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2011-12-07
Pakistani Custom officials seize 74 Birds of Prey in Karachi


Officials say the falcons were brought from Qatar by a member of its royal family without proper documentation.

Members of Gulf royal families routinely bring in such falcons for hunting birds and other animals in Pakistan, with government sanction.

Wildlife officials say that some of the birds they hunt are endangered. Among them is the ENDANGERED Houbara bustard - believed to be widely prized throughout the Middle East as a quarry for falconers because its meat is valued an aphrodisiac.


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