Karachi: Man caught trying to smuggle falcons
The falcons, roughly valued around Rs1 million each, were confiscated and a fine of Rs100,000 was imposed on the alleged wildlife trafficker.
The Sindh wildlife department’s game inspector, Rasheed Ahmad, told Dawn on Friday that the wildlife trafficker, Azim, son of Abdullah, was carrying the peregrine falcons, a species protected under the wildlife protection laws, and intended to smuggle them out to Qatar but he was caught by customs and wildlife staffers.
He said that a case had been registered against Azim, a resident of A-113, Khokhrapar, Malir, and an FIR (No 30/245) dated Nov 18, 2010 was registered under Section 12 of the Sindh Wildlife Protection Ordinance, 1972, against him.
He said four dead and five live falcons had been brought to the SWD office. According to sources, four of the nine seized falcons had already died when customs and SWD staffers opened the confiscated cage.