Going once, going twice… Pakistan lions up for auction

Going once, going twice… Pakistan lions up for auction

In this picture taken, Aug. 3, visitors look at lions at the Lahore Safari Zoo in Lahore. AFP-Yonhap

Pakistan’s zoo will auction 10 lions to private collectors next week to make room for the pride that never stops growing.

Lahore Safari Zoo now has so many big cats that lions and tigers have to take turns in the paddock, said Tanvir Ahmed Janjua, deputy director of the zoo. I’m here.

“Not only will we have more space here, but we will also spend less on the meat to feed them,” he told AFP. We plan to sell 12 lions, ages 2-5, at the August 11th auction.
Six tigers and his two jaguars also live.

In this picture taken on Aug, 3, lions are seen at their enclosure at the Lahore Safari Zoo in Lahore. AFP-Yonhap

Conservationists oppose the sale. The environmental group WWF requires that animals be taken to other established zoos, that female animals be sterilized, or given contraceptives.

“The exchange and donation of animals between zoos is a widely accepted practice,” the organization’s Uzma Khan told AFP.

“When institutions like zoos put price tags on wild animal species, it encourages trade.This is counterproductive for conservation,” she added.

In Pakistan it is not uncommon to keep lions, tigers and other exotic wild animals as pets and they are considered symbols of status her.

The wealthy owner posts photos and video clips of her big cat on her social media and rents them out as props for movies and photo shoots. Zoo officials at have set a reserve of 150,000 Pakistani rupees (US$700) per cat, but hope each cat can earn around 2 million rupees.
However, not everyone can participate in the auction.

Janjua said buyers must register with state authorities and demonstrate that they have the means to properly care for and house the creatures. Muhammad Rizwan Khan, a veterinary officer at Zoo, told AFP that the first attempt to auction the lion last year failed because potential buyers did not have the necessary paperwork and licenses. rice field.

Nouman Hassan, who has defied authorities in the past after being filmed walking with a pet tiger on a leash in Lahore, will attend.

“I would definitely try to buy two to three lions,” he told AFP, adding that the auction was a good way to diversify the gene pool of private collectors who already had big cats. added that.

In this picture taken on Aug, 3, lions are seen at their enclosure at the Lahore Safari Zoo in Lahore. AFP-Yonhap

Zoos across Pakistan are notorious for their poor facilities, with few animal welfare laws in place, but the over 200-hectare Lahore Safari Zoo is considered one of the best.

In April 2020, a court ordered the closure of the capital’s only zoo after poor facilities and cruelty to animals were exposed.

The facility drew international condemnation for treating an Asian elephant named Kavan who was flown to Cambodia for retirement in the Jumbo Project, led by US pop star and actress Cher.
Vet Khan said the animals at the Lahore Safari Zoo are receiving the best care possible.
“You will experience a good life in captivity with us,” he said. (AFP)

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