Islamabad, Pakistan • The photo, published last week in Pakistani newspapers, was stunning. It was a magnificent mountain goat, with huge, symmetrically spiraling horns nestled on a cliff and surrounded by breathtaking snowy mountains, with a man kneeling and smiling behind him.
It took a few seconds to realize that the animal, the wild nature Unfortunately, Marhour was dead. The description describes man as an American hunter who has paid a record $ 1
"It was an easy and close shot, the hunting trophy," said the Lord, identified as Brian Kinsell Harlan. His native state or city has not been identified, but his Pakistani leaders have said he is from Texas.
The story immediately attracts the expression of sadness and outrage over social media. Some Pakistani commentators asked why there is no legal hunting ban (Capra falconeri), which is the official national animal. Others suggested taking foreign tourists to shoot exotic goats rather than shoot them.
But there is another, more favorable, rationale that allows Harlan, along with two other Americans, to pay huge sums to kill three long-horned brands. in northern Pakistan last month. According to Pakistani officials and conservation groups, the practice has indeed helped preserve rare and endangered species from potential extinction.
For decades, the population of Himalayan-based brands in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan has been declining as a result of local poaching for meat, deforestation and harvesting, military activities, livestock competition and uncontrolled local trophy hunting for the wonderful their horns. By 2011, there are only about 2,500 brands left.
A few years ago, regional authorities and environmentalists began to take action to save them. India has designated five sanctuaries for marking in the mountain border state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan has banned local hunting but has begun allowing a small number of foreign hunters to shoot 12 male goats for a season in "protected areas" in Gilgit and elsewhere.
Most of the funds have to be distributed to the poor, isolated inhabitants. in mountain horseradish habitats, which receive 80% of the fee, and incomes like hunters and hunters – all additional incentives are not intercepted by brands. Government agencies for wild fauna and flora receive 20%.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in an effort to promote the American hunting trophy as a conservation method, also reclassifies the animal as "endangered" rather than threatened, allowing hunters to subsequently bring trophies such as horns, which can grow as long as five feet.
As a result, the Marrakech population has recovered sufficiently until 2015 that the International Union for Conservation of Nature has perfected the species from endangered to "almost threatened". "According to the Green Global Travel Nature Conservation website, the return of the brand is" one of the biggest but little known conservation success stories in the world. "
Pakistan has mixed results for the protection of rare and endangered animals. royal parties from Qatar and Saudi Arabia to shoot internationally protected birds called "chlamydotis undulata", which Pakistan is forbidden to hunt.In 2014, Saudi Prince has shot more than 2000 droids, although was allowed to kill only 100 e
In Pakistan's public zoos, neglect and disease have periodically led to the death of exotic animals, and for the last four years the main zoo in Islamabad has lost several zebras, lions, ostrich and deer. four antelopes, called nilga, have died of cold or infections.In Pakistan there are many private zoos where rich people keep wild cats and other unguarded animals. It is reported that the Tasmanian tiger was forced to disappear in his native Australia through intense hunting that was rewarded with generous bonuses.
But in Pakistan, tactics seemed unusually successful. Tabarak Ulach, a professional Gilgit hunter who ran Harlan and other Americans, said the permit prices were used for local health and education as well as for species conservation.
"It's not just about hunting," said Utah in a telephone interview. "The number of animals is rising and these foreign hunters are millionaires who return and tell the world that Pakistan is safe." He noted that after the attacks of September 11, 2001, foreign visits to Pakistan had dropped sharply. "Now more and more tourists are coming."
Harlan, for one, seems to see himself as a participant in conservation efforts, and as an exotic avoidance.
In a clip recorded on his last visit to Gilgit, Harlan was shown to climb a cliff, shoot a male marker sitting next to a young goat, and then call his local guides. In another, carrying a local hat and robe, Harlan said he was "welcomed" with open arms "and encouraged other Americans to follow him, calling Pakistan a safe place for tourists. "This is a perfect example for hunters and peasants who gather for a common goal of protecting the games," he said.