This is not a new problem -- in February, Tasneem Aslam, from Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs, told the Guardian:
Arab dignitaries have been coming for hunting for decades and decades – it's a longstanding tradition. Ten years ago there wasn't so much public awareness about the issue but now we see more voices raising their concern.
As The Dodo reported in February, a ban on hunting the species was announced following outrage from animal advocates, who say the hunt is not only inhumane but also unsustainable and favors foreign dignitaries.
"Is there any more ridiculous reason to kill an animal?" said Naeem Sadiq, a Karachi-based activist, at the time. "If it's illegal for Pakistanis to kill these birds why should the Arab sheikhs be allowed to do it?"
According to the IUCN, there are 110,000 houbara bustards left, but they are and declining at a rate of 20 percent to 29 percent each year because of poaching and illegal hunting.