ON Jan 11, a pet lion mauled an 11-calendar year-previous boy in Gujrat, owning severely injured his arm. The boy was hospitalised, and the owner of the lion was arrested. In a comparable incident, a pet lion experienced attacked and wounded a 10-year aged boy in Karachi’s Gulberg location very last 12 months.
Of late, there has been a developing development in the affluent course, especially in Karachi, Lahore, Gujranwala and Gujrat, to continue to keep wild animals, like lion, tiger and leopard, as animals, that are largely imported. It has turn out to be a sort of standing symbol.
It appears to be that there is no law in Pakistan to prohibit the possession of wild and hazardous animals that pose protection hazards to other human beings. Nonetheless, the provincial wildlife department problems a permit to maintain the wild animal, limiting it to the owner’s private zoo or a farmhouse, with appropriate care and welfare.
But the restrictions are violated, normally, and these major cats are retained at houses found in town centres.
Will the government be certain that the entrepreneurs of wild animals notice the relevant rules of the provincial wildlife department as nicely as individuals underneath the appropriate wildlife laws so that the public existence and property are not endangered?
Posted in Dawn, February 21st, 2022