Gulf hunts fuel Pakistan falcon trafficking

Demand for hunting falcons, largely from the Gulf, has fuelled a lucrative trade in poaching in Pakistan Since learning to capture birds as a teen, Muhammad Rafiq has amassed a small fortune in Pakistan trapping and trafficking falcons—including some endangered species—for wealthy Gulf Arabs. A single falcon can fetch up to tens of thousands of […]

Pakistan foils attempt to smuggle endangered falcons

Customs officials seized 75 falcons and a houbara bustard at locations around Karachi Pakistani authorities said Saturday they had foiled an attempt to smuggle dozens of endangered falcons worth more than one million dollars out of the country. Wildlife traffickers catch falcons in Pakistan’s mountainous north, often to sell them for lucrative profits in the […]