Innocent Captives
Birds, the innocent captives of these cruel people are waiting to be set free, They have fallen pray to our ages old tradition of setting birds free to get blessings Of Allah. Often when we see these poor birds, suffering miserably trapped in a small cage and on the verge of dying, we feel pity and the first thought that comes to us is ” Lets at least set some of them free and earn some Sawaab” but we often don’t realize that by giving these people the ransom they demand, which is often rupees 10 to 15 per bird, we are actually encouraging them. If we unite together and stop supporting these heartless people they will be forced to stop the cruelty.

10 Comments so far

  1. Darthvader (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 2:12 am

    well ..not to sound too melodramatic and what not ..but “THESE” people who are trapping these birds dont have a lot going for them neither. i know two wrongs dont make a right but that’s just the kind of vicious circle our country is in . looking closely at the brilliant picture that you have taken , i feel more sorry for the lady with the baby in her lap than the birds. but thats just me .


  2. IllusionFS (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    I agree with Darthvader. In a country where no clean water is available for the majority of its population it will ironic to talk about animal rights. I dont understand how these ‘cruel people’ are any different from the people who sell expensive rare birds or other pet animals for that matter. Atleast these birds are not rare. In a city where so many have died because of non-availability of water, birds shouldn’t even be a concern.

  3. Adnan Mansoor (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    I emphatize with the views expressed by Darthvader n Illusion, yet there is more for the lady with a lil baby in her lap. This woman can be working in some home as a maid, or in some little home based cottage factory, as a worker. But by using birds in cage, she is only appealing to the public for financial support that is not her RIGHT!

    Just by seeing at the picture, I also feel depressed about the baby’s plight in her age of sheer innocense. As a society, we must help those who are downtrodden and needy through charity organisations like EDHI or local welfare societies.

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:30 am

    everyone and everythin has its rights.. be it humans, animals or birds.. the difference is, humans can speak out against injustice (well, theoretically atleast) but what about animals or birds? whos gonna look out for them? Its not like asking the govt to make nests for them or make schools to educate their young… its just letting them have their right to fly free in the skies.

    But then again.. thats my point of view..

  5. IllusionFS (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 11:16 am

    Can any of you guys tell me how this poor lady is any different from other pet dealers in the city/country and for that matter all over the world?


  6. IllusionFS (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    Another question that just popped up in my mind is that are you all vegeterians? If not, then its ironic that you chose to eat slaughtered animals when you cannot even see caged birds.

  7. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    If she was not selling birds she would be standing on a traffic signal begging. I hate seeing animals in such conditions but then in our country we are still fighting for basic human rights so birds will just have to wait their turn. The present need is to provide alternate work for such families who cannot leave their babies at home. I work for an international franchise but if I were to have another baby, I would have to think about resigning because there is no child support system, so this lady has zilch choice. My husband and I are trying to scrape together enough money to start a small business which will provide women jobs and a family friendly work place. I just hope I can do it soon. So guys think about it, every drop counts. All talk and no action is just a waste of time. Even if we support one child get educated, give one family monthly rations it could mean one less child on the road, in the carpet factory, in a workshop or on a camels back. I assure you buying rations for one poor family will cost less than one meal at Pizza Hut.

  8. yo yo (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 7:09 pm

    Telling this lady to do some otherwork instead of selling birds. Is like someone telling me not to use my car for the sake of enviorment. Which is impractical.

    Pakistan is fast becomming a country of importers. Creating enough jobs by producing our own goods is the only way forward.

  9. darthvader (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

    Mansoor: just to clarify , i didnt mean to imply that animals do not have any rights or they should be overlooked and i thought i conceded that point in my are right everyone and everything has their own rights . no one is advocating animal abuse. i was only pointing out that bird-trappers themsleves are just as much abused as the birds in the picture , hence the vicious cirlce.


  10. Jamash (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    You are right two wrongs cant make a right, these people can do many jobs there are plenty of things to do. Making birds captive to earn money is not the only option. On the other hand we must support charity foundations like EDHI so that poor people can survive.

    Also I am myself totally against selling hunting and eating rare birds and dangerous species, as far as parrots and not so rare birds are concerned it is also not a good thing to capture a free animal and deprive it of it’s freedom but at least we don’t make them suffer so badly and we take good care of them as pets but they way these birds are kept in small cages without any food and water is barbarism.

    In our country/city there are many issues worth talking about, maternity deaths, poor medical facilities, water, electricity, poor standards of education, child labor, women’s right, child Abuse (CSA) and freedom of expression are just some of them, to solve these issues an individual has to work for one issue at a time, I don’t think any one of these issues are any less important or more, every issue has to be solved and we can’t discuss all the issues at once.

    Thank you for your comments and keep them coming :).

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