Crazy Kuwaitis Use Shotguns to Kill 12 Flamingos

Egypt's 1st Ever Solar Decathlon Team May Fail Because of Fundraising ConcernsAn animal conservationist lines up 11 dead flamingos shot by crazy Kuwaiti yahoos for absolutely no reason at all.

We have seen some shocking images of animal abuse on Green Prophet, but this picture of 11 dead flamingos in Kuwait is definitely on our list of the most disturbing. Earlier this year Arwa published a story depicting dead sharks in the UAE killed for their fins, and only a few weeks ago, we learned about one million migrating songbirds that are killed for a pickled dish in Cyprus.

In both of those cases, the animals were at least killed for food, but last week one or more crazy Kuwaiti yahoos shot and killed 11 flamingos for absolutely no reason at all. These images come directly from the Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat (K’s PATH), who rushed to the Abdaliya Nature Preserve to rescue 2 flamingos that had been left to die, and to document the senseless carnage poachers left behind.

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According to K’s PATH, a worker at the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) called them to report that poachers had broken through fencing at the Abdaliya Nature Preserve and shot 13 flamingos in total. 11 died immediately, one was in fatal condition with a broken leg and birdshot, and another suffered from stress and myopathy.

Abdaliya Nature Preserve is a joint KOC and Public Authority for Agriculture and Fish Resources (PAAFR) project.

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K’s PATH employees rushed to the scene, photographed the dead birds, and transported the two injured birds to the Royal Animal Hospital, where Dr. Jill Mullen and staff examined them. The team consulted Dr. Robert Aguilar, an American veterinarian, who advised them to place the birds in an adapted raptor cage with standard mirrors that help the birds feel like they are still a part of a flock, thereby reducing stress.

The flamingo with the broken leg died, but the other bird is doing reasonable well, eating, and is undergoing a rehabilitation.

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K’s PATH relies on donations for funding since government support is paltry, despite press material that reveals His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah showing support for wildlife conservation projects in Kuwait. The Emir was reported to have released some rabbits and deer into the Sabah Al-Ahmad Nature Preserve.

According to K’s PATH, poaching in Kuwait has reached epic proportions, and it is not uncommon to see men shooting at animals from moving vehicles.

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4 thoughts on “Crazy Kuwaitis Use Shotguns to Kill 12 Flamingos”

  1. Its unfortunate that a crime against Gods creatures in Kuwait didnt have any Kuwaiti animal conservationist photographed caring for the birds.
    And BTW I wonder what the response will be when the men shooting at animals from moving vehicles decide that a two legged mammal should be next, if they havnt already.

  2. I am the managing director of K’S PATH (Kuwait Society For the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat). I’m sad to report that despite the best efforts of our team working extra hours to do everything in our power, the second flamingo died on the 22nd.

    We are working with Kuwait Oil Company,who owns and administers the nature preserve where this happened, to prevent poaching in the area. However, we cannot make all of the necessary changes that will curb the tide of habitat destruction and eradication of wildlife currently effecting Kuwait without additional support.

    I can be reached via [email protected]

  3. From my point of view is not right to take life of animal for our taste of tounge.

  4. Norm says:

    At least if they ate them, it might be understood. But just to kill them and let them lay there – that’s a low blow.

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