We don’t want our birds killed

A curlew flies over the coast of Karachi. The unfortunate guest shorebird is a victim of hunting in Pakistan. Licenses issued by the Sindh Wildlife Government allows a party of four hunters to kill up to 60 birds over a weekend. Hunting season is on full swing. Partridges, sandgrouse, quail, ducks, coots, moorhen snipes, stints, […]

National Rabies Program

I am absolutely appalled at the letter printed in yesterday’s Dawn newspaper titled “Dogs will bite” by Dr. Khalil Mukaddam in Karachi. The doctor claims that “straydogs belong to nobody” andadvocates for their immediate mass killing as a “radical solution” to “reduce the incidence of rabies”. The “quick action” demanded by this one individual, and […]

Passerines for blessings soon to be illegal

The business of selling passerines for blessing on the streets of Karachi will soon be declared a criminal offence thanks to the tireless efforts of our team. Birds such as mynahs, sparrows, robins, munias and chats are captured by trappers from the suburban areas of the city. Crammed into tiny, suffocating makeshift cages the birds […]

Eliminating rabies

In response to growing concerns of dog-bite incidents in Karachi, a pilot project, in which this writer participated, was formed under the aegis of Indus Hospital Research Centre from January to December 2018. The project was implemented in Ibrahim Hyderi, selected because of its proximity to the hospital, and recorded outbreaks of rabies from within […]

Call for volunteers – Forever Against Animal Testing

Want to be part of a global campaign to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing? We are looking for volunteers to collect 250,000 signatures from Pakistan for a petition by The BodyShop® and Cruelty Free International.  Sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting-PK  These signatures will represent our country in calling upon the United Nations […]