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Pitiful state: Antelope at Karachi’s DC office moved to zoo

Social media user had posted about it in January

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 6, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Posted: Aug 6, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

Photo: Twitter/ Zaed Bin Salman

An Indian gazelle which had been kept at the office of District Central Deputy Commissioner has been moved to a zoo in Karachi.

A social media user had posted a picture of the lonely Indian gazelle in its cage at the DC office on January 25. “A Chinkara aka Indian gazelle was not only chained but was in a pitiful state,” the user said.

Taking action after seven months, Central DC Taha Saleem said that the antelope has now been “properly shifted” to the zoo with “better space and liveability.”

An official working at the Karachi Zoological Gardens told SAMAA Digital that the animal has not been moved to the zoo in Garden.

He, however, condemned the way the antelope had been kept at DC office. “They had chained the poor animal which is criminal.” He shared that antelopes should be allowed to roam freely.

Deputy Commissioner Taha Saleem shared that the animal has been moved to the Taleemi Bagh zoo. It will be kept in a cage and no rope will be tied around its neck.

He told SAMAA Digital that someone had tied the gazelle at the office in January 2021. We want to move it to the zoo but we were afraid that someone would come forward to claim it, he shared.

Saleem has been appointed DC recently. His appointment was confirmed at the end of July. He remarked that since he has recently joined he doesn’t know any more details of the antelope.

There are many small and big zoos in the city and they include Landhi-Korangi zoo, New Karachi zoo, Waseem Bagh, Jamshed Town, Safari Park, and Nasir Hussain Shaheed Park. It has yet to be confirmed at which zoo has the gazelle been moved.

Criminal treatment of animals

On February 11, A man filed a constitutional petition in the Sindh High Court over the “criminal treatment” of animals at the Karachi zoo.

Related: Watch: It’s a lonely Eid for animals at Karachi Zoo

Notices were issued to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, which runs the zoo, Sindh Wildlife Department, and zoo administration during the hearing on Wednesday.

Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar asked how many animals are there at the zoo and what steps have been taken by the administration to provide sufficient facilities for them.

The constitutional petition, filed by animal activist Yahya Ahmed, said that the “condition of animals being kept at the zoo was alarming and the lives of the creatures were at risk”. It argued that hygiene, food requirements, and health conditions of the animals were being “severely neglected” and they were being kept in small cages.

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