Known as ‘Kaptaan special chappals’, the snakeskin was donated by a person from the US for two pairs of sandals – one for him and one for Pakistan PM Imran Khan as Eid gift.
Peshawar: Footwear made from the hide of exotic animals is a fetish for many. The demand and price of such products is beyond something that a commoner can afford. However, it could lead to serious trouble if one uses the skin of endagered species of animals for commercial goods.
A shoe-maker in Pakistan got into serious trouble after wildlife officials raided his shop and confiscated snakeskin meant for a pair sandals for Prime Minister Imran Khan as a Eid gift. Nooruddin Shinwari violated Pakistan’s Wildlilfe Act and was fined Rs 50000 (Pakistani rupees). He was later returned the footwear after paying the fine.
The incident was reported from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan by Dawn after wildlife department officials raided his shop and seized two pairs of Peshawari sandals from Jehangir Pura Bazar area in Peshawar.
Known as ‘Kaptaan special chappals’, the snakeskin was donated by a person from the US for two pairs of sandals – one for him and one for Imran Khan as Eid gift.
A district forest officer had received a tip-off and went to the shop as an undercover customer. As soon as he saw the sandals, he confiscated them and sent it for lab tests. The sandals were returned to Shinwari after imposition of a hefty fine of Rs 50000 and signing an affidavit that he would never ever use the hide of an exotic animal in his footwear.
“I got back the sandals after paying a fine of Rs 50,000… I will now present it to Prime Minister Imran Khan as an Eid gift,” Shinwari said, according to Dawn.
Use of snakeskin for commercial purposes is illegal, according to Pakistan’s Wildlife Act, 2015, and it is against law to possess the hide of/or an exotic animal without a valid proof or licence.