Noor Jehan, a 17-year-old elephant held in captivity at Karachi zoo, along with three other elephants, has been living in captivity, performing for human entertainment for over 12 years. Noor Jehan has a variety of health issues, including arthritis, that have made her life painful. These conditions are likely caused by her captivity in circuses and zoos. Videos of her leaning against a tree and struggling to stand circulated on social media, drawing attention to her plight.
Four Paws Intervention and Noor Jehan’s Recovery
After an intervention by the Austrian animal welfare organization Four Paws, Noor Jehan has started to walk again. Experts conducted an ultrasound and discovered a large hematoma in her abdomen that was affecting her organs. The procedure helped identify various issues, and experts believe that a program of physical mobility training, medication, ultrasound checkups, and other measures are required for her full rehabilitation.
Animal Captivity for Entertainment and Its Detrimental Effects
Noor Jehan’s ordeal highlights the cruelty of keeping animals in captivity for entertainment purposes and the detrimental effects it can have on their physical and mental health. Like many other animals, Noor Jehan has spent most of her life in captivity, enduring cramped living conditions, poor nutrition, and constant stress and trauma. Her story serves as a reminder of the harm caused by keeping animals in captivity for entertainment and the importance of raising awareness about the issue.
Will Noor Jehan Survive?
According to an interview with Noor Jehan’s veterinarian, Dr. Amir Khalil, the elephant still faces a 50-50 chance of survival, emphasizing the need to end the exploitation of animals for human entertainment and advocate for their freedom and well-being. It is crucial to note that Noor Jehan is only 17, and elephants have an average lifespan of approximately 70 years.
Ending Animal Exploitation
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Noor Jehan’s progress on the road to recovery is a positive sign, but her story highlights the cruelty of keeping animals in captivity for entertainment and the urgent need to end their exploitation. The exploitation of animals for human entertainment is not only unethical but also unnecessary, as there are countless other forms of entertainment that do not involve the use of animals. With proper care and rehabilitation, animals like Noor Jehan can recover and thrive in their natural habitats, free from human exploitation and harm.
Noor Jehan’s story also raises the question of whether countries like Pakistan are even capable of operating zoos given the lack of funds and a deteriorating economy. Pakistan should either surrender its animals to international animal welfare organizations or address the issue and create laws for the protection and welfare of these animals.