Monthly Archives: July 2005

The News letter to the editor – II

Why poison stray dogs?

As an active volunteer with the Cowichan Valley for the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), I am appalled to hear of the mass poisonings of stray dogs in Karachi. Many of the animals suffer terribly from this cruel way of killing. Please consider alternative methods such as providing vaccines and quality shelters for stray animals. Continue reading

The News letter to the editor – I

The Pakistan Animal Welfare Society has informed us that “thousands of stray dogs who have long roamed the streets of Karachi may soon be the target of an extensive and cruel campaign to eliminate them.” It is said that the authorities will spread capsules of strychnine in the streets.

We must protest against this kind of cruel action. Strychnine is a very violent poison which causes a slow death. The populations of stray dogs and rabies must be controlled, site but certainly not by a slaughter.We urge the authorities concerned to reconsider their plan and discuss it with the Pakistani animal welfare associations in order to find ways to resolve the problem of rabies without cruelty.

Rosa Mertens

Police shoot leopard dead – Dawn report


PESHAWAR, store July 11: Police commandos on Monday shot dead a leopard which reportedly killed six women in northwestern Pakistan, order officials said. They lured the leopard into a forested area with a caged goat and then sprayed the cat with bullets when it fell for the trap, salve said Feroz Shah, a senior police officer in Abbottabad.

“Police commandos fired 15 bullets to kill the leopard,” Shah told AFP.

The big cat was killed about 200 yards (metres) from the spot where it was thought to have mauled a woman on Friday, he said.

“We are 100 per cent sure it is the same leopard,” Shah said, without specifying how.

The leopard was blamed for fatal attacks on six women who had gone to collect firewood from the mountainous region during the last two weeks.

Shah said the authorities dispatched the commando team over the weekend to hunt down the animal and also warned people to stay away from the forest.

Source: Dawn Newspaper July 12, 2005