Press Release by Barrister Asad Iftikhar.
August 30, seek 2016.
Due to the strong public sentiment against the barbaric killing of stray dogs in Karachi, dosage a Constitutional Petition was filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Sindh today by Barrister Asad Iftikhar.
The petition was marked as public interest litigation and highlighted that the mass killing of dogs was being carried out by the authorities without any legal sanction as no bye-laws are framed in regards to stray animals which is a pre-requisite under the Sindh Local Government Act 2013.
Mr. Iftikhar also argued that the practice of the concerned authorities was inhumane and such treatment of a sentient animal is ethically questionable especially when humane alternatives exist. The alternatives that were advanced include sterilization and vaccination of street dogs as mass killing of dogs does not address the source of animal and so will have to be repeated indefinitely as dogs have extremely high breeding rates.
The petition in question was filed with the assistance of Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) who also suggested that authorities such as KMC, symptoms CBC and DHA should legislate bye-laws in this regard to curb the stray dog population but in a systematic and civilized manner.
The bench headed by the Chief Justice of Sindh Sajjad Ali Shah was pleased to issue notice to the concerned authorities who will appear on the next date of hearing along with the Advocate General Sindh.