On Tuesday November 10th concerned citizens met with Karachi University’s Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Qaiser about putting an end to the stray dog killings on the university’s campus. The meeting was initiated by Sam Sattar, an animal lover who’s been at the forefront of creating awareness about humane stray dog management.
Karachi University has been poisoning and shooting dogs on its campus for decades. Pakistan Animal Welfare Society and others at the meeting urged the Vice Chancellor to consider adopting the university stray dogs as part of their natural environment and working toward neutering and vaccinating them. This would create a stable and safe stray population that would also prevent other outside dogs from moving on campus. It would also over time reduce the campus dog population as they wouldn’t be able to breed and produce more puppies. The remaining dogs would be rabies free and pose no threat to the students and staff on campus.
Dr. Qaiser said he agreed culling dogs was barbaric and welcomed other solutions. He hoped someone would step in and remove the dogs for them. When it was explained to him how it was necessary to maintain a familiar population to prevent new dogs from coming in he relented and agreed to a proposal for a project and subsequent meeting to discuss it.
The World Health Organisation and doctors of the Pakistan chapter of Rabies in Asia recommend mass vaccination and spay/neuter campaigns as an effective and humane method to deal with rabies and stray dog populations in developing countries. Such campaigns are already in practice in our neighbouring countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
It is hoped that necessary resources can be pooled in time to create a pilot project on the campus of Karachi University that is more befitting an educational institution of higher learning than routine culling of dogs.
Kaavan, the lone Asian elephant in Islamabad Zoo, was donated by the Bangladesh government 28 years ago and is kept in chains. Suzi, the lone female African elephant at Lahore Zoo fares no better.
Four African baby elephants are in Karachi. They were captured from the wild in Tanzania, separated from their mothers, and kept in solitary confinement at a ‘quarantine station’ at the Safari Park a day after their arrival in 2009. Continue reading
Pakistan has been shooting and poisoning its stray dogs for decades now. Not only is this cruel and ineffective, it is madness given there are humane alternatives to stray dog population management and rabies control. “Killing dogs is not the solution as it does not stop the disease; mass dog vaccination is the only proven solution.” says World Animal Protection, an international organisation that works with governments and helps provides vaccination plans involving local communities. Continue reading
Illegal wildlife trade is rampant in Pakistan. Fortunately last month a smuggler was caught red-handed at Karachi airport taking 218 black spotted turtles to Bangkok to be sold as food and pets. The Sindh Wildlife Department has taken him to court. Please show your support in person at the hearing tomorrow. A good attendance will put pressure on the courts to set an exemplary punishment. Continue reading
A hearing at the Malir District Court today has cleared the consignment of 218 turtles confiscated at Karachi airport on 20th September for return to their natural habitat this coming Thursday. Details about the recovery are here. The next hearing is expected to set the penalty for the offending party and is scheduled for Saturday, 4th oct. Continue reading
Fouzia Ahmed in DAWN:
We love our pets, but they sure can make a mess! Dogs track mud and dirt into the house, topple their food and water bowls; while cats fuss around their food, drop and drag around the bowl and then there are ‘accidents’ — and you need to clean those right away with the right kind of clean-up product.
PAWS held its second open house on 21-12-13 in Karachi. The event featured cats up for adoption, and an introduction to matka kitchen gardening for those interested in organic farming. A variety of people from all walks of life came to see both, and enjoyed savories and fruit tea while kittens and cats played around them. Those who were unable to adopt extended their generosity to the donation box, or invested in the eco-friendly bags and a selection of conservation-themed merchandise on display. The events, and PAWS’s efforts, were lauded by all those who walked through the gate of the current home of the registered animal rights organization. As they plan the future of the volunteer driven initiative – goals include extending its compassionate values and sustainable living advocacy further, and defining its organizational structure – PAWS can take heart from the material and moral support they received from the open house. As writer Nusrat Nasrullah wrote on the board attendees recorded their impressions on, “ I am inspired by what I saw and heard – may this cause flourish.”
We shifted the disabled dog to Dr. Otho’s clinic in DHA 6 today where we will be better able to chart his progress and find a forever home for him. We have gotten soft bedding for him from Gizri and Duke’s Pet Wheelchairs in Karachi have kindly offered to design and donate a wheelchair for him*. His story has touched a lot of hearts and many of you have written in asking to donate towards his care, some to adopt him and one even to give him some physiotherapy. His adoption offers have been from out of the country and we feel that would be too stressful for him with the travel and long quarantine involved. He is already considerably weaker than when we found him and his hind legs have wasted away. We have also spent upwards of PKR 130,000 towards his boarding at private clinics in the city. For those of you who would like to help here’s what we need: Continue reading
Kazim Alam in Express Tribune:
KARACHI: The stench of the dead, half-dead and unburied sheep at PK Meat and Food’s farm is unbearable to say the least.
Out of 21,000 ‘infected’ sheep that arrived in Pakistan from Australia on September 5, roughly 5,400 have already been slaughtered since last Sunday, according to employees of the company. The farm, which is located roughly 10 kilometres from Quaidabad on the outskirts of Karachi, is heavily guarded by policemen and officials of municipal authorities.
All over the world animal welfare activists are trying to create awareness about the importance of preserving marine mammal habitats and keeping wild animals in the wild where they belong. But here in Karachi, instead of promoting ecotourism and keeping our marine waters pollution free, we prefer watching dolphins perform unnatural acts in captivity and get excited about the first company putting up a dolphin show in Pakistan.