Saudi prince killed 2,100 endangered birds in Pakistan, say officials

Prince Fahd bin Sultan

QUETTA: A Saudi prince with a taste for the traditional sport of falconry illegally hunted 2,100 endangered birds while on holiday in Pakistan, officials said Wednesday.

Wildlife officials in Balochistan alleged to AFP that Prince Fahd bin Sultan and others in his party used specially trained falcons to kill the internationally protected houbara bustards while on a three-week trip in January.

For more than a thousand years Bedouin falconers hunted the houbara bustard as a vital source of meat, according to experts.

Jaffar Baloch, divisional forest officer in Chagai district of Balochistan, said he had passed the details to his “superiors”…