Going as soon as, going twice… Pakistan lions up for public sale

Going as soon as, going twice… Pakistan lions up for public sale

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A Pakistan zoo is auctioning off a dozen lions to non-public collectors subsequent week to unlock house for a delight that will not cease rising.

Lahore Safari Zoo now has so many massive cats that their lions and tigers should take it in turns to entry the paddocks, mentioned Tanvir Ahmed Janjua, the zoo’s deputy director.

“Not solely will we unlock more room right here, however our bills for meat to feed them may even lower,” he instructed AFP.

The zoo is at the moment residence to 29 lions, and officers plan an public sale on August 11 to promote 12 of them, aged between two and 5 years previous.

There are additionally six resident tigers and two jaguars.

Conservationists are against the sale, with the environmental group WWF saying the creatures must be moved to different established zoos, or breeding females sterilised or given contraceptives.

“Animal exchanges and donations between zoos are a extensively accepted follow,” the organisation’s Uzma Khan instructed AFP.

“As soon as an establishment similar to a zoo locations a price ticket on a wildlife species it’s selling commerce — which is counterproductive to conservation,” she added.

Retaining lions, tigers and different unique wildlife as pets shouldn’t be unusual in Pakistan, and is seen as a standing image.

Rich house owners submit photographs and video clips of their massive cats on social media, and lease them out as props for films and photoshoots.

Zoo officers have set a reserve of 150,000 Pakistan rupees ($700) per cat, however hope every will fetch round two million rupees.

Not simply anybody can participate within the public sale, nonetheless.

Janjua mentioned patrons should be registered with provincial authorities and present they’ve the means to supply correct care and shelter for the creatures.

Zoo veterinary officer Muhammad Rizwan Khan instructed AFP an preliminary try final 12 months to public sale lions fell by means of as potential patrons lacked the required documentation or licences.

Nouman Hassan, who fell foul of authorities up to now when he was filmed strolling his pet tiger on a leash in Lahore, plans to participate.

“I’ll attempt to purchase two to a few lions for certain,” he instructed AFP, including the public sale was a great way to diversify the gene pool for personal collectors who already owned a giant cat.

With little laws to safeguard animal welfare, zoos throughout Pakistan are infamous for his or her poor services, however the Lahore Safari Zoo is taken into account the most effective, set over 200 acres.

In April 2020 a courtroom ordered the one zoo within the nation’s capital to close after poor services and mistreatment of the animals there have been revealed.

The power had drawn worldwide condemnation for its remedy of an Asian elephant named Kaavan, who was later airlifted to retirement in Cambodia in a jumbo challenge spearheaded by US popstar and actress Cher.

Veterinarian Khan mentioned the animals at Lahore Safari Zoo had been being given the absolute best care — one thing mirrored of their fecundity.

“They’re experiencing life in captivity with us,” he mentioned.

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