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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

Caged and killed

The Friday, May 7, DAWN has a letter to the editor about innocent caged birds being sold at traffic signals across Karachi:

COMING to M.A. Jinnah Road from Electronic Market road, one finds bird sellers (mostly selling sparrows) caged and cramped over each other at traffic signals. It is apparent that these birds die with suffocation while their captors remain in search for those who would pay for their release. Continue reading

A sport that thrills but kills

Malik Tahseen Raza in DAWN:

MUZAFFARGARH, June 17: Cricket is often described here as a national passion but in some parts of Muzaffargarh, cockerel fight has over the years become much more than a favourite pastime, a local wrestle mania.

It is the sport at the local circuit that draws hundreds of spectators. April and May are the months when cockfight competitions are held and this season saw around two dozen of those in Baseera, Pattal, Basti Chajhra, Chowk Goudar, Mahmood Kot and Kot Addu. There were hundreds of people who witnessed the cockerels fighting, there was great enthusiasm.

More here.

Killing of stray dogs in Karachi

Poisoned Dog

The Monday, June 11 2007, edition of Pakistan’s leading English daily newspaper DAWN has news of the Liaquatabad Town Administration killing 167 dogs in their jurisdiction in Karachi. According to the news item, the sanitation department is encouraging residents to inform them about stray dogs in their area so that they can come to eliminate them. 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

The Pakistan Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1890


1ACT No. XI of 1890 (21st March 1890)
(As modified up to the 15th December, 1937)

AN ACT for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Title, extent and commencement, and super-session of other enactments

WHEREAS it is expedient to make further provision for the prevention of cruelty to animals. It is hereby enacted as follows:-

1. (1) This act may be called the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1890.
(2) This section extends to the whole of British India; and the 2(Provincial Government) may, by notification in the official Gazette, extend, on and from a date to be specified in the notification, the whole or any part of the rest of this Act to any such local area as it thinks fit. Continue reading