Can Pakistan be a big market for tiger, leopard breed?
Animal Husbandry Lahore-based businessman Salman Khan is fond of animals. On their farm located on Raiwind Road in Lahore, where other animals are present, the lions kept here are the main focus of the people.
Salman Khan has two pairs of ordinary and white lions. They named the white lion couple as Prince and Prince, while the typical lion couple named the king and queen.
According to Salman Khan, they love and love these animals. ‘I love them. I take care of all their needs, and it turns out that they love me now.
Salman Khan is a lioness for his hobby, but Syed Tauqir Shah of Lahore has been associated with the wildlife business for over 50 years.
He owns a vast wildlife farm in Lahore, which contains a large number of lions, tiger lions, puma, and other wildlife and is also bred here.
Pakistan had become a significant market for wildlife, especially cat breeds such as leopards, lions, leopards, and puma.
According to the International Organization of Conservation on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Siyats), 85 tigers, leopards, tigers, tigers, etc. were imported to Pakistan from 2013 to 2018, besides fifteen animal trophy hunting. Have come to Pakistan in the case of According to Tauqir Shah, these animals are kept in different parks, safari parks, zoos as well as pets.
The wildlife department of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has no record based on how many such animals are kept as pets in Pakistan, but Tauqir Shah believes that number will be in the hundreds.
They say that they have sold about 100 such animals in which the younger couple sells for 16 lakh while the larger one sells for 3 million and the young couple up to Rs 5 lakh. According to Tauqir Shah, breeding such animals is an expensive hobby as a young animal consumes an average of thousands of rupees daily, and a young person consumes five thousand rupees daily.
According to a veterinarian working in a thriving area of ??Karachi, for the past six to seven years, he inspects and treats domesticated animals two days a week. According to them, they must examine at least four ‘Big Cat’ in the two.
According to a veterinarian based in Islamabad, they inspect a “big cat” once a week, while a doctor in Lahore says they only check the ‘Big Cat’ at least once a day. They have to go to investigate at least one such animal.
There are currently more than 240 registered and licensed wildlife licensed farms throughout Pakistan.
According to the Wildlife Department of Punjab province, Punjab has the highest number of such farms in Pakistan, with a total number of 200. The number of such farms is 35 in Sindh, whereas eight such farms are registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to the Wildlife Rules in Punjab and Sindh, breeding farms are allowed to fulfill the objectives of the underground game farm, Safari Park, where the owners of these breeding farms can also do wildlife breeding, buying, selling, hunting and exchanging, etc.
The wildlife business is banned internationally but allows import and export of ‘saints’ in consultation with local governments to protect the species’ wildlife species and breed them in different countries.
Hussein Kamal is associated with this business in Karachi. They state that wildlife, including lions and leopards, need to first get permission from the Federal Ministry of the Environment.
According to him, experts determine whether the person seeking permission has the required facilities or not, after which the matter goes to the Federal Ministry of Interior.
The Ministry of Interior prepares its recommendations in light of the recommendations of the Ministry of the Environment. It gives it to local officers of the ‘seats’ who decide whether or not to allow the import of animals in light of those recommendations.
According to Hussein Kamil, other wildlife besides big cats are also being imported, and their importers include zoos, safari parks, national parks, breeding farms, and various establishments besides the familiar people. According to Syed Tauqir Shah, a few years ago, they imported ‘big cats’ and made their bread.
Now we do not need to import them, but we are in a position that if the government allows us to export them, we can bring valuable foreign currency to Pakistan.
‘Even if exported to a big cat, its cost is not less than one crore. In the current scenario, when the dollar price has risen, that price will be more than one crore.
Wildlife Punjab’s Reserve Game Warden Badar Munir says breeding farms are creating substantial employment opportunities, and if the government allows export, it will benefit the country’s economy.
Manager of Ayub National Park in Rawalpindi Commenting On Parks
Dr. Bashir Siddiqui, manager of the Ayub National Park in Rawalpindi, said the park has a total of 12 large cats, some of which were imported a few years ago. “Over the past three years, we have acquired six children from the brooding, two of whom have been exchanged, and four have been sold.
He said that newborn babies in Ayub National Park are left with their mother for at least fifteen months, as is the case in natural environments.
Rules for keeping ‘big cats’ as pets. According to sources in Punjab and Sindh Wildlife, the laws are silent on what rules and regulations can be saved as a pet, but the Wildlife Department of the two provinces has set some standards for this.
Punjab Reserve Game Warden Badar Munir said that anyone who buys a big cat or wildlife from a licensed breeding farm, institution, safari park, etc., should get the receipt from the breeding as mentioned earlier farm because Certificate that the animal was legally acquired.
Different Parks of Pakistan
He said that there are rules for parks, safari parks, zoos, and the conditions under which they will keep them. Similarly, if one buys such animals for rearing, there are rules for how they are saved. ‘Wildlife personnel often raid, and if anyone violates these rules, if the animals are not kept in good condition, the department seizes them and sends them to zoos or safari parks.
Talking about the breed of Big Cat, where it is legal to breed some animals, some animals are not allowed to be raised or sold in Pakistan.
We also saw three butterflies in Touqir Shah’s breeding farm, which he claimed had done his brewing, which he was allowed.
However, Dr. Anis-ur-Rehman, chairman of Islamabad Wildlife Management Board, said, “The leopard is not allowed to be kept on any breeding farm, farm, etc. nor can it be kept as a pet.”
According to him, the rules are apparent in this regard. If it is caught, anywhere, except in the forest, the natural system, then it will be illegal.” It should be noted that the leopard is a native and protected animal in Pakistan. In addition to the Punjab Wildlife Act, the rest of the provinces have also been included in Schedule III, which prohibits their hunting, breeding, and buying and selling.
Arguments in favor and opposition to the breeding form
According to Mehra Omar of the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (POWs), in the past few years, the fondness of rearing wildlife, especially tigers and leopards, has grown very rapidly and has become a status symbol.
Mehra Omar said, “The place of wildlife in the jungle. The forest is locked up in a cage, and its whole life is tortured.
What can any more prominent shamefulness detain any living animal for reasons unknown to us?
Mehra Omar also said, “Protection of wildlife is essential to governments. This wildlife also has a significant role in human life. Protecting the natural environment, forests, and habitat should be protected. This is the need of time”.
However, Bader Munir said breeding farms are not only in Pakistan but all over the world, and they are saving rare and endangered wildlife species.
‘Very rare cougar or puma was ordered a few years ago at the breeding farms in Lahore. Now they are breeding it themselves. This is our great success.