Every year on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha, a huge number of animals are transported to the provincial capital from far away areas of the Punjab. This long distance transportation does not occur under any regulation and hence badly disobeys animal rights. Animals are overloaded on the vehicles and non stop transportation is practiced usually without feeding and watering during traveling. The worst situation is seen when these animals are loaded and unloaded from the vehicles. The long distance transportation puts extreme stress to these animals. After reaching to their destination, these animals are not provided with proper care and management usually due to the lack of proper facilities and unawareness. Stress of transportation and extreme weather conditions causes many diseases in the animals. One of the major problems that appear in these animals is lameness. Most of the animals are suffering from lameness due to severe arthritis which is extremely painful conditions for these animals. Instead of removing the cause of arthritis with proper veterinary treatment, people tend to use local anesthetic agents for de-sensitizing the animals for sometime in order to sell them. They don’t realize that the animals will again feel pain (after gaining the senses when the affect of anesthetics is finished), until they are treated properly. This is usually due to unawareness and financial problems. This is an alarming condition for the animal welfare NGO’s in Pakistan. Taking notice of these circumstances, Vets Care Organization Pakistan (VCO) has been arranging free veterinary treatment camps at different localities of Lahore on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha regularly every year since 2001. Likewise previous years, Vets Care Organization Pakistan and Vets Care Club of University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Lahore organized a four days Free Veterinary Treatment Camp at Bakkar Mandi Lahore on November 22-26, 2009. About 92 veterinary doctors and veterinary students provided their technical services to the animals from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily during this camp. According to the official records, 1526 animals were clinically approached and provided with the free technical services and medicines in Bakkar Mandi Lahore. The camp was visited by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nawaz (Vice Chancellor UVAS) on various days during the five days camp. The visitors were briefed about the aims and objectives of the camp. They observed the work and appreciated the volunteers, working for this noble cause. VCO is thankful to Star Laboratories (Pvt) Ltd, Symans Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd, Selmore Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd, Sana Laboratories (Pvt) Ltd, Marush (Pvt) Ltd, Zaidi’s International, Medi-Vet (Pvt) Ltd, Prix Pharmaceuticals, Eterna International (Pvt) Ltd and Pakistan Medicos for providing medicines for this free veterinary treatment camp. VCO is also thankful to the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore for providing transport facility to the camp participants. We are also thankful to the visitors for encouraging the volunteers. Special thanks to the whole team of our Medicine Bank, who worked day and night to make this camp possible. Last but not the least, VCO extends its heartiest gratitude to all those volunteers who participated in the camp and provided their technicalities for this noble cause.
Along with providing free treatment, we have been making the people aware of the animal’s rights and urging them to realize the importance of animals and consider them as santient living beings. Over the years, things are now changing and people are becoming more aware of needs of animals. That’s why, this year there were relatively less number of sick animals as compared to previous years. People were a little bit more caring for their animals. However, it is just a beginning and we have to do much more. Vets Care Organization Pakistan commits to continue its efforts to make Pakistan an ideal friendly and cruelty free environment for animals where humans respect all earthlings.