Pakistan has been shooting and poisoning its stray dogs for decades now. Not only is this cruel and ineffective, it is madness given there are humane alternatives to stray dog population management and rabies control. “Killing dogs is not the solution as it does not stop the disease; mass dog vaccination is the only proven solution.” says World Animal Protection, an international organisation that works with governments and helps provides vaccination plans involving local communities. Continue reading
We just received this news from someone on our facebook page:
i jus saw a guard who shot 2 dogs an hour a ago at bhukhari comm. ph 6 =[ .. such a horrible act .. jus want to know its allowed or is it legal to shot down street dogs like that =S .. ? i duno if they harmed anyone or not .. the only thing noticed that they barked alot this morning .. :s
An injured dog rescued by volunteers from Gulistan -e Jauhar near PIA colony in Karachi is looking for a foster home. He is currently at Dr. Shalla’s clinic in Saddar, and is doing much better. Please call or sms her at 03226160876 if you would like to volunteer to help the dog. Thanks!
Do share this link with family, friends and colleagues. You may also make a flyer and put it around to help spread the word. This would be a great way to help PAWS in its work if you have some spare time this summer.
Qadeer Tanoli in The News:
Despite efforts of different town administrations, the numbers of stray dogs is increasing in the metropolis, posing a potential threat of rabies in the city.
The health department of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) provides poisonous capsules to town administrations on demand. It is the responsibility of every town administration to initiate either full fledged campaigns against stray dogs or address any complaints in this respect at any time of the year. Stray dogs can be seen in almost in every town but those areas are their special breeding points where storm water drains are situated. For instance, stray dogs are found in abundance alongside the banks of the Mahmoodabad Nullah and Manzoor Colony Nullah.
Sidrah Roghay in The News:
Carol Noreen is an animal lover. A school principal by profession, everyday, she puts on a big cooking pot of dog and cat food on her stove. The idea is to provide food to owners who cannot afford to feed their animals. One such owner is her watchman who has adopted a stray cat.
“I cook food for the animals myself, I do not like to leave this job to my servants,” she says.
Noreen volunteers for Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and has rescued several strays. She shares one such instance when she saw an injured dog, at PIA Colony, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, while going to work. Since she could not rescue it all alone she called up her team for help. The vet in the team, sedated the dog, and took it for treatment.
Based on a tale from Hindu mythology, this is the story of Yudisthira, a pious king whose place in Heaven is determined by his love for a dog. Animated by Wolf Clifton in the style of an Indonesian shadow puppet play. Winner of best animation on animal rights at the 3rd International Rights Film Festival “STEPS” 2009.
Faiza Ilyas in Dawn:
KARACHI, Dec 25: The government and the media have not yet given due priority to rabies that claims thousands of lives every year in the country.
One major reason of this high mortality is the fact that the government has not developed any strategy to address this serious public health issue.
Official apathy can also be gauged from the fact that 75 per cent of the public sector hospitals are still using the old vaccine which has been found ineffective in many cases and declared obsolete by the World Health Organisation two decades ago.These points were highlighted by Dr Naseem Salahuddin, head of the department of infectious diseases, Indus Hospital, at a public awareness programme held at Aga Khan University auditorium on Friday.
Andaleeb Rizvi in Daily Times:
KARACHI: Talking about animals, one must be used to the spectacle of undernourished donkeys, horses and camels as well as flea-infested cats and dogs in the city. Also worth mentioning are the illegal animal markets, where animals are kept in dirty, over-crowded and unhygienic conditions.Unfortunately animal welfare is an alien concept in our society and it is proved countless of times when we go through news flashes about poisoning of street dogs and cats, indiscriminate shooting of crows or eagles, hunting of endangered animals and birds as well as public displays of cruelty by pelting stones or cutting off of ears and tail of street cats just for fun.