Animal Cruelty In Pakistan
In a country where justice for humans is hard to come by, animal
rights is seen as a somewhat “Western” concept. “Leave it to the
Americans to love their pets more than they love each other” some
say. “We can’t focus on animals when we need to worry about humans
first” say others.
Worldwide, people rail against the cruel and unhygienic mass
slaughter of animals as depicted in the documentaries “Food Inc”
and “Earthlings”. The Quran gives us specific instructions on how
to slaughter animals in a way that spares them pain and provides us
with meat free of blood and pathogens. Islam teaches us to care for
animals so much that we have been told not to keep birds in cages.
If God created these creatures with intellect and emotions and gave
us specific instructions regarding their treatment, who is anyone
to say they don’t matter? Our government is slaughtering animals by
shooting them with guns and strychnine poisoning. At this point,
what right do we have to call Pakistan an Islamic Republic, unless
we mend our ways?
On World Animal Day on 5 October, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani
spoke of our religious duty to care for the well-being of animals,
but did not touch on the subject of animal rights violations in
Pakistan, let alone offer any solutions. How will there ever be an
improvement when our leaders don’t even admit there is a problem?
One cannot be a good human being without a moral compass which
demands the humane treatment of animals. No one is being asked to
adopt a pet or to keep a dog inside their home. All I ask is that
we petition for these atrocities to cease, or at the very least,
admit we are wrong in allowing them to occur. The biggest problem
we have as a nation regarding animal rights is that many of us
don’t even consider violations to be an issue.