ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Local weather Change Malik Amin Aslam has fashioned an inquiry committee to analyze the deaths of animals from the Marghazar Zoo.
A lioness died upon arrival at a lion breeding sanctuary two days in the past, after which the lion, which was additionally significantly sick, additionally died, a senior official from the Ministry of Local weather Change advised Daybreak.
The animals died on the best way to the sanctuary in Kasur. A video exhibits handlers on the Islamabad zoo poking the lion with sticks to pressure it out of its enclosure, and when that failed the handlers lit fires to smoke it out and into particular fabricated cages.
Ministry officers stated it was ill-advised to maneuver animals throughout excessive climate circumstances. They stated the stress of the journey was compounded by the intense climate and suffocation from the hearth, killing each lions.
Ostriches, a hog deer and pheasants have additionally died whereas being moved to sanctuaries.
Inquiry committee to analyze deaths of Marghazar Zoo animals throughout relocation
“A high level inquiry committee, to be chaired by the additional secretary of the climate change ministry Joudat Ayaz, will look into the causes of the recent deaths of zoo animals, including lions, ostriches and other animals,” the ministry’s media focal particular person and deputy director Mohammad Saleem stated.
The Islamabad Excessive Courtroom has assigned the Islamabad Wildlife Administration Board the accountability of safely shifting zoo animals to wildlife sanctuaries.
“It has been brought into notice of the ministry that deaths have occurred due to bad management regarding the shifting of zoo animals and poor feeding arrangements, with which the ministry is seriously concerned, terming it intolerable and inhumane,” Mr Saleem stated.
He added that the inquiry committee has been tasked with figuring out who’s liable for the deaths of the animals and proposing disciplinary motion towards these accountable.
In a press release, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Pakistan condemned the mistreatment of the lions on the zoo and expressed “grave” considerations over movies circulating on social media.
“It is absolutely abhorrent and unacceptable to treat any animal this way. WWF-Pakistan has expressed its disappointment to the IWMB and hopes that those who are responsible will be brought to justice for this repulsive act. In the wake of this incident, as a protest, WWF-Pakistan has also stepped down from the board of the IWMB, of which it has been a member for several years,” the assertion stated.
It added that WWF-Pakistan is conscious that there are dangers when shifting a wild animal from one facility to a different, however there “is absolutely no excuse for the treatment of an animal as seen in the videos.”
WWF-Pakistan has advocated for a few years that there’s an instantaneous want for guidelines and laws for zoos in Pakistan, whether or not these are non-public or public, in order that the wellbeing of animals is ensured and incidents like this will not be repeated, it stated, including that though the WWF recognises the scientific and analysis advantages of conserving animals in captivity, it strongly advocates in-situ conservation for the wellbeing of animals.
The assertion added that WWF-Pakistan has provided assist to enhance the situation of zoos within the nation and has lobbied for zoo requirements and laws, selling cooperation and capability constructing for an total improved atmosphere for the animals.
Printed in Daybreak, July 31st, 2020