A young special needs dog who has lost movement in both his hind legs, is looking for work as a Chowkidar’s Assistant. Even with this handicap he is great at announcing the arrival of a new person. All he needs is a home to call his own, some soft bedding, and a patch of grass/soil to keep watch from. Email Pakistan Animal Welfare Society at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Karachi, March 27, 2013: A meeting was called by The Brooke at the
Beach Luxury hotel today to address equine welfare concerns in
Pakistan. The objective of the meeting was to form working groups on
advocacy and legislation that would contribute towards a better
environment for horses, donkeys and mules. The participants included
relevant stakeholders from private organisations as well as government
officials. Continue reading
Editorial in DAWN:
In an encouraging sign for advocates of animal welfare, the World Wide Fund for Nature, along with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department, has initiated a programme to track leopards in Ayubia National Park with radio collars. As reported in this paper, the collars will aid conservationists in monitoring the routes and activities of the animal found in the northern regions of the country.
In a position paper launched on Wednesday, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) states, “We strongly recommend to the government and concerned agencies to re-consider the initiative and look into the matter in more detail. There are sufficient opportunities for public to see wild dolphins off the shore of Pakistan, especially Karachi. They can be observed without too much effort or expense and the experience is much more rewarding.”
According to the Born Free Foundation, “Wild animals do not belong in zoos. They belong in the wild.” The barren concrete enclosures of the Karachi zoo are a prime example of the suffering captive animals endure in captivity. Faiza Ilyas’ report in today’s DAWN newspaper quotes zoologist Abida Raees, an official of the zoo, justifying the small cemented cage of the zoo’s lone leopard:
The cage chosen for the leopard was big enough. While the leopard was in its old enclosure, it was always found in its concrete-floored retiring room. So, it didn’t matter if its cage had no other facilities in the old cage.
Guest post by Zahrah Faisal:
I was excited as well as apprehensive to greet the two kites which were delivered to me this Thursday evening. Packed up in the crammed delivery cage, they appeared to be much smaller in size than I had imagined them to be. Obviously their tails had either not developed or were cropped to accomodate the convenience of handling them and caging them. Continue reading