Lonely Planet Writer

Pakistan issues permits for Arab royals to hunt endangered bustards

The Houbara bustard.
The Houbara bustard. Image by shankar s. / CC BY 2.0

It looks set to be another life or death season for the endangered Houbara bustard following the granting of 29 hunting permits in Pakistan. The meat of the Houbara bustard is said to have aphrodisiac properties and every year, Pakistan issues special hunting permits for wealthy members of royal families from the Persian Gulf. In 2013, a Saudi prince killed 2100 of the birds in a single outing, creating international outcry from conservation groups.  Read more: dawn.com