Fakhra Afzal


Master of Science in Journalism

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Hammad Sarfraz, Lecturer, Centre for Excellence in Journalism

Project Type

MSJ Capstone

Abstract / Summary

This piece on animals is a journalistic work where on field situation and visits are recorded coupled with interviews from the sources. It must be noted that the animal lives in a deplorable state in Pakistan, so much so, that there are no fresh legislation since the country gained independence from Britishers in 1947.The same goes true for the state of animal hospitals. Richmond Crawford is the only government run hospital in the metropolis Karachi and the private hospitals are suitable for pet owners only, in a position to go an extra mile to spend money on their imported pets. The worst situation is for stray animals, especially the dogs, cats and donkeys. The dogs culling/killing is a known phenomenon justified by both Civil society and government alike. Animal shelters flag bearers of animal activism are also not in great numbers.

Moreover, religion is also used to employ cruelty on animals by misquoted and under-represented notions of the religion. By asking scholars, activists and school owners in the story it becomes evident that religion teaches mercy on these living creatures, activists often times go with the stride of hunting for foreign funding and a lack of general awareness on animal treatments is the core issue needs to be addressed on urgent basis. Lastly, proper veterinary training institutes and vet licenses also needs to be in proper check and order.

The piece is an effort to research and report objectively on the issues surrounding animals.