Covid-19: Hundreds of abandoned animals die at Pakistan pet markets | Pakistan Today

Covid-19: Hundreds of abandoned animals die at Pakistan pet markets

As the virus pandemic grew, Pakistan’s major cities were plunged into lockdown, forcing many shops to close. Only stalls selling essential goods such as food and medicine were allowed to continue operating.

Pet shops hurriedly shuttered as Pakistan cities went into lockdown due to coronavirus.

It left pet shop owners blocked from their businesses, some resorting to sneaking in at night to feed the animals.

According to an article, caged cats, dogs and rabbits were found dead inside pet markets hurriedly closed as the disease spread.

Animals still alive in Karachi’s Empress Market were only rescued after activists appealed to the authorities for access.

According to the statement of Ayesha Chundrigar who runs ACF Animal Rescue: Two weeks into the shutdown, she could hear the cries of the pets from outside the shops, which together housed up to 1,000 animals.

She said: “When we got inside, the majority of them were dead, about 70 per cent. Their bodies were lying on the ground”.

It was so horrific, I cannot tell you.” Starving and locked in cages with no light or ventilation, the survivors sat among the dead, trembling.

In the eastern city of Lahore, animals met with a similar fate. The government should arrange a helper or let the animal rescuers take charge of atleast feeding caged animals at shops. Saving humans doesn’t mean killing innocent animals.

Ishraq Ashraf