Cruelty to Animals in Pakistan

931 WordsFeb 2, 20184 Pages
Cruelty to animals is so common in Pakistan that very few notice it. Bear baiting, practiced in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, is arranged by wealthy landlords. It involves the detoothing of bears and letting 2-6 dogs attack them. This practice has been common ever since the British began their rule, but escalated due to widespread ownership of firearms. The bears are usually illegally imported. The capture of bear cubs is prohibited across three provinces of Punjab. It was banned by the Pakistan Legislature under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act(1890). Bears are also forced to dance for money by madaris in Pakistan, despite the ban on capturing bears since 2001. This inhumane practice involves breaking the teeth of young sloths and bears, inserting massive ropes through their nose to force them to ‘dance’. Many tourists, who pay to watch, support this cruel form of ‘entertainment’. A Public Service Announcement portraying the reality of the dancing bears to inform the masses was banned by Pakistan Television Corporation in 2007. Another incident highlighting our lack of feeling took place when 2100 infected sheep arrived in Pakistan from Australia on September 5. Almost 5400 had been slaughtered in one week. The farm, located on the outskirts of Karachi near Quaidabad, was guarded by police officials. Bob Iffla from the Wheatbelt town expressed his disgust by stating that there was no way his sheep would be going to Pakistan again. Dog fighting among other forms
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