Fars province’s Environment Organization said that an Afghan man was sentenced by the court of Oqlid County to 2 million tomans (around $600), 3 years in prison, and finally leaving the soil of Iran for treating a bird in inhuman ways.
The 43-year-old Afghan national had caught a kestrel and then sewn its wings and eyelids with the intent to tame it.
The sentence issued for the man is unprecedented in the judicial history of Iran.
He was arrested by environment protection officers and handed over to the police.
The bird which according to Oqlid’s environment protection officials was badly injured and ill was treated by veterinarians and after one week of rehabilitation, it was freed into nature in the Basiran area around Oqlid.
Kestrel is the name given to several members of the falcon genus, Falco. Kestrels are distinguished by their typical hunting behavior which is to hover at a height of around 10–20 meters over open country and swoop down on prey, usually small mammals, lizards or large insects.