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Sentient Beings

Dr. Zulfiqar Otho and Dr. Shalla Hayat of the Karachi Animal Hospital check a blind donkey rescued by PAWS.

 

All creatures on earth are sentient beings. There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings – but they are communities like you. 

The Quran 6:38

Swiss animal rights lawyer, Antoine Goetschel, recently made international news when he defended a dead pike in a case of cruelty by a local fisherman who was overheard boasting about landing the fish after a ten minute long struggle. The basis of his argument was that fish are sentient beings and that the fisherman had caused the pike needless pain. Islam is a religion where the sentience of all animals has been declared in the Quran. However, the expected application of such a belief is sadly amiss in Pakistani society. In fact, many of the most vocal advocates for animal rights in the history of Pakistan have been non-Muslim. Continue reading

Horror film about ‘Dancing Bears’ banned by Pakistan TV

Eye-Opening Scenes Depicting Mutilation and Abuse Deemed Too Gruesome

Islamabad – A provocative new public service announcement (PSA) which aims to educate people about the plight of Pakistan’s dancing bears has been banned by Pakistan Television Corp. In a bid to expose viewers to the horrific mutilations and abuse that dancing bears endure, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific (PETA) tried to buy a spot during the network’s prime time. PTV ad executives said the video – which shows a screaming man being burned and tethered through the nose like a dancing bear – was too graphic. Continue reading

Bear Rescue in Sindh

A bear was confiscated by Sindh Wildlife officials from an illegal bear baiting event in Mela Makhun, Sindh on September 29th, 2005 after a tip-off from undercover WSPA investigators. The 11 year old Himalayan brown bear was brought to the Wildlife office in Hyderabad from where it was being relocated to WSPA’s bear sanctuary in Kund, NWFP. Although bear baiting is illegal in Pakistan, numerous such events continue to take place between October and April. This is the first bear to have been confiscated by the authorities in the last year.