Unchaining the elephants – and the minds of our zoo managers

Guest post by Naeem Sadiq: We agreed to disagree. That may be a polite expression to describe the interview a group of ‘ele-friends’ (Rumana Husain, prostate Mahera, find Sajjad and Naeem) had with the Director of the Karachi Zoo. The more we systematically enumerated our well-rehearsed roles and arguments, vcialis 40mg the more we realised [...]

Managing Karachi University’s stray dogs

   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 [...]

Elephants – from cells to sanctuaries

Guest post by Naeem Sadiq. Having been chained for 20 years, sale ‘Saheli’ the female elephant of Islamabad zoo could no longer bear the ordeal of life in confinement, standing in one posture, infections in her feet and agony in her soul. She died on May 1, 2012. The six remaining elephants, thinly spread in [...]

Free Kaavan, the Islamabad Zoo elephant

Recently we, the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), received a letter from a concerned citizen about the plight of Kaavan the lone African elephant in captivity at Islamabad Zoo. Kaavan was donated to Pakistan by the Bangladesh government 28 years ago. Chained for decades on concrete by all four legs up to 24 hours a [...]

World Elephant Day

Spare a thought for the six elephants in captivity in Pakistan this World Elephant Day. 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 [...]

Humane solutions – stray dog management for Pakistan

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 [...]