Sad entertainment?

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.

9 Comments so far

  1. Naresh Kadyan, Representative of OIPA in India / Chairman, PFA Haryana (unregistered) on February 27th, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    These performing bear should be rescued and offenders be punished, shame…..shame Pakistan.

  2. hashriani on February 27th, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    This is a universal problem both in India and Pakistan, so I don’t think your “shame shame Pakistan” comment was as justified as you probably saying that you support the cause i.e the rescue of these poor animals.

  3. Naresh Kadyan, Representative of OIPA in India / Chairman, PFA Haryana (unregistered) on February 27th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    OK, I do agree with you and I am not against any country or community…..I mean to say shame to cruel practice in Pakistan. There is a legislation, law and order position in India, we have rescued and released all captive dancing bears, now working on dancing monkey but in Pakistan, just opposite to India -

  4. hashriani on February 27th, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    I think we as Pakistani citizens also feel the pain, and lot’s is being done in this field, it just needs to be fine tuned a notch more. But yes, I appreciate what you people have done in this department and I commend you on your effort :).

  5. Kate (unregistered) on February 27th, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    This is a sad, sad practice indeed. However, there is hope. In India, just a few months ago, the very last dancing bears in that country were rescued by a group called Wildlife SOS. Check it out here

  6. Naresh Kadyan, Representative of OIPA in India / Chairman, PFA Haryana (unregistered) on February 27th, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    Yes, its true but all accused are free, no legal action has been taken against them by the Wildlife authorities nor wildlife sos lodged any complaint yet. Five wild animals were banned in 1998 – lion, tiger, panther, bear and monkey. People for Animals (PFA) Haryana played a key role to motivate / rescue said ban species from the circus / captivities from Kalandars, then I introduced a scheme and compelled all Kalandars to surrender their dancing bear during 1998-2000. A Rastriya Kalandars Samaj Kalyan Panchyat was registered under my chairman ship, Mrs. Geeta Seshmani was the one of the trustee.
    In fact some performing bear left India for Nepal, so called owners were paid cash by the wildlife sos under rehabilitation cover, later these Kalandars again moving on roads with performing monkeys, these dancing monkeys needs attention now.

  7. Sheeraz (unregistered) on February 28th, 2010 @ 12:29 am

    That’s a shameful practice that needs to be banned immediately. Government can and should provide alternative means of living to these poor folks.

  8. DuFFeR - ڈفر (unregistered) on March 1st, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    why dont people grow up?
    btw how many times you have posted for human rights?

  9. Kaami (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2010 @ 1:12 am

    @hashriani, have great regard for you and, hate to be sarcastic on this but I cant help myself

    Dancing bear show is pathetic, Yes we should ban it but, is that the solution or even the right thing to do? Who are the folks responsible for these despicable practices? And why are they dong it?

    As far as I know, the age old gypsy community is responsible. The irony is the same gypsy community is itself an endangered species, suffering from persecution / discrimination from India to Europe, they are a dyeing breed. In Pakistan, the solution is simple, just count the roaming gypsy tribes (what’s left of them) and work for their uplift and give those who indulge in these practices better alternatives to earn their living. Simple aye?

    Sadly, the world as it stands today has no room for border less wonderers and will not be amused by out of date practices. Our standards have changed; we would rather enjoy humans paraded naked and buzzed with electricity then a boring bear being pulled by its nostrils.

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