Pakistan announces animal welfare reforms and bans animal testing
The reforms include tougher penalties for animal cruelty crimes. Violators now face a fine of Rs 15,000 ($73) and jail time. Citizens could report any acts of animal cruelty through an 1819 hotline in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
More importantly, testing and surgery on live animals has been banned in veterinary schools and industrial complexes in the federal capital under the Animal Welfare Act. A standard set of guidelines and regulations for pet markets would also be announced, Sufi said, adding that violators would be fined and their stores could be closed.
A global law will be tabled during the next session of parliament to be implemented at the national level.
• All testing on live animals is prohibited
• Report Animal Cruelty to 1819 in Islamabad
• Ban on shooting and poisoning animals
• Pet shop regulations and standards
• Rs. 5,000 to 15,000 as well as a prison sentence for perpetrators of animal cruelty.
PETA hails historic reforms in Pakistan
Shalin Gala, vice president of global animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), praised the country for introducing “historic reforms” that “will ban testing and surgeries on live animals. for veterinary education and will lead to a shift to sophisticated and humane methods.
In an official statement, Gala said PETA was pleased to share recommendations for improving veterinary education with the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit. The organization said it will work with the government on more critical reforms to biomedical research and training that will both save animal lives and benefit human patients.
PETA said it has sent urgent letters to Pakistani officials, calling for a ban on harmful and medically unnecessary veterinary exercises on animals.
The reforms were announced after widespread outrage in Pakistan over videos that went viral in May showing animals in extreme distress after being operated on by veterinary students. Protests have also been held in Islamabad by animal lovers and rescue organizations against brutal and inhumane surgeries on dogs at veterinary universities and demanding swift government action against unethical practices.