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‘Hero’ the donkey versus Pakistan’s villains

How many more HEROs are out there? How many more have to suffer the same fate? How many more will it take for people to speak up and spring into action?

SARAH J.K: ‘Every time I think our morality and apathy has hit rock bottom, I am proven wrong by another heinous incident that brutally violates norms of human decency and shreds any form of animal welfare… On a personal level, I stop every donkey-wala in my neighbourhood, constantly educate my staff, friends and even strangers and get them to be kind to animals, whether it is a bird, a dog, a cat or a donkey. I even unwelcomingly start giving speeches to their family members or passers-by. But it seems all is lost.

The situation got even worse a couple of nights ago when a gentleman named Abdullah posted a donkey abuse case on Facebook. Almost instantly, it went viral, being shared on various profiles, pages and groups. The post with the heartbreaking pictures of the beautiful beast of burden bleeding profusely from his nose, eyes and other areas, just sat there haunting all of us at 2:30am… Sadly, this is not the first case I have heard of, seen or been involved with. It is just the first case that has gone viral… But this is Hero’s story.

At 2:30am, most of the ACF team, who works tirelessly all day, was asleep. After seeing Abdullah’s post, a senior ACF member posted all the details and location for the donkey on our rescue collaboration group and I reached out to Mr Muhammad Adeel from Innocent Pet Shelter (IPS) to appeal to him to somehow rescue this donkey on behalf of ACF and get him to safety. Within 10 minutes of receiving the information, Adeel raced his way to the donkey who was lying on the road just waiting to die. Laboured breathing, in agony and bleeding. His eyes lifeless and all hope lost.

We hired a van by some miracle at 3:00am, and Adeel waited by the donkey and helped load him into the van, all the while coordinating with the ACF rescue officer and night shelter manager. And finally they were on their way to safety… [But it was too late, and Hero later passed away]… How many more “Heros” are out there? How many more have to suffer the same fate? How many more will it take for people to speak up and spring into action? Not every abuse case is or can be viral, or gather as much media attention; in those cases, which is a lot, the animals suffer and die’. SOURCE…

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