VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA: I would like to thank your columnist Kamran Shafi for another excellent article, “Close down all the zoos” (May 4). I agree with the writer: zoos in Pakistan should be closed and their animals gifted to zoos abroad because the zoo authorities seem to be incapable of looking after them. Animals should not be provided to Pakistani zoos by other countries since our facilities are not up to international standards.
The way animals are treated in Pakistan is truly shameful. The way we treat the voiceless, the vulnerable and the defenceless, whether they be animals, children or women, is a measure of our humanity and our civilisation.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2012.