Summer, a torture for Zoo animals in Pakistan

Published: May 7, 2012
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Transferring animals from the wild into closed compounds with the promise of controlled living conditions, food and other facilities is what zoos aim to provide. 

There is however,  no comparison between an animal’s natural habitat and those artificially created in cages, zoos and other animal facilities, especially in Pakistan where there is an extreme lack of resources and a seeming lack of compassion.

Animals in the Lahore Zoo were found to be caged and suffering in extreme weather conditions, with either no facilities to cool them, or such facilities being off due to loadshedding or disrepair. Certain compounds were not equipped to cater to the needs or requirements of the animals.

In Lahore, the image of a healthy zoo is far from reality, with visitng children expressing concern over the ill-treatment of animals. This has become a source of concern for many including teachers, parents, NGO’s and even children.

Just last week, Pakistan lost a Sri Lankan elephant who died due to an injury on her foot. The World Wide Fund for Nature Biodiversity Director Uzma Khan said that foot conditions are one of the reasons for mortality amongst elephants, however, this fact is not known by many of the zoo caretakers, and hence ignored.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • mr. righty rightist
    May 7, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Actually, zoos are better compared to the wild, in summers in our countries.

    In India, in summer, animals suffer heavily in the wild for lack of water and even food.

    Food is still okay, because animals derive calories from their fat and can survive on low levels of food but lack of water is horrible. In zoos at least, some measures are taken to provide water to the animals.

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  • s shah
    May 7, 2012 - 7:34PM

    This is such criminal negligence on the part of the administration of zoos. Pakistan should be put on an international ‘black list’ regarding imports from foreign zoos and the animals they have should be given away if they are unable to look after them. The point of a zoo is not to inflict cruelty and suffering on innocent captive animals or to sadden visitors by exposing them to sights of cruelty and neglect and suffering, and ill animals.

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  • Baba Ji
    May 7, 2012 - 8:47PM

    only animals ? what about all the people in the big ZOO from Khyber to Mehran ?

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  • Shue
    May 8, 2012 - 9:53AM

    There should be an international standard to maintain zoo’s, There should be a body checking conditions at the zoo.

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  • Muhammad Hassan
    May 28, 2012 - 11:27PM

    Who cares about animals when summers are a torture for people too, with this constant load shedding.

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  • Muhammad
    Jun 4, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Forget animal rights when there are no human rights to begin with!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Programmingdrone
    Jun 23, 2012 - 4:48AM

    Put some PPP /PML politicians in there and see how the VIP treatment is given to them. The whole problem with the country and its institutions is that the management doesnt care. Privatize the zoo and see how a for profit company will run it better.

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