Wildlife deptt to take action against cage birds business.
PESHAWAR -- The Wildlife Department of Khyber Pakhtunkwa is mulling plan to regulate cage birds business in the province and take action against those found involved in keeping the captive birds in miserable condition.
Soon we are taking action against cage bird business and all those found involved in violating Wildlife Act will face action, said Istiaq Urmar, Provincial Minister for Environment.
Talking with reporter at a function at auditorium hall of Wildlife department, Ishtiaq Urmer said anything which is against the law will not be allowed to continue and the department concerned will must take due course of action to ensure proper implementation of law.
He said under Wildlife Act, captivity of protected wild species for business purpose is prohibited and a survey will be conducted to check in main markets of city as any dealer is involved in violation of the law.
It merits a mention here that protected birds like partridge, peacock, crane and all type of pheasants are not allowed for business purpose.
Whereas , exotic species like colorful parrots, sparrows and some local birds like mynah, quail, pigeon is allowed.
The policy in regard with cage bird business will be replicated in other districts of the province one by one, he added.
The business of cage bird is flourishing due to high price of birds by and with the passage of time a significant increase has been witnessed in prices of small birds.
A visit to a cage bird market in Kohati area revealed that price of an Australian parrot has been increased from Rs. 500 a pair to Rs. 1800. Similarly, dealers are exorbitant rates for sale of colourful birds including hen, pigeon, cranes etc.
In 2011, Wildlife department had sent notices to the dealers of cage bird business and were directed to restrict their business to only exotic specie and to few local birds, but avoid sale of protected species.