We don’t want our birds killed

A curlew flies over the coast of Karachi. The unfortunate guest shorebird is a victim of hunting in Pakistan. Licenses issued by the Sindh Wildlife Government allows a party of four hunters to kill up to 60 birds over a weekend. Hunting season is on full swing. Partridges, sandgrouse, quail, ducks, coots, moorhen snipes, stints, […]

Plight of the Pachyderm

By Mahera Omar The Pakistani government wants 10 African elephants from Namibia, a small country in the south of Africa. Their application is being considered for a decision, as confirmed to The Namibian by Romeo Muyunda, spokesperson for the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism. At least two elephants are destined for Lahore Zoo. Recently, […]

National Rabies Program

I am absolutely appalled at the letter printed in yesterday’s Dawn newspaper titled “Dogs will bite” by Dr. Khalil Mukaddam in Karachi. The doctor claims that “straydogs belong to nobody” andadvocates for their immediate mass killing as a “radical solution” to “reduce the incidence of rabies”. The “quick action” demanded by this one individual, and […]

Open Letter to Islamabad Zoo

The Himalayan brown bear at Islamabad Zoo is nursing an open wound on his foot, possibly maggot infested. The thousands of visitors for whom you keep captive our Pakistani wildlife now demand action to save his life. The six month old bear cub that you probably bought from a wildlife smuggler is now 8 years […]

Marghazar Zoo

Editorial in DAWN. GOING by the reports of the past few years, it appears that exotic animals are brought to the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad for no other reason than a quick death — and a painless one isn’t always guaranteed. At the end of last year and the beginning of the new year, six […]

Passerines for blessings soon to be illegal

The business of selling passerines for blessing on the streets of Karachi will soon be declared a criminal offence thanks to the tireless efforts of our team. Birds such as mynahs, sparrows, robins, munias and chats are captured by trappers from the suburban areas of the city. Crammed into tiny, suffocating makeshift cages the birds […]