760 black spotted turtles that were confiscated from a house in DHA, Karachi were released into their natural habitat by Sindh Wildlife Department and WWF-Pakistan on September 12, 2016. PAWS has grave concerns about the inhumane manner in which the turtles were transported from Karachi to Sukker and subsequently released into a lake near Rohri Toll Plaza. [Read more…] about Protocols for turtle confiscation, quarantine and safe release needed in Pakistan
A consignment of 780 Black Spotted Turtles was confiscated by Sindh Wildlife Department from a house in Gizri yesterday. The alleged turtle smugglers include three Chinese and nine Pakistanis, who have been taken to court by the wildlife department officials.The judge has ordered the release of three of the Pakistani smugglers on bail at PKR 50,000 per person. The judge has also issued a release order for the turtles to be returned to their natural habitat. Initially, there were difficulties to send the accused to jail under court orders. However, we appreciate the timely and tireless support of Rizwan Mehboob, Adviser to Prime Minster of Pakistan, because of whom the initial difficulties were averted. [Read more…] about Sindh Wildlife Department officials face pressure regarding the alleged turtle smugglers in Karachi
Press Release by Barrister Asad Iftikhar.
August 30, 2016.
Due to the strong public sentiment against the barbaric killing of stray dogs in Karachi, 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. [Read more…] about Petition against stray dog killings filed in Sindh High Court
Guest post by veterinarian Dr. Fahad.
This essay, rather a story, has been written in the remembrance of my pet kitten “Baggu”, who is now in heaven. She taught me what animal welfare actually is.
Here I would like to sum up some of my very unique and enigmatic experiences that I have been living through during sixth semester of my DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree. In this semester my faculty offered five courses and two out of these five courses were directly discussing “Animal Welfare”. The semester continued in a very formal but in interesting way and we were taught a lot of literature about the concept and importance of animal welfare and animal-human bond. [Read more…] about My dear Baggu
Today as the international community celebrates World Elephant Day, nobody in Karachi seems to have spared a thought for the four baby elephants in our city. We went to the Karachi Zoo to visit 10 year old Noor Jehan and Madhubala this evening.
Noor Jehan and Madhubala are the two baby elephants kept captive at Karachi Zoo. Captured from the wild in Tanzania and separated from their mothers by the late Pakistani animal trader Irfan Ahmed of Osaka Traders, they were brought to Karachi in 2009. The zoo, run by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) claimed they were a gift from the Tanzanian government. There was much controversy reported in the newspapers on the import of the elephants even before their arrival to Pakistan. [Read more…] about World Elephant Day at Karachi Zoo
‘Death by negligence’ – these words are now nearly synonymous with the fates of the numerous animals unfortunate enough to call the Karachi Zoo their home.
Established in 1878 and originally called the Mahatma Ghandi Garden, it wasn’t until the independence of Pakistan, in 1947, that it was renamed the Karachi Zoo. Once the biggest attraction for people of all backgrounds in the city, to say that the zoo now is a shell of its former self would be a colossal understatement. [Read more…] about Animal Abuse at the Karachi Zoo