In a country where human rights are blatantly ignored, there’s not much heed paid to animal rights. But today I was forced to right this post. I heard the sound of bagpipes playing somewhere in the street so I thought there was some “baraat”. Yes I know it’s a holy day but that’s what I thought. But when I went out, there was a “bear show” caravan on it’s way. People were paying the madari to watch the bear “dance’. Now to some it may be very entertaining to see an animal dance. But most people don’t know what goes on behind drawn curtains.
“The bear show in I-8/3, Islamabad”
Taken from the PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) :-
“No animal should have to endure this type of abuse. Never patronize roadside bear shows, and when traveling in India and Pakistan, if you see tourists encouraging such a show, speak to them about the cruelty. If you see someone forcing a bear to “dance,” report the incident to the closest police station.
Even though it is illegal to capture bears in both India and Pakistan, more than 1,600 sloth bears are being forced to “dance” by madaris—the people who capture and keep the bears. Bear cubs—who are barely 1 year old—squeal in agony as red-hot needles are jabbed through their noses and thick ropes are forced through the throbbing wounds. When the ropes are tugged, the bears lift their legs and “dance.” Most of their teeth are pulled out, and they are forced to perform for up to 12 hours a day. Bears are “trained” to dance through a regime of pain and starvation. Many cubs die before the training begins because of the stress of capture, the terrible transportation conditions, starvation, dehydration, and rough handling. Although bears used in these acts would live up to 30 years in the wild, they rarely live more than eight years in captivity.”
Go to the website mentioned above and see a video of what is done to these poor animals, also there’s a petition there for you to sign to do something about it.