Islamabad Wildlife Law Prohibits Private Ownership of Wild Animals but Fails to Address Welfare of Captive Animals

Pakistan’s Parliament passed the Islamabad Nature Conservation and Wildlife Management Act, 2023 to strengthen wildlife protections in the Islamabad Capital Territory, including prohibitions related to hunting, killing, injuring, and private party ownership and breeding of wild animals. One critique asserts that the Act “offers vaguely worded provisions that seem unlikely to change the status quo.” It also points out that the private ownership ban must be enforced to be effective and that the new law entirely ignores the welfare of captive wild animals in licensed facilities.