31 May

A Horse At Islamabad Villa

This article was first published in Horizon, Winter, 1965, volume vii, number 1. The views are the writer’s own. Writer Denis Shaw was rector of St. Wilfrid’s a downtown parish in Manchester, England. Before his ordination, in 1959, he spent ten years in India and Pakistan, where he studied Hinduism, taught English, ran a tea estate, and had charge of a paddle steamer on the Ganges. He has also been an actor, a stage manager, and a journalist. Read More

22 May

Stop the Freshwater Turtle Massacre Now!

!http://photos11.flickr.com/15040031_fcb86eb7e9_m.jpg! It has come to our notice that ‘freshwater turtles in the Punjab are being brutally massacred’:http://www.dawn.com/2005/05/21/nat31.htm for profit at a scale that puts their very existence at risk. Not only is their killing being carried out in an extremely brutal fashion, there is absolutely no check on the numbers that are being lost daily and how this must be impacting the biodiversity of the river systems. Read More

19 May

Pakistan halts bear-baiting event

Pakistan has halted a major bear-baiting event planned in its Punjab province after a tip-off from staff of a global animal rights group.
From ‘BBC News’:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4558165.stm

!http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41157000/jpg/_41157897_bears.jpg! The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) said 20 fights involving 30 bears and 100 dogs had been planned for a village festival.

The three-minute fights pit pairs of fighting dogs against a tethered and toothless bear.

The WSPA said Pakistan’s move was a “tremendous victory” over bear-baiting.

It said its representatives had been monitoring the situation in Pakistan and had tipped off local authorities who stepped in to curb the bear-baiting.

h4. Decree

The BBC’s Zaffar Abbas in Islamabad says the controversial practice is still carried out in some parts of the country.

He says the events are hosted by powerful landlords in rural areas and usually occur between November and April.

The WSPA says the authorities have now become more responsive to its appeals.

A WSPA statement said the large bear-baiting event was planned to take place during an annual village festival in Shah Jewiena in the Jhang district of Punjab province.

Wildlife officials stopped bears being brought into the festival or the surrounding area.

Victor Watkins of WSPA said: “This is a tremendous victory in the fight against illicit bear-baiting events.

“We congratulate the Pakistan government on its diligent action and look forward to supporting further work to ensure that bear-baiting is consigned to the history books once and for all.”

The WSPA set up an information stand at the festival and said up to 9,000 people visited to learn more about animal welfare and bear-baiting.

In 2001, President Pervez Musharraf issued a decree calling for the enforcement of the existing ban on bear baiting, reinforcing Pakistan’s Prevention of Cruelty Act.

Gen Musharraf also directed that confiscated bears be moved to a WSPA-built sanctuary in Kund Park in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province.

19 May

Avian Colours 2005

Come explore the wonderful world of birds at Avian Colours 2005, remedy from May 20-22 at the Safari Park, story Karachi.

Date: 20th to 22nd May, 2005
Venue: Safari Park, Karachi

Organised by the City District Government Karachi, Avian Colours 2005 claims to be the first bird show of its kind in Pakistan.

Many species of birds will be on display, including birds of prey and rare birds bred in captivity. Birds entered in the show will be eligible for prizes such as ‘best bird in show’, ‘best talking bird’, etc. A number of bird sellers will be setting up shop at the venue.

The opening ceremony will be at 5pm on Friday, May 20th.

Entries open. For more information contact

Dr. Fareed Hassan Qadri
DDO, Safari Park
021-9243357

Mr. Javed Aslam Khan
Member, Organising Committee
0333 2155320, 0300 2988511

17 May

Stray dogs in Pakistan need your help

Dear all,

The stray dogs of Pakistan need your help.

There are over a 100,000 stray dogs roaming the streets of Karachi, Pakistan. In an attempt to combat the spread of rabies, civic authorities have been killing these dogs by strychnine poisoning and shooting with guns. They have even involved the general public in this by offering cash as reward for every dog killed. The proof? The dog’s tail…

Not only are these methods cruel and excessive, they are also ineffective in reducing animal populations as well as prevention in the spread of rabies. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommended long term strategy of catch/neuter/vaccinate/release is the only effective and humane method for dealing with rabies and stray populations.

According to a news report in Dawn newspaper (May 11, 2005), the Karachi City Nazim (mayor), Niamatullah Khan, has decided to launch a major campaign against stray dogs, saying that “the campaign will continue until their total elimination.” In this regard, he has requested the EDO Health Dr. Khalid Hussain Shaikh to provide the “required number of capsules for killing stray dogs”. Remember, this money will be coming from your tax ruppees.

On a meeting with the City Nazim on May 9, 2005, a concerned group of citizens urged the Nazim to consider the WHO recommended strategy, but according to a May 11 report in Dawn newspaper http://dawn.com/2005/05/11/local2.htm, the suggestion seems to have been dismissed altogether by him.

There is another meeting scheduled with the Nazim on May 30, 2005 in this regard. We urge you to voice your opinion publicly in any capacity regarding the implementation of the WHO recommended humane strategy as the time to do that is now.

Please write a polite email/letter to the Karachi City Nazim to insist that killing dogs is an ineffective approach and has never worked in Pakistan or any other country of the world. Remind him that under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1890, there is a penalty for cruelty to animals, punishable with a fine and imprisonment. Please urge him to stop the mindless killing of dogs and consider implementing a strategy that has been scientifically proven to be effective in many cities of the world.

Let us put an end to the madness. Together we can make it happen.

Mahera Omar
PAWS
www.pawspakistan.org

Karachi City Nazim Niamatullah Khan
citynazim@karachicity.gov.pk
City Complex, Civic Center, Hasan Square,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulshan Town, Karachi
Off: 9232401,9232400
Fax: 9215117-9232406
Mob: 0300-8256154

Dr. Khalid Shaikh
Executive District Officer (Health)
City District Government Karachi
edohealth@karachicity.gov.pk
Ph: 021-9230246
Ph: 021-4644887
Mob: 0300-8993704
Fax: 021-4645161

General Pervez Musharraf
President of Pakistan
http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk/W … ssage.aspx

Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan
Governor Sindh
governor@governorsindh.gov.pk
92-21-9201201-3

Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim
CHIEF MINISTER OF SINDH
IIIrd Floor, New Sindh Secretariat,
Building No. 1, Karachi, Sindh.
Tel: 021-9211949-9211957

Send letters to the editors of leading newspapers in Pakistan

DAWN
letters@dawn.com

The Friday Times
tft@lhr.comsats.net.pk

Daily Times
letters@dailytimes.com.pk

Pakistan Observer
observer@isb.comsats.net.pk

The names and contact information of your nearest Pakistan Ambassador or High Commissioner can be found here:

List of Embassies with websites:

Australia: http://www.pakistan.org.au

Canada: http://www.pakmission.ca

Denmark: http://www.ambassade.dk/pakiscphe.php3

Greece: http://www.pak-embassy.gr

Korea: http://www.pakistan-korea-trade.org

Japan: http://www.pakistanemb.itgo.com

Malaysia: http://www3.jaring.my/pakistanhc

Netherlands: http://www.embassyofpakistan.com

Oman: http://www.geocities.com/pakembassyoman/homepage.html

Poland: http://www.pakembwaw.com.pl

Russia: http://www.pakistanembassy.ru/indexe.htm

South Africa: http://www.fortunecity.com/skyscraper/techie/754

Sweden: http://www.pakistanembassy.se

Ukraine: http://www.pak-emb.kiev.ua

United Kingdom: http://www.pakmission-uk.gov.pk/HC/index.asp

United States: http://www.embassyofpakistan.org

Uzbekistan: http://www.geocities.com/pakembtash

List of Embassies without websites:

Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing, China – No. 1, Dongzhimenwai San Li Tun, Beijing 100600. Tel: 86 10 6532 2504. Fax: 86 10 653 22715.

Embassy of Pakistan in Cairo, Egypt – 8, El Saluli Street, Dokki, Giza, Cairo. Tel: 20 2 748 7504,748 7806. Fax: 20 2 748 0310.

Embassy of Pakistan in Paris, France – 18, Rue Lord Byron, 75008 Paris. Tel: 33 1 4562 2332. Fax: 33 1 4562 8915.

Embassy of Pakistan in Berlin, Germany – Schaperstr-29, Wilmersdorf 10719, Berlin. Tel: 49 30 2124 4299, 2124 4203. Fax: 49 30 2124 4210.

Embassy of Pakistan in Budapest, Hungary – Adonisz utca 3/A, Budapest 1125. Tel: 36 1 355 8017. Fax: 36 1 375 1402.

High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi, India – 2/50-G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Tel: 91 11 611 0 601, 611 0602. Fax: 91 11 687 2339, 688 8330,688 8353.

Embassy of Pakistan in Rome, Italy – Via Della Camilluccia 682, 00135 Rome. Tel: 39 6 3630 1775, 329 4836. Fax: 39 6 3630 1936, 3630 4736.

Embassy of Pakistan in Tokyo, Japan – 2-14-9 Moto Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo. Tel: 813 3454 4861, 3454 4862. Fax: 813 3457 0341, 3451 4280, 3455 1481.

Embassy of Pakistan in Beirut, Lebanon – 11th Floor, Shell Building, Australia Street, Rouche Beirut. Tel: 961 1 86 3041. Fax: 961 1 864 583.

High Commission of Pakistan in Port Louis, Mauritius – Anglo Mauritius House, 7th Floor, Intendence Street, P.O. Box 289, Port Louis. Tel: 230 212 547, 208 7969. Fax: 230 212 6548.

High Commission of Pakistan in Lagos, Nigeria – 4, Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, P.O. Box 2450, Lagos. Tel: 234 1 774 2380, 261 4710. Fax: 234 1 614 822.

Embassy of Pakistan in Oslo, Norway – Eckersbergsgt-20, 0244 Oslo 1. Tel: 47 22 555 470, 555 227. Fax: 47 22 555 097.

Embassy of Pakistan in Lisbon, Portugal – Avanida da Republica, 20-1st Floor, 1050-192 Lisbon. Tel: 351 1 353 8446, 353 8547. Fax: 351 1 315 8805.

Embassy of Pakistan in Hanoi, Vietnam – 8th Floor Daeha Business Centre, 360 Kim Ma Street, Badinh District, Hanoi. Tel: 844 771 6420, 771 6421. Fax: 844 771 6418.