Constitutional Guru Raza Rabbani also expert in elephant’s psychology

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Kaavan’s chaining remains hot topic in Senate

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—The Senate session meant for threadbare discussion on budgetary proposals for the next year though prorogued on Friday but one of the hot topics that remained on the house’s agenda alongside the budget discussion was the chaining and long solitary confinement of Marghzar Zoo elephant.
The issue of the elephant named Kaavan was first raised by PTI Senator Samina Abid in the Senate on Tuesday who drew attention towards the deplorable conditions the elephant was being kept at the zoo. She was of the view that the elected representatives should also talk about the rights of animals and demanded release of the elephant from chains.
The matter touched the heart of the chair so much that he referred the matter to the cabinet committee.
On Friday again, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq while rising on a point of order expressed pleasure over the unchaining of Kaavan by the Zoo authorities.
On this Chairman Raza Rabbani said the proposal of bringing a mate for Kaavan at this point and time will not be suitable saying the elephant is currently psychological affected and bringing any mate for him will have adverse effect on Kaavan. He said a foreign organization has also offered to transport the elephant to Srilanka as the condition of the animal is not suitable to be kept in the zoo. He said the cabinet committee should look into the matter about the arrangements being made for bringing a mate for Kaavan. Kaavan had been kept in solitary confinement and chained around his legs since his long-term companion – a female elephant gifted by the government of Bangladesh to Pakistan – died in May 2012. The elephant became depressed after the death of its companion and the zoo management chained all his four legs instead of thinking on other better options.
According to the zoo caretakers, Kaavan has been properly taken care of and that a female mate for him would be brought in the zoo on July 01. Hundreds and thousands of animal lovers from across the world had signed an online petition demanding the Capital Development Authority to unchain and free Kaavan.

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