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 […]

World Elephant Day at Karachi Zoo

Today as the international community celebrates World Elephant Day, nobody in Karachi seems to have spared a thought for the four baby elephants in our city. We went to the Karachi Zoo to visit 10 year old Noor Jehan and Madhubala this evening. Noor Jehan and Madhubala are the two baby elephants kept captive at […]

Animal Abuse at the Karachi Zoo

‘Death by negligence’ – these words are now nearly synonymous with the fates of the numerous animals unfortunate enough to call the Karachi Zoo their home. Established in 1878 and originally called the Mahatma Ghandi Garden, it wasn’t until the independence of Pakistan, in 1947, that it was renamed the Karachi Zoo. Once the biggest […]