26th August 21, marked a very important day as the first step of working together for a great cause.
A “Human & Animal Relationship” seminar was held in “Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries”, organised by Ms. Nabila Intisar, Convener Standing Committee on Animal HealthCare & Rights, LCCI. She is also the CEO of Waleed Tech.
Madam Nabila kindly acknowledged our work for animal welfare & invited us to be a part of this very important seminar, where the Animal Welfare organisations shared an open platform with Human resources organisations.
We exchanged our views and experiences to share our thoughts on animal rights and advocacy.
Sardar Hasnain Bahadar Dreshak, Minister Livestock (LDD&D ) was invited to be the Chief Guest and as always he attended with grace by lending his support to the cause of improving conditions of animal welfare in Punjab.
The guest speakers included a great mix of heads of different Government & Private organisations.
Talking about the importance of merging human and animal welfare to achieve a more peaceful coexistence.
The respected Professor, Dr. Masood Rabbani, Dean UVAS and Honarary Secretary SPCA , was one of the main speakers.
Rabbani opened with a detailed presentation of the work he has been doing to develope the new Dog Policy for Punjab. While sharing the work him and his team have been doing in the field of animal welfare.
He has been working tirelessly and has been recognised for his contributions for service to animal health & welfare.
Ms Kiran Saleem, Deputy Director Lahore Zoo, is known for her dedication & hard work with the captive animals & inhabitants of Lahore Zoo. It’s a notable mention of her service to the Zoo animals in the first wave of Covid. The animals were very well looked after then and till now.
She talked about what challenges Lahore Zoo was facing, while presenting some solid ideas as solutions to improve the Zoo conditions. She also talked about the breeding of the Zoo animals, asking for strict laws to be implemented to avoid over breeding within the zoo animals asking for a long term plan to tackle the issue of animals in the Zoo.
Dr.Uzma Khan from WWF stressed on the importance of improving the existing conditions of Wildlife which are not up to the mark at all. If we improved out wildlife conservation this could even be a useful source of income because of the variety of wildlife which is indigenous to Pakistan. And protecting the wildlife would in turn help benefit animal welfare.
She also highlighted the importance of focusing on better living conditions of solitary animals like LEOPARDS being confined to small spaces suffering from over exposure and mental turmoil which result in sick animals with low rate of reproducing. She said that it was extremely important to keep in mind the welfare of captive animals.
Another admirable speaker was Ms. Lubna Shakoh founder & CEO of Hope Uplift Foundation, who has earned a great name & recognition for serving humanity.
With her various human welfare projects like running orphanges, welfare homes for mother and child, food stations for the poor, empowering widowed mothers earn a decent living by teaching them skills to be independent earners with help of workshops and training courses for free or at minimum rates.