KARACHI: An animal rights activist, who recently shed light on the plight of four elephants held in Karachi Zoological Gardens and Safari Park, feared for her life for raising the issue and turned to police for get his protection.

Filmmaker Mahera Omar, co-founder of the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), tweeted from Paws Handle on December 7: Going to the zoo ‘. It had to happen. Months after we filed a petition with the Sindh High Court for an independent medical assessment of the Karachi elephants, my life is in danger.

“The goons probably saw me at the zoo with the @fourpawsint vet team and now I’m their target. I fear for my family and for my own life. I ask President @ArifAlvi, my local elected representative in the National Assembly, and @BBhuttoZardari to look into the matter, ”read another tweet.

Speaking to Dawn on Wednesday, Omar said she approached the Gizri Police Station SHO and the Defense Housing Authority neighborhood police and that they had stepped up “security” in her area.

She said SHO asked her to submit a written request so that an FIR can be filed and appropriate legal proceedings can be initiated.

Ms Mahera said that a few months ago, Paws filed a petition with CHS calling attention to the plight of elephants at the zoo and safari park. It was considered that a proper control of the elephants should be carried out by the veterinarians who had experience in the treatment of elephants and eventually a team of vets arrived and carried out the control of the elephants.

Ms Omar recalled an incident in which strangers in cars came to her neighborhood on December 5 and asked the guard where she was. She said she felt “insecure” and feared for her life after this incident.

“I live in fear… it was very difficult to help the animals. And if anyone tries to draw attention to the plight of animals, they have to face the consequences, ”she said.

Posted in Dawn, December 9, 2021