A Royal Bustard: Saudi Prince Allowed To Kill 2,100 Endangered Birds In Pakistan

200px-Coat_of_arms_of_Saudi_Arabia.svg220px-Houbara035We have yet another story of a Saudi prince achieving a new level of debauchery or excess. Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud reportedly went on a little hunting trip in Pakistan but he did not want to hunt the same game as just anyone. He is a Saudi Prince and needed something that others could not have. So he obtained a permit from the Pakistani government to hunt an internationally protected bird — the houbara bustard. He was given the right to hunt for 2 days and kill up to 100 houbara bustards so he hunted for 21 days and killed some 2,100 of the protected birds. If you are wondering what type of person who relish such destruction, you might want to ask what type of government would issue a permit to such a person. The answer is two of our closest allies.

The massacre took place in Chagai, Balochistan and was arranged by Jaffar Baloch, divisional forest officer of the Balochistan forest and wildlife department, Chagai at Dalbandin. The Pakistani officials stood by as the Prince hunted from January 11, 2014 to January 31, 2014. While hunting of the birds is prohibited, the government gives permits to Saudi Royals because . . . well . . . they are Saudi Royals and if a couple thousand fewer of an endangered bird will entertain them — even briefly — it is manifestly worth it. The Prince killed a reported 1,977 birds while his party killed another 123 birds.

Saudis like to kill the birds because the meat considered an aphrodisiac.

Fahd bin Sultan is the governor of Tabuk Province since 1987 and a member of House of Saud.

Pakistani officials have been resisting demands to stop issuing permits to Arab royalty to kill the endangered birds. Local officials like the road and airport improvements ordered by the hunting parties to guarantee their smooth travel as well as the excessive spending on food and luxuries while they rough it in the wild.

Source: Daily Star

39 thoughts on “A Royal Bustard: Saudi Prince Allowed To Kill 2,100 Endangered Birds In Pakistan

  1. Wayne, I will take you at your word and agree you seem to have a good work ethic. What I based my original take on you was the thinking work was demeaning. I go back to my Uncle Charlie’s motto. When I taught history I did a few days on tracing immigration by boxing. You see, Wayne, the toughest way to make a living as an athlete is as a boxer. It is a vicious, brutal, sport and you have to be HUNGRY to make it. There aren’t any middle class and certainly no upper class boxers. They were back @ the turn of the century and still today, kids from nothing. Over the decades it was the Irish, Jews, Italians, black, and Latino. No Wasps. So, your derision for working lowly jobs says to me you don’t understand how ALL immigrants have to work from the bottom and climb upwards. The Mexicans I know understand that. And, like the Jews and Italians, the Mexicans have an entrepreneurial culture. They don’t only work their way up, they build their own businesses. They have followed the path Malcolm X told his brothers and sisters to take. They didn’t listen.

  2. What’s your guess as to the number of chefs in the United States?
    Until someone comes up with some documentation, I’m going to guess 100,000.

    But Anthony Bourdain settles our question if those who work in kitchens love their jobs and go on to become chefs? (And I’m not even sure that he said they loved their jobs. Our commenter said that he said that they worked very hard. I would guess that most don’t dispute that.)

    I note that Mr. Bourdain also said something about “paying a price”. That doesn’t sound like someone who loved their job. When you love your job your are more likely to say you’d pay them to work there. But you might be willing to “pay the price” if your next paycheck is needed to feed your kids or keep the heat on.

    And Wayne, thanks for supplying us with some of your background but until we know your blood pressure, history of surgeries, and your hirsuteness, you are pretty much a mystery.

  3. nick s:

    yep, there are no bad jobs. Any job is always a step up to another position.

    Start as a busboy or dishwasher, save some money, start selling hotdogs on the corner and then open a restaurant and then a hotel and then you are Bill Marriott.

  4. For chrissake, EVERY profession has a gauntlet. Intern MD’s work w/ no sleep. A hazard for patients, but that’s another topic. Associate attorneys grind out billable hours, working 80 hour weeks. Electricians, plumbers, do the shit grunt work until they earn their license.. Actors toil in obscurity, most NEVER make it, working “demeaning” jobs as they try to get a break. WTF do you people do for a living?? “Life’s hard, wear a f@ckin’ helmet.” Denis Leary

  5. Nick is right.

    His “WTF” has lifted the veil of ignorance from my eyes and I now see that there is no difference in the life of an intern or law associate, or plumber, or electrician and the person who is working in the kitchen for $8/hr. (when he is lucky and the owner is not cheating him.)

    Obviously, we here, are all walking zombies – but take heart – Nick will show us how very foolish we are.


  6. The MD and attorney have advanced education. The kitchen worker has maybe a high school education. So, Feynman, there is that. I thought any person would understand those VERY basic facts. I again ask WTF??

  7. You angrily said every novice faces a gauntlet and expressed amazement that we all didn’t realize those equal struggles. I felt the effort to give the concerns of your cited professions equal weight to a kitchen helper was ridiculous and offensive.

    In acknowledging the educational advantages, there remain NO comparisons to the kitchen worker and the intern.

    Just as there is NO comparison when you compare salaries.

    Just as there is NO comparison to the prospects of an associate attorney to a kitchen worker.

    I guess somebody else will have to figure out the WTF for you.

  8. Ohhhh noooo! Please, please, Mr. Spinelli. Don’t call me a scary name! How will I ever face the world again? I’m ruined. Simply ruined.

  9. The notion of “Royalty” is soooo stupid. Prince Dork this and Princess Dork that. A Pirate Territory like Saudi Arabia is trying to make its way up the ladder to some notion of being a nation state and they adopt the old French monarchy thing long after France did away with monarchy and oligarchy.

  10. “Saudis like to kill the birds because the meat considered an aphrodisiac”…

    I’d be happy to chip-in and send the good prince some Viagra and a bucket of KFC, the next time he feels like he’s shooting pool with a piece of rope.

  11. We know very soon in the interest of country Nawaz will allow Saudi masters to Kill Pakistanis too. We understand due to enlightens like you that its the need of the hour. Pakistani people also understand that Mian brothers have some other things to do in interest of Pakistan like to set up some more factories in Saudia for the poor people of Pakistan. They have to take more money from Saudia for the betterment of poor Mian family.

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