Wildlife hunting has always been a popular sport across the world. However, the activity in Pakistan is considered illegal. But, a few days ago a man named Sajid, along with his friends had killed hundreds of sparrows in Kulachi Tehsil of Dera Ismail Khan. After a social media uproar, the man has now been arrested for his brazen act.
The news about the massacre broke out in a tweet that showed hundreds of sparrows killed by a group of men. They posed in front of the dead sparrows shamelessly and the images became viral.
MASSACRE IN D.I.KHAN #KPK Hundreds of sparrows were killed by this man Sajid and his accomplices in kulachi,All in the name of hunting and party!This is not hunting but genocide!Is mass slaughter of any species in such large numbers ethical or sustainable?When questioned he pic.twitter.com/Zj03c9m5ZR
It has been confirmed that the D.I. Khan wildlife department has arrested Sajid for illegally hunting the sparrows. They have also imposed a fine of Rs 1.15k PKR on him.
justified it by claiming they were migratory birds.That highlights another issue in #pakistan where even protected migratory species are considered a free game just because they are not native!We hope kpk wildlife department will live up to their reputation and this evil man will pic.twitter.com/cBKrpsBzKE
People are happy after the local authorities took prompt action against Sajid. People like Sajid, kill animals in the name of hunting and party. When questioned, Sajid justified what he did by claiming the birds were migratory. However, it also doesn’t make any sense. Either it’s a local or migratory animal, there is no justification for this inhumane act.
SPARROW KILLER APPREHENDED!! D.I.Khan wildlife department arrested Sajid for illegally hunting hundreds of sparrows and imposed a fine of 115k PKR!We thank everyone for their help especially the DPO,DC and wildlife dept staff in D.I.khan for prompt action against this cruel man?? pic.twitter.com/1kzSPnP8FI
Like the ‘Save The Wild’ group, many organizations have been working to raise awareness about animal cruelty. People need to understand that animal abuse is not acceptable.
Recently, when Pakistan’s largest cities went into lockdown, hundreds of caged cats, dogs, and rabbits have been found dead inside pet markets. After a month of shutdown, people heard the cries of the pets from outside the shops.
As the virus pandemic grew, Pakistan’s major cities were plunged into lockdown, forcing many shops to close. Only stalls selling essential goods such as food and medicine were allowed to continue operating. Starving and locked in cages with no light or ventilation, the surviving pets were seen sat among the dead, trembling.
Representatives from animal rescue groups who spoke to Arab News said they had been inundated by calls from Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad by panicked residents talking about the haunting cries of caged animals without food or water.
Most of the shopkeepers said they had abandoned the pets because they were afraid of contracting COVID-10 from them.
The government needs to take action against this. Innocent animals have nothing to do with the ongoing pandemic and what so ever they also deserve to be taken care of during this crisis. Just because they aren’t human doesn’t mean that their lives aren’t precious.
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