a man before he could send the birds to Qatar after catching them from Cholistan.
Special Judicial Magistrate Nazarat Ali Shah sent Mazhar Ali Shah to Adiala Jail after he failed to submit surety bonds worth Rs100,000 to be released on bail. The case will be taken up on October 28.
The wildlife officials said they had received information that the falcons were being booked at the Benazir International Airport for Doha where dignitaries of Qatar were to receive them.
The accused was booked under Section 12 (absence of certificate of lawful possession), Section 14 (restrictions on import and export of animals, trophies or meat, etc) and Section 28 (duty to produce permit on demand made by any officer or person authorised) of the Punjab Wildlife (Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Management) Act 1974.
The court allowed the wildlife department to take the Siberian falcons to Lahore Zoo after Assistant Director Wildlife Department Rawalpindi Mohammad Nadeem Qureshi submitted that proper care of the wild birds could only be possible in Lahore where trained staff and relevant facilities were available.