Illegal hunting in Afghanistan puts wildlife at risk

Afghanistan is home to 150 species of animals and birds at risk of being wiped out, but ongoing conflicts in the country make it almost impossible to monitor them.

Illegal hunting in Afghanistan puts wildlife at risk

World Bulletin / News Desk

Animal rights campaigners have said that a number of species are under threat from illegal wildlife hunting in Afghanistan, despite regulations that ban hunting.

Afghanistan is home to 150 species of animals and birds at risk of being wiped out, but ongoing conflicts in the country make it almost impossible to monitor them.

Khalil Parsa, head of the Afghan Network of Civil Societies, has been organizing protests against Afghan politicians who are accused of bringing foreigners from the Middle-East to partake in illegal hunts as a lobbying tool.

"Our demo is against a number of [foreign nationals] who have come to the west of Afghanistan where they have violated Afghan law by hunting wild animals," he told BBC Persian radio during a protest.

Even before the war which started in 2001, Afghanistan was a hotspot for traditional hunters from the Middle-East, who hunt using specially trained falcons.

After the hunting season, the falcons are often released into the wild, which affects the population of other birds. 

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