Target: President Mamnoon Hussain
Goal: Punish Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for slaughtering endangered birds
A Saudi prince has reportedly slaughtered about 2,000 endangered species of birds in Pakistan during a safari. These migratory birds are often killed because of an Arab tradition, but they could be on the brink of disappearing if this tradition continues. Sign this petition and demand the prince to be punished for this slaughter.
Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud killed a total of 1,977 houbara birds, which are globally protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species. An additional 123 bustards were killed by local representatives, bringing the death total to 2,100. These birds make their annual migration from Central Asia to the deserts of Pakistan, and unfortunately wealthy Arabs and elites poach these birds for their highly valuable meat and rumored aphrodisiac effects.
However after this year’s hunt, Pakistan’s high court put a temporary ban on the hunt. It is forbidden to hunt the birds in both Pakistan and India, but the governments have been known to issue permits granting hunters permission to kill. It allows 100 birds to be killed in allocated areas. However in the case of the prince, he violated the permit by hunting in protected regions and reserves. He also killed hundreds more than permitted. A loss of 2,000 birds is a gross and disturbing number.
Currently there isn’t talk of the prince receiving punishment for his actions. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs state that poaching the houbara birds is a long standing tradition, but if elites and Arab royals are allowed to slaughter these birds in excess, sooner or later, this species will disappear altogether. Sign this petition and demand the prince to receive his punishment.
Dear President Mamnoon Hussain,
I am writing to urge you to punish Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for slaughtering up to 2,000 houbara birds in Pakistan. These birds are protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species, and such a gross loss of wildlife shouldn’t be overlooked.
The prince violated not only the allowable limit that his hunting permit granted, but he also hunted in protected regions and reserves. I understand that this is a longstanding tradition for Arab elites, but if these birds continue to be slaughtered, the tradition along with these birds will disappear. Make the prince own up to his crime and punish him.
[Your Name Here]
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