KARACHI : The Sindh Wildlife (SWL) Conservator Taj Muhammad Shaikh on Thursday known as for a probe into the alleged presence of a chained lion in cricketer Shahid Afridi’s residence after a video of the incident went viral.
Shaikh confirmed that the lion’s proprietor was one Hassan Hussain who additionally held the animal’s license, including “we will find out what the lion was doing in Afridi’s home.” The conservator mentioned that the investigation would begin after Eid.
In the meantime, Hussain, who owns the animal, mentioned he has the license together with a journey allow. “I even informed the SWL department before taking my lion to Afridi’s home,” he mentioned including that Afridi has his detractors who’re simply making an attempt to defame him.
Photographs of Afridi with the lion went viral on social media final week with the cricketer and his six-year-old daughter posing with the feline of their residence.
Virtually three years in the past Hussain purchased a South African seven-month-old lion cub in addition to a six-month-old lioness from Lahore for Rs1.5 million.
For the reason that cubs had been greater than six months previous after they had been bought, Hussain mentioned that they might not be tamed and he had to cage them on the roof of a buddies home.
Later, he mentioned that the couple gave start to two male lion cubs, considered one of which they introduced to their residence and named Simba. In accordance to Hussain, lions could be domesticated if they’re reared by their grasp from start. Since then Simba resides like a member of the family with them.
The license’s jurisdiction, he mentioned is just inside the limits of Karachi. Nonetheless, license department in-charge Rashid Agha informed The Specific Tribune that wild animals can solely be saved inside a zoo, as they solely challenge them permits.
The allow, he mentioned is issued after inspection by their crew.
The division points the licences as per the Sindh Wildlife Safety Ordinance, 1972 and Tips for the Acquisition and Administration of Felines (Cat Species) in Captivity from the Ministry of Local weather Change.
In accordance to paperwork, the rules have been developed with the aim to management unlawful commerce of huge cats and unjustified acquisition of animals for zoo displays, overlooking the upper goals of conservation and schooling.
The doc explains that wild felines can solely be housed at registered services.
People can not maintain wild felines at their properties, as they don’t contribute to schooling, analysis or conservation and this isn’t in step with the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and could be harmful.
Such an motion is liable to punishment beneath Part 289 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), 1860 and Part 133 (public nuisance) of the Code of Prison Process (CrPC), 1989.
The World Huge Fund for Nature (WWF) – Pakistan’s technical adviser, Uzma Khan, who has authored the rule doc, informed The Specific Tribune that though the rules have been authorized by the Ministry of Local weather Change and the provinces, they haven’t been made right into a regulation but as they haven’t been handed by the assemblies.
She mentioned that native authorities legal guidelines, nevertheless, clearly state that any animal that may trigger public nuisance can’t be introduced overtly into public locations and the related district commissioner’s officer or police station would have to take motion towards any such violation.
She defined that the wildlife act for unique species is extraordinarily weak. “If someone purchases an exotic species from a local breeder, the wildlife act wouldn’t be applicable on them,” she lamented including public determine like Afridi ought to maintain such legalities in thoughts.