(P)oops, what a mess!

Fouzia Ahmed in DAWN:

We love our pets, but they sure can make a mess! Dogs track mud and dirt into the house, topple their food and water bowls; while cats fuss around their food, drop and drag around the bowl and then there are ‘accidents’ — and you need to clean those right away with the right kind of clean-up product.

 

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Saturday cats and rocket

PAWS Open HousePAWS held its second open house on 21-12-13 in Karachi. The event featured cats up for adoption, and an introduction to matka kitchen gardening for those interested in organic farming. A variety of people from all walks of life came to see both, and enjoyed savories and fruit tea while kittens and cats played around them. Those who were unable to adopt extended their generosity to the donation box, or invested in the eco-friendly bags and a selection of conservation-themed merchandise on display. The events, and PAWS’s efforts, were lauded by all those who walked through the gate of the current home of the registered animal rights organization. As they plan the future of the volunteer driven initiative – goals include extending its compassionate values and sustainable living advocacy further, and defining its organizational structure – PAWS can take heart from the material and moral support they received from the open house. As writer Nusrat Nasrullah wrote on the board attendees recorded their impressions on, “ I am inspired by what I saw and heard – may this cause flourish.”

Adopt a pet: It was literally raining cats for PAWS

Ayesha Mir in EXPRESS TRIBUNE:

PAWS KARACHI: A few years ago, it was literally raining cats for Maheen Zia, the co-founder of the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (Paws). Zia, a documentary filmmaker by profession, was in a market when she heard a cat crying. She glanced up, and to her amazement, she saw a kitten hanging. She opened her arms and the tiny feline fell straight into her life. That is how Zia met Coco and decided to start an initiative to save stray cats, along with Mahera Omar. The two women had grown up seeing stray dogs being shot so they decided to change this trend.

On Thursday, Paws held a day-long pet adoption day, for which they advertised on Twitter, Facebook and their website. Even though the turnout was low, Zia hoped people will get in touch with them to rescue the stray cats. Continue reading

It’s turtle nesting season in Karachi

There’s an article by Faiza Ilyas in DAWN today about sea turtle hatchlings being available at animal markets in Karachi.

KARACHI, Nov 11: Illegal trade in marine turtles seems to be booming in the city as a group of volunteers, who claimed to have bought 200 green turtles from a market, released some of them at the Russian beach on Monday. Most of the turtles (20 in number) showed little movement when they were released into the water near Port Qasim.

Please have a look and be sure to leave a comment on their website today thanking DAWN for their continued coverage of animal welfare issues. Do this today as they tend to close off comments oh too soon. You can also send in a letter to the editor at letters@dawn.com about the importance of protecting our wildlife. Thanks!

Sharp decline in catch threatens lobsters export

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:

KARACHI, Nov 9: Lobsters might vanish completely from the list of the country’s exports within a few years as their catch has declined sharply, experts and individuals associated with the seafood industry told Dawn on Saturday.

The government exchequer, they said, was suffering losses because lobsters, like fish and shrimps, were caught indiscriminately throughout the year in violation of the law.

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Captive whales and dolphins in Karachi

Karachi: The Friday, November 8 DAWN has an article by Faiza Ilyas about the arrival of Stephen, a Beluga whale from Moscow, for the entertainment of Pakistanis. Marine mammal shows are scheduled to be held next month by a private firm despite reservations by nature conservation experts on the violation of animal rights.

Beluga whale“We strongly suggest to the government and the agencies concerned to reconsider the initiative and look into the matter in 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,” stated the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in a statement. Continue reading

Canine casualties: For city admin, citizens’ failings, stray dogs pay with lives

By Danish Hussain in The Express Tribune:

CDA shoots 106 stray dogs in two days; lawyer offers to set up animal shelter; vet asks public to put collars on pets. ISLAMABAD: In some parts of the world, dogs are considered man’s best friend. In Islamabad, the city managers consider them nothing more than moving targets.
Zeeshan Munir decided to write to the chairman of the capital’s civic agency against the brutal killing of stray dogs after a two-day shooting spree carried out by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The 28-year-old said he would offer to establish a sanctuary for stray dogs, provided the CDA could earmark a piece of land in the capital or its suburbs. “I can run the shelter at my cost,” Munir said.

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