Hunting not permitted in national parks

Wildlife DG says hunters should comply with ethics of hunting

Our Correspondent April 28, 2018

LAHORE: Punjab Wildlife and Parks Director General Khalid Ayaz Khan has said that in order to ensure nurturing of forestry life in a natural environment, sanctuaries and national parks all over the province have been given the rank of safe asylum and there is no permission at all for hunting in these places.

He said that it was the responsibility of the hunters to be aware of the limits of forbidden areas and game reserve.

He added, “If hunters want to hunt in an area, then they should first obtain information about the laws and regulations applicable there.” He said that they should contact a local office of the department in the area so that they do not have to face any difficulties.

He said this while addressing a ceremony in Lahore. Deputy Director Wildlife Headquarters Muhammad Naeem Bhatti, Deputy Director Wildlife Amir Masood, Deputy Director Training Gat Wala Mazhar Imtiaz and other officers were present.

The wildlife DG said that the department not only appreciate the hunters who hunt within the restrictions of law but was also following the policy of providing them with more chances of hunting.

Khalid Ayaz Khan said that the hunters should assure compliance to hunting ethics under every condition so that the valuable wildlife could be preserved for the upcoming generation.

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He said, “Every animal and bird has an important role in keeping the natural system balanced. And for it, the hunters will have to assist the department.”

Ayaz pointed out that all the workshop visitors had been registered and soon pamphlet and brochure carrying hunting rules, responsibilities of the hunters and hunting preventive measures will be sent.

Earlier, former wildlife deputy director Ghazanfar Ali Langa shed light on various aspects of wildlife.

On the occasion, Lahore Zoo Director Hassan Ali Sukhera highlighted the ethics of hunting, bag limit, types of licenses and their adoption and safe habitats for animals and birds. Later, the hunters present at the workshop apprised the officials about the difficulties encountered during hunting and also gave suggestions.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2018.


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