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 “Sentient Beings”

Caged and killed

The Friday, adiposity 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 “Caged and killed”

A sport that thrills but kills

Malik Tahseen Raza in DAWN:

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