28 Dec

Helping animals up north

Guest post by Ms. E Anne S Killick, BVetMed MRCVS, UK

ShandurThis summer was my third visit to the northern areas of Pakistan. I have always enjoyed myself so much there – the people are so friendly and hospitable and, of course, the scenery is breath taking. Being a veterinary surgeon by profession I decided it would be very interesting to try and find out about the livestock problems and see if there was anything I could do to help. I spoke to my friend (who lives there) and contacted PAWS for some guidelines and then started canvassing the medicine suppliers in the UK. Novartis, CEVA and Animalcare were supportive of the cause and gave me some supplies to take. Read More

26 Dec

75pc govt hospitals still using obsolete rabies vaccine

Faiza Ilyas in Dawn:

KARACHI, click Dec 25: The government and the media have not yet given due priority to rabies that claims thousands of lives every year in the country.

One major reason of this high mortality is the fact that the government has not developed any strategy to address this serious public health issue.

Official apathy can also be gauged from the fact that 75 per cent of the public sector hospitals are still using the old vaccine which has been found ineffective in many cases and declared obsolete by the World Health Organisation two decades ago.These points were highlighted by Dr Naseem Salahuddin, head of the department of infectious diseases, Indus Hospital, at a public awareness programme held at Aga Khan University auditorium on Friday.

More here.

24 Dec

Licence to kill

Editorial in Dawn:

Houbara BustardIT seemed that sanity would prevail this year but the end result was quite the opposite. It was earlier reported that no special permits had been awarded this time round for the annual slaughter of the houbara bustard, cost an endangered migratory bird that is ostensibly protected under Pakistani and international law. However, buy it now transpires that Arab dignitaries have been awarded at least 27 permits for their wintertime shooting spree in Pakistan.

More here.

21 Dec

Rare falcons taken out of country

Bhagwandas in Dawn:

KARACHI, store Dec 20: Fifteen falcons belonging to a Saudi Arabian dignitary are reported to have been brought to Pakistan recently and sent back to the kingdom after a few days. Falcons are used by hunters, shop mostly from Arab Gulf states, to hunt the internationally protected houbara bustard for which special hunting permits are issued by the ministry of foreign affairs.

More here.

21 Dec

Concept of animal welfare non-existent in Pakistani society

Andaleeb Rizvi in Daily Times:

KARACHI: Talking about animals, prescription one must be used to the spectacle of undernourished donkeys, horses and camels as well as flea-infested cats and dogs in the city. Also worth mentioning are the illegal animal markets, where animals are kept in dirty, over-crowded and unhygienic conditions.Unfortunately animal welfare is an alien concept in our society and it is proved countless of times when we go through news flashes about poisoning of street dogs and cats, indiscriminate shooting of crows or eagles, hunting of endangered animals and birds as well as public displays of cruelty by pelting stones or cutting off of ears and tail of street cats just for fun.

More here.