12 Nov

Give Some Live Goats This Eid

Coverage of PAWS Eid Campaign in Newsline Magazine.

After the devastating floods of 2010, medications a non-profit organisation wants Pakistanis to think a little differently for Eid-ul-Azha this year. PAWS, look the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society, look is asking citizens to think about saving animals instead of sacrificing them. The volunteer-run group says that because so many families have lost their cattle and livestock in the floods, what those families need most is not meat for a meal, but livestock to help them generate income and rebuild their lives.

More here.

11 Nov

My experience volunteering for PAWS

Guest post by volunteer Tanya Waheed:

Thought I should share with you guys one of the best and most heartwarming experiences an animal lover could ever have!

The moment PAWS put up a notice on its website and facebook page calling out for volunteers at the PAWS stall in the Dawn LifeStyle Exhibition November 2010, I knew I had to be there! There were no second thoughts about it! So I, my sister and a couple of friends signed up for this wonderful opportunity and it was one of the best experiences we have ever had. Read More

06 Nov

A life-giving sacrifice

PAWS EID Campaign 2010

“It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37)

In July and August, the Pakistan floods wiped out 1.2 million large and small animals in Pakistan and left those that survived in poor condition with limited access to food.

For Eid-ul-Azha sacrifice this year, join PAWS and help restore the lives and livelihood of people affected by the floods. Buy a goat – and this year, instead of sacrificing it, send it back to a village to replace what was lost and help people back onto their feet. Goats can provide an ongoing income for families through the sale of milk, ghee, meat and kids, as well as supplement their own diet and agriculture.

Your donation of 12,000 PKR will buy a healthy, local goat and will deliver that goat to a flood refugee in Sindh. This cost includes: purchase of the goat and its delivery to the flood affected family, initial veterinary examination including vaccination and drenching, and high quality fodder for two months (as fodder is not easily available in the areas to where the families are returning).

Send your cheques to: Pakistan Animal Welfare Society
Mailing Address: Office No. 8, Hamilton Court, Complex G-1, Main Clifton Road, Karachi 6, Pakistan. (Please provide a return address and contact number for the receipt of your payment to be sent to you.)

Why not just donate the meat from my sacrifice to a family instead?
A living goat is worth more to a family than the meat from a dead one – it is an ongoing source of income to that family. Also, the logistics of getting meat from its source to people in need means that a lot of meat goes wasted every year.

Where will you buy the goats from?
The goats will be sourced from locals who sell goats every year for sacrifice. The idea is that these sellers shouldn’t lose the annual income they depend on from goat sales, but that the goats purchased will be given to a local family rather than sacrificed. Furthermore, by buying directly from a poor family, the family can benefit from the best value for its goat.

How can I be sure that my goat goes to a family in need?
PAWS is partnering with local NGOs with a proven track record to ensure that every goat donated goes to a deserving family that has been displaced by the floods. You can follow up on your donation by contacting PAWS at the contact details provided below.

Why don’t I just donate money instead of donating a goat?
By donating a goat, you’re ensuring local goat sellers their annual income, and you’re also giving a long-term gift to a family. That family will be able to use the milk and fertilizer produced by the goat and its offspring to help support themselves for years to come.

Doesn’t the Qur’an say that an animal must be sacrificed?
Some people feel strongly that animals should be sacrificed for Eid-ul-Azha. Even if you only donate one of the animals that you would normally offer for sacrifice to a family, you would be making a big contribution to that family’s life.

Note: For logistical reasons, PAWS is only able to provide goats as gifts in place of slaughter. Please don’t let this discourage you from opting for a ‘life-giving sacrifice’ of another animal this year, on your own.

For further information:
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