Guest post by Naeem Sadiq.
Having been chained for 20 years, ‘Saheli’ the female elephant of Islamabad zoo could no longer bear the ordeal of life in confinement, standing in one posture, infections in her feet and agony in her soul. She died on May 1, 2012. The six remaining elephants, thinly spread in four different zoos of Pakistan await a similar fate. ‘Kaavan’ in Islamabad, ‘Suzi’ in Lahore, ‘Noor Jehan’ and ‘Madhubala’ in Karachi zoo and ‘Malika’ and ‘Sonu’ at Safari Park. Ironically it is not our love but gifts, poaching, smuggling and selling that forcibly removed these elephants from their natural habitats. The elephants in our zoos may well be compared with the prisoners of Guantanamo – caged, tied with chains, confined in solitary cells, ill-treated, ill-fed and emotionally battered. Continue reading
Sadia Qasim Shah in DAWN:
PESHAWAR: Looking at the images of internally displaced persons moving out of the troubled North Waziristan Agency and the animals accompanying them, one struggles to decide whose condition is worse.
In July and August of 2010, floods wiped out 1.2 million large and small animals in Pakistan and left those that survived in poor condition with limited access to food. For Eid-ul-Azha that year, Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) initiated a campaign to help restore the lives and livelihood of people affected by the floods. We encouraged people to buy a female goat and send it back to a village to replace what was lost and help people back onto their feet. Continue reading
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Coverage of PAWS Eid Campaign in Newsline Magazine.
After the devastating floods of 2010, a non-profit organisation wants Pakistanis to think a little differently for Eid-ul-Azha this year. PAWS, the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society, is asking citizens to think about saving animals instead of sacrificing them. The volunteer-run group says that because so many families have lost their cattle and livestock in the floods, what those families need most is not meat for a meal, but livestock to help them generate income and rebuild their lives.
Chris Anderson, curator of TED Talks, writes about PAWS flood relief efforts on his blog:
80% of the flood affected population relies on agriculture and animals for their livelihoods. Around 1.2 million livestock and 6 million poultry have died throughout the country. The hundreds of thousands of animals that have survived are in urgent need of emergency fodder, shelter and veterinary support.
So it’s no trivial act that the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in collaboration with the Karachi Animal Hospital, organized a relief mission to Thatta and Makli in Sindh to provide veterinary treatment to the flood’s animal victims.
August 29, 2010: The Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in collaboration with the Karachi Animal Hospital, organized a relief mission to Thatta and Makli in Sindh to provide veterinary treatment to the flood’s animal victims. Continue reading
The ongoing ‘super flood‘ in Pakistan has wreaked havoc on people’s lives, their property, livestock and other animals. Here is some information about the relief efforts of a few animal welfare and other organizations in Pakistan: Continue reading