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 day, he is made to endure a life of solitary confinement – considered one of the worst punishments for human beings in jail. It is enough to drive any sentient being to psychosis and is something visitors to the zoo witness on any given day. Continue reading
A foreign journalist looks for her lost adopted street dog in Islamabad.
A beautiful and kind kitten is looking for a caring home and family to become a part of. Weighing in at just 4 pounds, you wouldn’t believe that her purr could be so loud and healthy. She has been separated from her mother at too young an age, and will not be able to survive without a safe home. Continue reading
Editorial in DAWN:
PARTICIPANTS in a workshop in Peshawar on rabies were right in demanding that the government manufacture anti-rabies vaccine to save the lives of people bitten by stray rabid dogs. They contend that as many as 150,000 people are bitten by stray dogs every year, of which up to 5,000 people die of rabies because they do not receive timely treatment. Despite forming a National Rabies Control Programme five years ago, the government has yet to allocate funds for it which would make it functional.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), the world’s largest federation of animal welfare societies, has detected bear baiting activity in Islamabad. Unlike the large-scale bear-baiting events organised illegally in rural Pakistan, this event involved only one bear at the Islamabad bus stand. Continue reading