An innocent donkey in Pakistan endured horrible abuse at the hands of political opponents on Monday. Social media users in the country were shocked at the torture the innocent donkey endured; the heartbreaking story was described on the Facebook page of the rescue organization Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF).
“With the upcoming elections looming upon us, no one is spared from the wrath of this time…not even the most helpless of animals. (June 25 election)
This is a hate crime. A donkey beaten to pulp, punched in the face and abdomen several times, nose broken, kicked all over his body until he collapsed, has rope marks and a car rammed into him….all of this to describe one political party as an “ass” by some hooligans as written on the poor donkey’s body.
We have blurred out the names on the donkey’s body as we will not involve ourselves in this mess. The rest is up to you all to decide.”
The donkey, now named Hero, has serious wounds all over his body. An old injury near his flank was an old abscess left untreated which burst when the animal collapsed. His nostrils and face had been bleeding – ripped apart from having been tortured just for politics.
Hero was discovered on Monday by a Good Samaritan who found the donkey on the ground trembling and in obvious pain. Animal advocates have been asking the rescue organization to identify the political party in order to demand an apology and condemn the deplorable conduct against an innocent animal.
On Tuesday morning, the group offered an update on Hero’s condition:
“We have named him Hero as it takes a true hero of the heart to stand quietly, collapse helplessly, and endure painfully as this donkey did.
Hero is very critical right now and under constant observation, IV fluids and treatment. He couldn’t even stand on his own, we had to lift him. He wants to eat but his mouth is full of wounds. He had severe respiratory issues, internal abdominal swelling due to the kicks and punches. He is still trembling. We are trying to help the trauma subside via rehabilitation methods to make him feel safe enough to trust us, hoping that will generate a will to live within him.”
Update: We have named him Hero as it takes a true hero of the heart to stand quietly, collapse helplessly, and endure painfully as this donkey did. Hero is very critical right now and under constant observation, IV fluids and treatment. He couldn’t even stand on his own, we had to lift him. He wants to eat but his mouth is full of wounds. He had severe respiratory issues, internal abdominal swelling due to the kicks and punches. He is still trembling. We are trying to help the trauma subside via rehabilitation methods to make him feel safe enough to trust us, hoping that will generate a will to live within him. For all those asking us to expose the culprits, we do not know as we found him in the middle of the night when the damage was already done. But we do know of his injuries and what torture he endured after medical examination. Also, do you all realise he is just one of the many who must have and is suffering this fate? Do you know how many Heroes are out there who we see on a regular basis, going through unbearable abuse? Just look outside your car windows. Why don’t you find out about them? And don’t blame the donkey owners. They are drowning in poverty themselves. No education. Living on less than minimum daily wages. No healthcare for their donkeys that are their only source of livelihood. Let alone any healthcare for them and their families. And no awareness on how to handle or care for equines. Bonded slave labour with women and children beaten and chained in brick kilns and coal mines across the country with donkeys collapsing under the weight of bricks. We can only blame ourselves for not bothering to teach them better. Or pay attention to this before. Do you know dogs are hanged by telephone wires on poles for laughs, dogs are dressed in human outfits, hung upside down, molested and tortured? Cats have boiling water thrown on them as a joke to see them writhe in pain. Dogs are boiled alive and exposed to the most horrific inhumane dog fights for money. Do you know donkeys are burnt at the belly and genitals to have their babies come out quicker and have nails inserted into their rear and mouth to keep them bleeding so they work more? Do you know cats have had their mouths sewn shut by barbed wire and thrown in garbage piles? Do you know that dogs and donkeys are skinned alive for meat and donkey hides? Do you know many of these heinous acts are done at the hands of children? Because it’s probably abuse the children themselves have endured or seen their whole lives. So the pattern repeats itself. Do you know this is just a tiny amount of the abuse we have seen in 5 years of starting animal welfare in this country? Did you know this is all happening right outside your homes? May we know where everyone else has been for the past 70 years or so of Pakistan’s existence? Did animals not exist before then? Did no one dare to care? If we did, we would have known all of this. People laugh at us for helping animals. We pity them for being so limited in their thinking to not realise that helping those less powerful than you, showing kindness and empathy is the root of any solid foundation of any socially aware, successful nation. Empathy, respect and compassion for the earth and all its inhabitants is a mandate that should be incorporated in every school, in every political manifesto, in every social dialogue, in every multinational or large or small corporations as compulsory if you want to create a better world for our future generations. However, people in power do not believe to even spend a rupee on animals, not realising they are reinforcing a vicious cycle of hate and intolerance instead of building a positive environment for growth, diversity and success. Education in every school, big or small needs an empathic component to its curriculum. The same goes for our general public. We need to start changing our ways. How do we ever expect the country to become better if we don’t start at the roots? We are a small group of people running this organisation. We need help. Help from you to raise your voices. Animals are not voiceless. They just speak a different language. It’s our job to listen. It’s our job to ensure they are heard rather than silenced and tormented. If we are “superior” to them as humans, then it’s our duty to help them. Start with your own neighbourhood. As a wise man once said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. It starts with YOU. Don’t let another Hero become a fallen hero. RISE. SPEAK. HELP.#HelpingHeroHeal #HelpingHero #HeroKaPakistan #helpHerohelpPakistan #JusticeForHero #BeAHeroforHero
Posted by ACF Animal Rescue on Monday, July 16, 2018
Animal cruelty laws in Pakistan were updated this year to ensure stricter punishments for the protection of animals. Somehow the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has gone unheeded during this contentious election.
Get well soon Hero.
(Photos and video of Hero the donkey via Facebook)
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