KARACHI: With only days left before the whole country celebrates Eidul Azha, animals are being brought and sold at cattle markets. As a result, almost every street in the city (Karachi) is filled with animals that are proudly being paraded by their owners even late at night.
However such show of an animal only emotionally affects its well-being, as owners, especially children, are seen forcefully pulling the animal to take it on a run. Some children also light fire crackers in front of the animal, be it a goat or a cow, to see it runs out of fear.
Besides the fact that such acts are clearly a violation of animal right, it is also unfortunate to see that we are raising our kids to be devoid of empathy towards animals.
Is it then a wonder that some such kids grow up to become violent and in extreme cases criminals. As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are raising our kids, irrespective of their gender, to become kind and caring adults towards all living beings.
Animals are an integral part of our society and it is our responsibility to care for them, especially during a time they are any way going to be sacrificed.
We should pledge that at Eidul Azha we would take special care of the animals we buy.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2018.