Category Archives: News

It’s turtle nesting season in Karachi

There’s an article by Faiza Ilyas in DAWN today about sea turtle hatchlings being available at animal markets in Karachi.

KARACHI, Nov 11: Illegal trade in marine turtles seems to be booming in the city as a group of volunteers, who claimed to have bought 200 green turtles from a market, released some of them at the Russian beach on Monday. Most of the turtles (20 in number) showed little movement when they were released into the water near Port Qasim.

Please have a look and be sure to leave a comment on their website today thanking DAWN for their continued coverage of animal welfare issues. Do this today as they tend to close off comments oh too soon. You can also send in a letter to the editor at letters@dawn.com about the importance of protecting our wildlife. Thanks!

Sharp decline in catch threatens lobsters export

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:

KARACHI, Nov 9: Lobsters might vanish completely from the list of the country’s exports within a few years as their catch has declined sharply, experts and individuals associated with the seafood industry told Dawn on Saturday.

The government exchequer, they said, was suffering losses because lobsters, like fish and shrimps, were caught indiscriminately throughout the year in violation of the law.

More here.

Equine Welfare in Pakistan

Equine Welfare in Pakistan

Karachi, March 27, 2013: A meeting was called by The Brooke at the
Beach Luxury hotel today to address equine welfare concerns in
Pakistan. The objective of the meeting was to form working groups on
advocacy and legislation that would contribute towards a better
environment for horses, donkeys and mules. The participants included
relevant stakeholders from private organisations as well as government
officials. Continue reading

A threatened species

Editorial in DAWN:

In an encouraging sign for advocates of animal welfare, the World Wide Fund for Nature, along with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department, has initiated a programme to track leopards in Ayubia National Park with radio collars. As reported in this paper, the collars will aid conservationists in monitoring the routes and activities of the animal found in the northern regions of the country.

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Wildlife secretary backed controversial import of big cats

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:

KARACHI, Sept 8: While the Sindh wildlife department is ‘observing’ silence over the legal status of the big cats currently housed in the zoo, correspondence between government departments over the past two months shows that the wildlife and forest secretary had also endorsed a request of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation for the import of animals brought to the city without a mandatory permit in July, sources told Dawn on Saturday.

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Amend to Animal Slaughter Act: governor seeks CII advice

Report in DAWN:

LAHORE, Aug 28: Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has written a letter to the Council of Islamic Ideology chairman, seeking its advice whether or not amendments made by the Punjab Assembly to allow slaughtering of any animal without differentiating between ‘halal’ and ‘haram’ are repugnant to the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. In the letter, the governor said the Punjab Assembly recently made legislation on the issue of slaughtering of any animal of any age domesticated in captivity.

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Regulator concerned over new veterinary varsity

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:

KARACHI, Aug 26: The Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC), the professional body responsible to regulate veterinary education in the country, has expressed serious reservations over the establishment of an international veterinary university in Sakrand, a taluka of Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) district, for which the process of admission had been initiated even before the Sindh Assembly had passed a bill for its establishment.

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KMC buys two lions at exorbitant price

Bhagwandas in DAWN:

KARACHI, Aug 18: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has purchased two white lions from a private contractor at a price around 10 times higher than the one at which he acquired the pair of big cats, it emerged on Thursday. Conservatives that Dawn spoke to felt certain that an inquiry should be instituted into what appeared to be a shady deal.

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