Yet another video of animal abuse emerges, making us wonder about the monstrous and sinister nature of the abuser. It seems every new day, humanity dies a little more. The famous TikTok star Mian Kashif Zameer is known to have a pet lion but little did we know how poorly he treats him, beating it, until we came across his recent video.
One can witness the act of animal cruelty perpetrated against a wild animal. Tiktokers lip-syncing to songs while they play with their pets is just the surface of the widely popular app. Beneath its surface, it is perpetuating atrocious animal abuse. As if Kashif Zameer did not already land in a pool of controversies previously, he has found himself in yet another one as a video of him beating his pet lion got viral.
Rampant abuse of animals is indeed a sad reflection on our society, especially when its greatest targets for causing misery are those who cannot fight back, those who have no voice to speak out against brutality.
Social media posts showing people abusing their animals, which often includes smacking, throwing, killing, or otherwise harming them, have gotten out of hand. Videos like these are extremely dangerous as they may normalize treating animals disrespectfully, and even physically abusing them. And for what? Merely for impressionable viewers?
Here is the video
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Unfortunately, by owning a license in Pakistan you can buy, sell or import lions and tigers and do whatever you want to do to them. There are many cases of abuse where lion cubs and tiger cubs are tortured by the owners. They declaw them, beat them, cage them, take their teeth out and later use them for breeding and then sell the cubs for money.
Lahore-based JFK Animal Rescue And Shelter once again urge the government to stop licensing wild animals to individuals privately.
Lions belong in their natural habitat, where they can live free lives and express their natural behavior. Even the stress of captivity in zoos takes an enormous toll on their health. Some misinformed individuals believe lions and tigers can be “tamed” enough to become a regular household companion like a cat or dog.
Twittersphere fumes with anger
Last week, JFK Animal Rescue and Shelter initiated an online petition to stop the exploitation of animals in circuses. In addition to this, it urged people to raise their voices for these animals.
Although the pandemic has halted their usage in political rallies, many people are seen torturing them for TikTok and videos. In fact, many times lions and cubs are also sedated and used as props.
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