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Offbeat Pakistan: farewell party for an mistreated elephant transferred to Cambodia

21:25  24 november  2020
21:25  24 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Officials and well -wishers gathered at Islamabad Zoo on Monday for a farewell party for Pakistan 's lonely elephant Kaavan before he sets off for a new life in Cambodia this week. After years of campaigning by animal rights advocates and pop star Cher to rescue him from grim conditions with no

Farewell ceremony for Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia , at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Officials and well -wishers gathered at Islamabad Zoo on Monday for a farewell party for Pakistan 's lonely elephant Kaavan before he

A farewell ceremony was organized in honor of Kaavan, this elephant mistreated for years at the Islamabad zoo. The animal will leave Pakistan by cargo plane to a wildlife reserve in Cambodia.

Pakistani fans of Kaavan, an elephant abused for years at the Islamabad zoo, held a farewell ceremony for him on Monday before his upcoming transfer to Cambodia , made possible by the mobilization of animal rights activists.

The fate of Kaavan, who arrived in Pakistan shortly after his birth in 1985 and became an obese pachyderm in chains for years, shed light on the state of the zoo in the Pakistani capital, so distressing that a judge has ordered in May that all animals be transferred.

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Officials and well -wishers gathered at Islamabad Zoo on Monday for a farewell party for Pakistan 's lonely elephant Kaavan before he sets off for a new life So we want to wish him a happy retirement," she said. Kaavan will be airlifted to Cambodia after training for weeks with international specialists

Officials and well -wishers gathered at Islamabad Zoo on Monday for a farewell party for Pakistan ’s lonely elephant Kaavan before he sets off for a Kaavan will be airlifted to Cambodia after training for weeks with international specialists armed with treats such as bananas to get him used to the small

Kaavan is due to leave on Sunday by cargo plane to a wildlife reserve in Cambodia, said Saleem Shaikh, a spokesman for the Pakistani climate change ministry.

  Pakistan: fête d'adieux pour un éléphant maltraité transféré au Cambodge © Provided by GEO

For weeks, the elephant remained under the supervision of a veterinarian and underwent special training to get used to the metal box in which it will travel.

Before his departure, a small farewell party, with local musical groups, balloons and garlands, was organized Monday at the Islamabad zoo by animal defenders .

"We want to wish him a happy retirement," said Marion Lombard, an official of the Austrian animal welfare group Four Paws International, who initiated the campaign to rescue Kaavan.

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Officials and well -wishers gathered at Islamabad Zoo yesterday for a farewell party for Pakistan ’s lonely elephant Kaavan before it sets off for a new Musicians pose with Kavaan during a farewell ceremony at Islamabad’s Marghazar Zoo yesterday, before it leaves for a sanctuary in Cambodia

In May, Pakistan ’s High Court ordered the Marghazar Zoo closed because of its abysmal conditions blamed on systemic negligence. Rescuing Kaavan from the zoo’s dire conditions attracted the attention of animal activists around the world, and celebrities including U.S. singer Cher, who lobbied for his

The administration of zoo has in the past denied that the animal was mistreated, believing that it was simply waiting to find a new companion, after the death of Saheli, killed by gangrene in 2012.

But experts Internationals observed a stereotypical behavior in Kaavan - he often just turns his head and trunk side to side for hours on end - which has raised questions about his sanity.

  Pakistan: fête d'adieux pour un éléphant maltraité transféré au Cambodge © Provided by GEO

Zoos across Pakistan are distinguished by poor facilities and poor animal care. In 2018, 30 of them had perished in the brand new zoo in Peshawar (northwest), including three rare baby snow leopards .

Animal rights are far from being a priority in Pakistan. Hundreds of exotic animals have been imported or bred there in recent years. So that rich Pakistanis can parade on social media with lions in their luxury $ 4Х-.

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