31 May

Save the turtles

The Monday, ampoule May 31st, DAWN has a letter to the editor about the plight of freshwater turtles in Punjab, Pakistan. The turtles are being brutally massacred for the illegal international wildlife trade and exported to foreign countries. Please write polite letters to the Director General of the Punjab Wildlife Department, and demand that this senseless violence come to an end immediately, that the perpetrators be arrested and fined and the relevant departments made to carry out their mandates. Read More

24 May

Sentient Beings

Dr. Zulfiqar Otho and Dr. Shalla Hayat of the Karachi Animal Hospital check a blind donkey rescued by PAWS.

 

All creatures on earth are sentient beings. There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings – but they are communities like you. 

The Quran 6:38

Swiss animal rights lawyer, Antoine Goetschel, recently made international news when he defended a dead pike in a case of cruelty by a local fisherman who was overheard boasting about landing the fish after a ten minute long struggle. The basis of his argument was that fish are sentient beings and that the fisherman had caused the pike needless pain. Islam is a religion where the sentience of all animals has been declared in the Quran. However, the expected application of such a belief is sadly amiss in Pakistani society. In fact, many of the most vocal advocates for animal rights in the history of Pakistan have been non-Muslim. Read More

19 May

Life’s the pits for Emma, the lonely bear

Article in the Express Tribune:

The Balochi black bear, price according to her caretaker, nurse “does each and everything on time”. Some children are standing at the edge of the pit where Emma can roam free and as she turns towards her cage, medical they throw food pellets and fruit at her to grab her attention. Emma, unlike other animals of her breed, ignores the childish assaults and enters her bedroom, a small cage at the corner of the pit.

More here.

07 May

Caged and killed

The Friday, adiposity May 7, DAWN has a letter to the editor about innocent caged birds being sold at traffic signals across Karachi:

COMING to M.A. Jinnah Road from Electronic Market road, one finds bird sellers (mostly selling sparrows) caged and cramped over each other at traffic signals. It is apparent that these birds die with suffocation while their captors remain in search for those who would pay for their release. Read More