ISLAMABAD    –  The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) was Monday knowledgeable that two Himalayan brown bears can be despatched to an abroad sanctuary for a selected time until a sanctuary for the animals constructed within the nation. 

The counsel for Islamabad Wildlife Administration Board (IWMB) instructed this to a single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice of IHC Justice Athar Minallah throughout listening to of a case associated to implementation of the court docket’s verdict on shifting of all animals on the Marghazar zoo to appropriate sanctuaries.

Through the listening to, Barrister Sardar Ijaz Ishaq for Ms Naheed S. Durrani Secretary Ministry of Local weather Change and Barrister Danyal Hassan, the counsel for the Chairperson of IWMB knowledgeable the court docket that the Board, in its assembly held on11th December deliberated relating to the relocation of the 2 Himalayan brown bears to an applicable sanctuary.

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They instructed that the Board, after acquiring opinions from the consultants, has determined to relocate forthwith the 2 brown bears, particularly Suzie and Bubloo, to a sanctuary established within the Kingdom of Jordan.

The IHC bench noticed in its order that it’s heartening for this court docket to notice that the Board has accurately appreciated the jurisprudence laid down in its judgment, dated 21-05-2020, handed in W.P. No.1155/2019, titled “Islamabad Wildlife Management Board through its Chairman v. Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad through its Mayor and 4 others.”

It talked about that the pure habitat of Suzie and Bubloo, the 2 incarcerated brown bears, was the excessive altitude plateau of Deosai Nationwide Park within the Himalayas. It was certainly inhumane to have disadvantaged them of dwelling of their pure habitat merely for the leisure of the human species. They’ve remained caged within the Marghazar zoo for greater than a decade.

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Justice Athar acknowledged {that a} zoo, regardless of how properly geared up, is a minimum of a focus camp for dwelling beings. Each the bears had been despatched by the Creator to stay free of their pure habitats. They had been born free and taking them out of their pure habitat and caging them was in violation of the pure rights bestowed upon them by the Creator. They had been imprisoned with out having dedicated a criminal offense.

“By depriving them of their natural habitat, the human species has interfered with the balance created in nature by the Creator. They were subjected to unimaginable pain and suffering and there was no justification for this cruel treatment other than to entertain the human species. They have suffered enough and they lack the ability to let the human species know what they must have gone through,” added the IHC Chief Justice.

He maintained that their irregular habits whereas imprisoned was ample to talk volumes for the unimaginable ache and struggling. “Kaavan,” the elephant, has already been relocated to a sanctuary in Cambodia. The stories acquired from Cambodia are a tribute to the folks of Pakistan and its Authorities who accepted the jurisprudence of this Court docket and applied it in letter and spirit. The relocation of “Kaavan,” the elephant, and the 2 Himalayan brown bears, Suzie and Bubloo, to applicable sanctuaries has set a precedent for others to comply with.

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He additional stated that they are going to all the time signify the folks of Pakistan and their resolve to deal with dwelling species with respect and it’s an acknowledgement that animal species have rights and that it’s a obligation of people to guard them. The survival of the human species on this planet relies on the existence and safety of the animal species and their pure habitats. Kaavan, Suzie and Bubloo will all the time be ambassadors of the folks of Pakistan, a reminder that the human race can go extinct if the animal species and their rights will not be protected.

The IHC decide acknowledged that they might function symbols of the empathy and respect that the animal species deserve from people and a reminder that defending their rights and their welfare is of paramount significance. They may stay the messengers of the folks of Pakistan for the remainder of humanity that it’s time to finish imprisoning sentient animal species in cages in a zoo and to revive the steadiness of nature by letting them stay with dignity of their respective pure habitats in order that they might take pleasure in their pure rights.

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He added that each Suzie and Bubloo, the brown bears, might have been taken care of in Pakistan however time was required for creating an enabling atmosphere and a facility that will function a sanctuary.

Justice Athar stated that this court docket data its appreciation for the choice of the Board to not topic these sentient dwelling beings to additional ache and struggling even for a day and to relocate them to an applicable sanctuary within the Kingdom of Jordan until a facility may very well be established that will meet their behavioral, physiological and social wants.

He additionally stated, “This is a step towards changing mindsets and would definitely contribute towards fighting the evils that today threaten the peaceful existence of the human species on this plant because it is a recognition of a fundamental principle; life is the most precious creation of the Creator and its protection is a duty of every human. There will be no crime, violence, or bloodshed if this principle is acknowledged as the purpose of human existence on this planet. Every form of life is an end in itself.”

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The bench stated that this Court docket would additionally prefer to avail this chance by recognizing the precious and laudable providers rendered by Dr Amir Khalil and his group 4 Paws in helping the Board and the Authorities of Pakistan and to allow spreading the message in the remainder of the world that the welfare of sentient animal species and defending their pure rights is of paramount significance.