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Arab Bird Hunt in Pakistan Opens Political Rifts

Arab royal families have begun their annual hunt of the large Houbara Bustard bird in southwestern Pakistan. For years, authorities have granted hunting permits to wealthy sportsmen, who use trained falcons to kill the migratory bird. But as the Houbara’s population has dwindled, the hunting permits have not, which this year has sparked a legal and political backlash. Thousands of Houbara Bustards enter southern and southwestern Pakistani provinces in winter to flee icy temperatures...

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