Isa Town local market – birds section – panorama (6936 x 1484), originally uploaded by malyousif.
A panorama of the birds section of the Isa Town popular local market. I’ve taken a series of pictures, some of which I know that most of you would find objectionable as they show how crowded the cages are and what is actually allowed to be sold in this market.
It doesn’t seem that any government agency is regulating it; hence, you find people selling anything from snakes (poisonous and others), scorpions, all manner of birds from parakeet chicks crowded in filthy cages, pigeons, and even falcons tied and thrown in with the pigeons!
A walk through the other sections of this market would also show you stuff being sold, old and new, and I wouldn’t be surprised to know that some of the wares being displayed are “hot” stuff.
How the situation is allowed to go to this level without any regulation, at least for the health and well being of the animals we saw there is inexcusable.
Having said that, there are a few of the stalls which are better managed, the cages are clean and the birds and other animals seem to be better taken care of.
Even with that, there doesn’t seem to be any restriction on what could be imported and sold and no regard whatsoever to the environment in as much as importing animals which are simply unsuited for Bahrain.