Monthly Archives: June 2005

Perfect companions By Ardeshir Cowasjee

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once said that a country’s level of civilization can be gauged by the way its people treat animals. Well, in a country such as ours, where the treatment meted out to human beings is largely deplorable, particularly to women and children (the latest ghastly case being the murder and alleged rape of two girls, a six-year old and an eight-year old, by the police in Gaddap), animals stand no chance. Continue reading

Karachi’s stray dogs

The Karachi city government’s decision to poison stray dogs in an attempt to contain their growing numbers is ill-founded and inhumane. It shows a total disregard for non-lethal alternatives presented to the city government officials by animal rights activists, doctors, health officials and citizens.

Their proposal was based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization which has extensive experience in this area. More and more countries, including developing nations, are implementing non-lethal spay/neuter methods to control the surplus population of animals. Many use euthanasia only as a last resort for sick and/or injured and rabid animals.

Dogs are a part of our urban ecology. Poisoning them can create an environmental disorder of an unprecedented magnitude. For example, the remains of dogs will be eaten by insects, birds and other animals whose droppings will contaminate the environment. Moreover, poisoning is a painful way to kill animals

The city government is requested to refrain from inhumane slaughter of dogs and join the team of experts and organizations that truly understand how to address this complex issue.

San Jose, USA

Source: Dawn letter to the editor – June 17, 2005

All about Lifestyles Exhibition 2005

!! I’d heard a lot about the pet shows organized by the Dawn Group of Newspapers as part of the yearly All about Lifestyles exhibition; but I’d never managed to see them. This year, as I was one of the people manning the PAWS table, I got to see both events, the Pet Show and the Cat Show. Continue reading

“Madness” in Karachi rabies response

KARACHI, Pakistan – “Karachi mayor Niamatul-lah Khan is about to go on a rampage, poisoning 500,000 stray dogs in total disregard of alternatives presented by the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society, along with a large number of doctors, health officials, and Karachi citizens,” Engineers and Scientists for Animal Rights founder Syed Rizvi warned on Friday, May 13, 2005, in an e-mail quickly distributed worldwide by pro-animal newsgroups. Continue reading

May 30th City Govt meeting on rabies and stray dogs

Dear All,

On the one hand the City Government has offered its cooperation to PAWS in the setting up of an ABC programme in Karachi, on the other it is resolutely continuing with its senseless dog killings. While we fully intend to take the Nazim up on his word, we believe this offer to help is lip-service as the very meeting which was supposed to explore alternative strategies (minutes posted below) began with the distribution of flyers announcing the strategy already decided upon – mass strychnine poisoning of stray dogs. Continue reading