MONSTROUS ZOO called Marghazar

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Address: azad kasim? Pir Sohawa Rd? Islamabad 54000, Pakistan
Phone: +92 51 9205644
The fastest way to ensure an abused animal’s suffering continues is to witness it and do nothing. This is a story of someone who did the opposite.

Last month, Samar Khan was on vacation in Pakistan when she stopped for a visit at the Murghazar Zoo, in the capital city of Islamabad — but the cheery outing was soon drained of any joy. There, Khan encountered one of the world’s saddest animal captives, a male elephant named Kaavan, whose torturous existence was too much for Khan to overlook.

YouTube/Junoon Extra“I was astonished and sad to see the elephant was standing at one place throughout the time (I spent almost 45 minutes in the zoo) and his legs were all chained up,” Khan later wrote. “He was moving his head from left to right continuously and not once I saw that he stopped … the first thought that came to my mind was that he was drugged. He kept standing at the same place without moving a leg. The only thing that was moving in his body was his head, from left to right … it was a pitiful sight.”

Facebook/Unchain Kaavan the ElephantWhat Khan witnessed that day on her brief visit was just the latest scene from the elephant’s long, tragic life. Kaavan had been sent to the zoo from Bangladesh three decades earlier, when he was just a calf. Since then, he’s spent most of his life shackled in an enclosure by himself, exhibiting tell-tale signs of psychological torment.

Every year, the zoo attracts around a million visitors, most of whom likely pass Kaavan’s enclosure and carry on their way. Khan, on the other hand, was spurred into action.

Once back home in California, she launched a petition on informing others of what she’d seen and calling on them to help bring about a better life for Kaavan— and the response was overwhelming. In a matter of days, more than 30,000 people from around the world had added their names to the petition.

From Khan’s single voice, a multitude’s joined the call. Together their voices were too loud to ignore.

Facebook/Unchain Kaavan the ElephantIn light of Khan’s petition, Islamabad’s government entity overseeing the zoo, the Capital Development Authority, held a meeting that will give Kaavan no small level of relief from his suffering. Officials announced that the lonely elephant will be freed from his shackles, according to The Express Tribune.

“The chairman has strictly directed to remove all chains at earliest,” Sheikh Suleman, director-general of the environment, told the paper. “Chairman has ordered the zoo management to follow standard and international protocols defined for the captive animals.”

Facebook/Unchain Kaavan the ElephantUnless his handlers fail to comply with the orders, Kaavan’s quality of life will soon be greatly improved — but true freedom is still out of reach. While Khan’s petition proves that a grassroots effort can help bring about change, it has yet to secure what the captive elephant needs most: to be relocated to a place where he can live in peace.

“Please speak up for Kaavan!” Khan urges. “Put pressure on the authorities to phase out their elephant exhibit and send Kaavan to an elephant sanctuary abroad!”


If you wear leather look what you support…….

Leather: Hell for Animals and Children in Bangladesh

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Singer and animal rights activist Leona Lewis narrates a shocking PETA video exposé of Bangladesh’s billion-dollar leather industry, which reveals who really pays the highest price for “affordable” leather: animals and workers, including children.

Long and Agonizing Transports

Every year, an estimated 2 million cows from India are bound, thrown onto trucks, and transported thousands of miles to Bangladesh in order to circumvent Indian slaughter bans. Video footage reveals that many cows were emaciated, exhausted, and so malnourished that they couldn’t stand up by the time they arrived. They suffered from broken tails and open, festering wounds. The eyewitness did not see any veterinary care given to the animals.




Skinned Alive and Slaughtered

Cows and goats are often illegally slaughtered for their skins on the streets of Bangladesh at night, and the animals are forced to watch others’ throats being cut with a knife. In official slaughterhouses, workers bind their legs and slit their throats—all while they’re still conscious. As seen in the video footage, cows are sometimes still alive and kicking as their skin is ripped off their bodies.




Dangers to Workers

Workers, including children, were documented performing hazardous tasks such as soaking hides in toxic chemicals and using knives to cut the skins, which are then used to make hand bags, shoes, and other leather products that are sold around the world. Children even operate machinery. The unprotected workers stand barefoot in cancer-causing chemicals and use acids that can cause chronic skin diseases. An estimated 90 percent of these tannery workers die before the age of 50.



Poisonous Leather

The eyewitness visited several businesses in an area of Dhaka that has more than 150 tanneries but not a single sewage plant. Toxic chemical substances are instead dumped into the nearby river, killing animals in and near the water and causing a threat to public health.




You Can Help Animals and Children!

No matter where it comes from—Bangladesh, China, India, or even the U.S.—leather is the product of a cruel industry. Leona wants you to know the facts and pledge never to wear animal skins again. Your pledge will let designers, retailers, and others who profit off cruelty know that animal skins belong on animals, not in your closet.

Take the Pledge to Be Leather-Free!

Fight cruelty to animals by pledging never to wear or buy leather. Learn more about the cruel leather industry and make a conscious choice to practice compassion and spare animals’ lives.

Places that sell and trade and keep this horrific industry running



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