We usually watch animal-related documentaries on television where photographers are discussing terms i.e animal husbandry, wildlife, etc, and often capture unique moments of animal life.
Wildlife has its own unique essence in the ecosystem of the Earth that helps in sustaining the hierarchy of the food chain. Humans, animals, plants, and every small or big livable, nonliving, apparent, hidden thing are strongly linked with each other. When humans are triggering problems for other humans, we can see complaints but when humans cause harm to animals, we don’t see animals complaining about humans rather we do notice the extinction of rare animals and plants due to human activities.
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CONDITION OF ANIMALS IN SOME ZOOS OF PAKISTAN
Not so long ago, there were different news trending on social media about animal abuse in Pakistan where it could be seen that how famous social media celebrities were treating animals. We did try to raise voice against animal abuse back then, you can read further detail here: Animal Abuse by Pakistani Social Media Celebrities
Later on, we witnessed the case of an elephant Kaavan in Islamabad’s zoo, which was evacuated with the help of animal rights activists and people shared their concerns over this case.
The most recent case is the rare white lion that breathed his last in the miserable conditions of Karachi’s zoo.
WHAT GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO TO SAVE PAKISTAN’S ZOO ANIMALS?
The Government of Pakistan should act wisely to save animals from mistreatment. There is a dire need of funds for zoos, the Government should allocate and increase the annual funds to Zoos because they are crucial for economic stability as well.
Small zoos should be shut down that are created by private ownership and animals must be kept in spacious habitats where they can live close to nature that is their actual habitat. Their food, water along other needs must be taken care of by zoos officials. The fund transfer to zoos should be transparent and action taken by authorities should be effective so that no more animals in zoos of Pakistan die in loneliness, hunger, etc.
Moreover, if animals rights cannot be observed in zoos then, we request the Government of Pakistan to close zoos in Pakistan because if not doing so depicts nothing but animal abuse.
ZOOS HAVE THEIR BENEFITS BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE AT THE EXPENSE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY
No doubt zoos have some importance for educational purposes and research institutions. Zoos are often the source of recreational activities for children. Zoos are the source of information regarding wildlife conservation, animal breeding, threats to endangered animals, why animals are kept in captivity, animal welfare, etc. You may like to read: Conservation of Biodiversity – Importance and Methods.
Similarly, zoos hold great importance for educational organizations which are a prime source of raising awareness among people about wildlife conservation. Zoos should be the epitome of animal welfare in any country, Pakistan should work hard on this challenge to represent this example. But we reiterate that if keeping animals happy and healthy is not possible in a certain zoo, then it should be shut down immediately and the animals should be transferred to other places or zoos where they’d be more comfortable.
There are increasing cases of animal abuse in Pakistan that are being highlighted by the media and above all, it completely deters the image of the country in front of the World. The Government of Pakistan should focus on animal rights and pass and implement legislation regarding animal welfare with strict implementation. Countries which wish to keep animals in captivity for educational or conservation purposes must ensure that they would take care of animals as they care for themselves, otherwise there it is animal abuse.
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