Lahore: World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF – Pakistan) officials are calling for the public destruction of seized illegal leather jackets with fur trimmings, which were confiscated by Pakistan Custom officials earlier in September. This was reported on 26th September in national newspapers.
WWF officials have lauded the pro-active stance of the Ministry of Climate Change and Customs Authorities, particularly Dr. Amna Naeem, for fining the exporter involved in this illegal trade and for confiscating the consignment. According to Uzma Khan, Director Biodiversity at WWF, the fur trimmed leather jackets had fox and jackal fur on them and they went against Provincial Wildlife Laws and Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fauna and Flora Act 2012, which is a ratification of the Convention on the International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The call to destroy the seized jackets also follows these national and international rules.
WWF is stressing the need to take legal action against the culprits and for the Ministry of Climate Change to in line with TRAFFIC International and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and take a legal against as per Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fauna and Flora Act 2012.
In a letter written to the Federal Board of Revenue, WWF stressed the need for protecting officials within the Customs Department and Wildlife Departments who uphold and follow rules and guidelines to protect the biodiversity of Pakistan. WWF – Pakistan has not received any reply from FBR.
WWF – Pakistan Director General, Mr Ali Hassan Habib added that WWF – Pakistan is fully committed to nature conservation and that WWF is actively working with TRAFFIC International which monitors and controls the illegal trade of wild fauna and flora.
About WWF - Pakistan
World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan was formed in 1970 to address the growing environmental and conservation issues in Pakistan that not only affected the flora and fauna, but were also affecting the human population. WWF – Pakistan is a non-profit organisation, working to preserve, conserve and save our environment and natural resources. Today, WWF - Pakistan works through 31 offices with a team of approximately 340 dedicated staff members. We have our Head Office in Lahore, regional offices in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Quetta, and project offices wherever there is need and the potential to make a difference.
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