Seventy endangered falcons die in customs custody

Several endangered falcons seized by customs officials last year have reportedly died in custody. According to sources with the Customs Department, the falcons died four months ago, and their bodies have been kept in a refrigerator as judicial property. Officials from Karachi’s DHA and Gizri claimed to have foiled a smuggling attempt last year after securing 75 falcons and a Houbara bustard.

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Customs had referred the case to the wildlife department, which ordered the birds to be kept in their custody. In addition, 70 have died, while five are in critical condition.

Source: Express Tribune