The bird market at Souk Waqif in Doha would not suit Western sensibilities. But the Arabs love it.
Like many similar markets dotted throughout the Middle East, the Doha bird market has any number of species from which to chose, from a large variety of countries. Whatever you want is for sale it seems, with the birds from South America & Africa attracting a premium. Small wonder that bird smuggling is big business in poor third world countries, where survival & putting food on the table comes above all else, and others can have the luxury of worrying about wildlife protection. Occasional stories appear in the media when traders are discovered to be dealing in illegal or endangered species, which doesn’t seem to cause even a ripple of disapproval amongst the public at large out here.
Other animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits or even pet fish of numerous varieties can also be purchased.
I didn’t like this part of Souq Waqif, I felt sorry for all the caged animals.
Thanks PFH. Am aware that some local activists are petitioning the Doha authorities about it. But enjoyable place to visit overall I think.
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Oh yes it is! Souq Waqif is my favorite place in Doha (so far). I think it’s extremely lovely and unique.