Category Archives: Animal Welfare

Captive whales and dolphins in Karachi

Karachi: The Friday, November 8 DAWN has an article by Faiza Ilyas about the arrival of Stephen, a Beluga whale from Moscow, for the entertainment of Pakistanis. Marine mammal shows are scheduled to be held next month by a private firm despite reservations by nature conservation experts on the violation of animal rights.

Beluga whale“We strongly suggest to the government and the agencies concerned to reconsider the initiative and look into the matter in detail. There are sufficient opportunities for public to see wild dolphins off the shore of Pakistan, especially Karachi. They can be observed without too much effort or expense and the experience is much more rewarding,” stated the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in a statement. Continue reading

Canine casualties: For city admin, citizens’ failings, stray dogs pay with lives

By Danish Hussain in The Express Tribune:

CDA shoots 106 stray dogs in two days; lawyer offers to set up animal shelter; vet asks public to put collars on pets. ISLAMABAD: In some parts of the world, dogs are considered man’s best friend. In Islamabad, the city managers consider them nothing more than moving targets.
Zeeshan Munir decided to write to the chairman of the capital’s civic agency against the brutal killing of stray dogs after a two-day shooting spree carried out by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The 28-year-old said he would offer to establish a sanctuary for stray dogs, provided the CDA could earmark a piece of land in the capital or its suburbs. “I can run the shelter at my cost,” Munir said.

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All creatures great and small

Faiza Sultan Khan in DAWN:

I was tweeting, as one does, some photographs of a litter of tiny puppies recently, in the hope that some kind soul with enough self-esteem to not require a pedigreed dog to cement their social status may consider taking one home.

Their mother had been run over and they were whining little furballs barely a month old, and living in what was essentially a deathtrap next to a busy main road. A stray dog is of course not just ‘as good’ as a pedigreed one, but hardier, better suited to the environment, not as delicate as pedigreed animals and also less likely to have a coat more suited to a life in, say, the Swiss Alps.

It seems to me the duty of all decent people to take in stray dogs, not just for the lifetime of love and joy they guarantee but also to make up for their barbaric countrymen to whom casual cruelty to animals is something of a pastime.

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Hopeful: The story of my adopted disabled dog

By Kanza Wyne in The Tribune

HopefulThe first time I saw Hopeful I was shocked. Could anything look so pitiful? I was expecting a healthy dog that just couldn’t use his hind legs but what I got was a bag of bones with a protruding vertebra and red raw bedsores where the bone was visible at places. He was encrusted with months, perhaps years of faeces and smelled like a whole coop of hens. What really got to me was the thick rusted chain that was looped around his neck. For God’s sake the dog couldn’t even drag himself a foot away and here they had this prison chain dangling which only helped in getting tangled in his legs and tearing open his wounds further.

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Disabled dog finds home

home Just wanted to share the good news that a loving family has adopted the disabled dog and took him home this morning. Here he is all comfy and curled up enjoying the love and attention he’s been receiving all day. He’s been measured by Duke’s Pet Wheelchairs for a custom built wheelchair which should be ready in a few days. Meanwhile, he’s in good spirits, eating well and really, really enjoyed the car ride! We think he will be up and running outdoors on his new wheels in no time. Will post more photos and a longer update by his new family soon.

Perween RahmanPerween Rahman was a huge animal lover with a soft spot for homeless strays. She was also very helpful to PAWS and a mentor we looked to for guidance. Furthermore, she had offered to help us set up a humane stray dog management pilot project in Orangi.

On March 13th this year she was murdered by armed assailants when returning home from work. Her death is a tragic loss to humanity and a big blow for PAWS, both personally and professionally. However we are encouraged by her example to work relentlessly and undeterred by obstacles, and her immense optimism that could find reason for hope in the most dismal situation, thereby turning it around.

We request our well-wishers to please support Perween’s Justice page and help spread the word. Do ‘like’ it and share with friends, family and colleagues.

https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForPerweenRahman

Say no to Dolphin Shows in Karachi

Today’s DAWN has a report by Faiza Ilyas on WWF’s recommendation to the government to not bring dolphin shows to Pakistan.

In a position paper launched on Wednesday, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) states, “We strongly recommend to the government and concerned agencies to re-consider the initiative and look into the matter in more detail. There are sufficient opportunities for public to see wild dolphins off the shore of Pakistan, especially Karachi. They can be observed without too much effort or expense and the experience is much more rewarding.”

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Shut down Karachi Zoo

According to the Born Free Foundation, “Wild animals do not belong in zoos. They belong in the wild.” The barren concrete enclosures of the Karachi zoo are a prime example of the suffering captive animals endure in captivity. Faiza Ilyas’ report in today’s DAWN newspaper quotes zoologist Abida Raees, an official of the zoo, justifying the small cemented cage of the zoo’s lone leopard:

The cage chosen for the leopard was big enough. While the leopard was in its old enclosure, it was always found in its concrete-floored retiring room. So, it didn’t matter if its cage had no other facilities in the old cage.

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Our disregard for wildlife

Editorial in Express Tribune:

When we, as citizens, seek protection for something, we turn to our governments and our systems of law. However, if you live in Pakistan, it seems that you are quite out of luck. Often government employees are the ones found breaking rules and corrupting the system. A recent example is the hunting of deer, partridges and quails illegally partaken in by five men in Bahawalpur, three of whom were reportedly government servants.

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