In ancient Greece, the term ‘dog’ symbolized immorality. The past was insensitive to animal rights, just as the incumbent postmodern world is; this includes many countries and cultures that are now notable for their love of animals and their advocacy for animal rights.
Despite many advances – both scientific and technological – many strands of human society remain stagnant. In unexaggerated instances, societies are instead regressing, and some may feel it essential to enlist Pakistan as an example.
This country is currently peaking in its abuse of animals. The government and citizens have cumulatively killed over 50,000 animals annually, with minimal ramifications owing to the lack of legal protection for animals. Dogs are often subject to sadistic torture: poisoned with their legs tied together, or shot once, so they bleed to death, amongst other acts of hatred and inhumanity.
The rate of culling is much higher than the threat posed by dogs. “Culling by definition is … the killing of selective animals to manage the wildlife population,” animal rights worker Ayesha Chundrigar told SAMAA News. “But, what happens in Pakistan is not even culling; it’s purely killing.”
Quite recently, the ACF (Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation) released dogs into the empty plots of DHA Phase 8, Karachi after vaccination and sterilisation to ensure that they would not pose any threat to humans in the area. A worker from ACF, Yasmin Ali Zaidi, however in early July, took to social media to share the unfortunate news that the dogs that she had fed, despite being passive and friendly, were brutally murdered via rat poison by a heartless individual. Some were even skinned alive in a crime against all living creatures.
Why does Pakistan stigmatise stray dogs ?
Why do the nation’s citizens deem it necessary to employ sadistic acts of violence?
Why do innocent animals fall prey to apathetic actions?
This is yet another example of the massive disconnect between moral crimes and those defined in Pakistan’s justice system.
Culling is easily avoidable through vaccinations, yet Pakistan prefers torture. Even if the ultimate goal is to reduce or even eradicate the stray dog population, the achievement of this may be through human methods such as spaying or sterilization so that the stray dog population can be kindly curtailed within manageable numbers. However, despite such alternatives being available, some people derive sadistic pleasure in the cruel killing of said animals. Incidents like the one mentioned above just merely serve to show that when it comes to stray dogs, people just over exaggerate their threat to society to justify the crimes committed against them, and get their fill of vile pleasure. Is this not a clear indication of failure to realize the real issue? The real focus should be on those with sadistic intent – whether that be the government or the populace.
Why does Pakistan continually overlook the regular – albeit merciless – mass-murders of innocent animals?
Dogs are innocent creatures that deserve nothing shy of empathy and generosity. These ruthless murders create unnecessary chaos and wrongfully demonize innocent beings. Dogs are rarely the aggressors in cases of violence. Even if a dog does attack a human and thus needs ‘putting down’, such a precedent does not justify the mass murder and torture of literal hundreds and thousands of dogs.
So why is ‘Kutta’ a derogatory address? Why make it a slur when it is the people that are the aggressors?