Islamabad, July 19
A Pakistani courtroom has requested the federal government to relocate an elephant to a sanctuary in Cambodia after international animal rights teams launched a marketing campaign highlighting that the pachyderm was chained and mistreated in a small zoo right here.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued the order on Saturday following petitions by animal rights activists to take away the elephant, Kaavan, from a small zoo in Islamabad after it confirmed erratic behaviour.
Kaavan, the one elephant within the Pakistani capital, will probably be relocated to a 25,000-acre sanctuary in Cambodia that already homes elephants and is provided with specialists to have relocated and rehabilitated greater than 80 elephants to this point.
Animal rights activists all over the world campaigned for Kaavan’s launch, accusing Islamabad zookeepers of retaining him remoted, chained up, and never offering the massive animal with correct shelter and aid throughout sizzling summer season months.
Zoo officers have denied retaining Kaavan in chains and stated his misery was because of him pining for a brand new mate. His earlier one, Saheli, died in 2012.
The World Wide Fund for Nature which was a part of the marketing campaign hailed the choice.
Pakistan’s minister for local weather change Mian Aslam Amin stated the federal government would observe the choice of the courtroom however didn’t give any timeline to ship it to the brand new location.
Kaavan was gifted by Sri Lanka in 1985 and it was an incredible supply of attraction for youngsters in addition to adults within the zoo on the foothills of Margalla Hills.
Animal lovers had been pained after reviews surfaced that Kaavan was put in chains to keep away from any untoward state of affairs because the elephant was turning into aggressive at instances. PTI