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18 cases registered against illegal sale of animals, Sindh PA informed

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Published: March 24, 2016 07:13 pm

Wildlife Sindh Assembly

ISLAMABAD: The Wildlife Department of Sindh registered 18 cases against illegal sale of animals in the province under the Sindh Wildlife Ordinance 1972 during financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16. The information was provided by Minister for Wildlife Gayan Chand Essarani in reply to a starred question of Heer Soho, the female lawmaker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), during second sitting of the ongoing 24th session of the Provincial Assembly.

The Minister said in most of the cases, the persons involved in the illegal sale of peacock and deer at Nagarparkar, a town in district Tharparkar, have been apprehended. He said 16 such cases have been registered during 2014-15, of these 12 have been decided while the decision in remaining four cases is still pending in the court of law. Similarly, two cases of illegal sale of wild species have been reported during the ongoing financial year, of which one case has been decided while the fate of other case is yet to be known. However, the compensation amount of more than 0.2 million rupees has been received from the lawbreakers, he added.

Meanwhile, the Wildlife Department in its written reply to another starred question asked by Kamran Akhtar of MQM stated that 42 ibexes (wild goats) died of Peste Des Petits Ruminant (PPR), a spreadable disease, also known as goat plague, at the Kirthar National Park in Jamshoro district. He said the department is ready to refer the case of infected ibexes to the Provincial or Central Veterinary Laboratory for detailed examination and precautionary measures, if needed.

Replying to a question of MQM’s Shiza Waheed regarding objection of the Wildlife Department to the construction of Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD), the minister said the department has decided not to approve the project as it had stopped fresh water supply to Haleji Lake, causing environmental loss to the habitat.

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