Apathy towards animal rights in Pakistan: What needs to be done

Apathy towards animal rights in Pakistan: What needs to be done

Publication details

  • Friday | 29 Oct, 2021
  • Ayesha Ilyas, Mahrukh Qazilbash
  • Research Reports,Project Publications
  • 11
Download File


Culling is a common practice in developing countries to manage the ever-growing population of stray dogs and reduce the chances of rabies’ spread as a result of dogbite. Every year municipal authorities poison or shoot thousands of stray dogs across the country which mainly sustain on garbage dumps and food surpluses of eateries. They are either culled for carrying diseases or fear of biting humans. Despite, there is no end to the ‘problem’; the dogs population keeps on increasing and their aggression towards pedestrians is becoming harsh. At least one million dog bite cases take place in Pakistan every year (Ahmed 2020) of which 2,000- 5,000 cases are believed to be of rabies (Jamal 2021).

In the first 10 months of 2020, the number of dog bite cases reported alone in Sindh was 0.15 million (150,000 dog bite cases 2020). During the same period, 116,000 stray dogs were killed (Umair 2020). The Indus Hospital, Karachi claims that 40 to 50 per cent dog-bite victims, who are brought there for treatment are of under 15. The victims may have been subjected to the animals’ aggression because of their history of abuse and hunger. In Pakistani society, animals and dogs are usually subject to public hatred under the false pretext of being declared ‘unclean’ in the religious scriptures (Ilyas 2020).......