Karachi: Bid to smuggle deer foiled
KARACHI: A team of the Wildlife Department recovered four deer from the Karachi Cantonment Railway Station, which were brought illegally from Bahawalpur by train. Game Warden Officer Mumtaz Soomro, while briefing newsmen here on Wednesday, said that the team conducted a raid based on a tip off and recovered the four animals. As per the Railways record, the deer were booked from Bahawalpur by a man named Ameer, Soomro said, adding that the investigations into the matter were underway. The deer would be handed over to the administration of Safari Park, he conclude.
News Desk adds: According to a report, the illegal trade in wildlife is estimated at over 10 billion dollars annually across Asia, second only to weapons and drug smuggling. Illegal wildlife trade is not only causing huge loss of revenue to Pakistan, but also disturbing the ecosystem in the country leading to climate change, various deadly diseases and socio-economic problems.
Examples of trade involving wildlife species include unsustainable harvesting and exporting of freshwater soft-shell turtles, shark fins, live corals, sea cucumbers and other marine invertebrates, and the skins of reptiles and small predators including otters.
In addition, large mammal trophies, skins and their parts and products are also being traded illegally. Pakistan’s ports are either being used as origins or as transits.