Ban on Shooting and Killing Stray Dogs in Islamabad

The Capital Development Authority has recently announced to place a ban on the shooting and killing of stray dogs in Islamabad.

On Monday, in Islamabad, the city managers decided to impose a ban on shooting stray dogs. The decision was taken in a meeting held at the Capital Development Authority (CDA) headquarters with Chief Commissioner and CDA Chairman, Amer Ali Ahmed, in the chair.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamza Shafqaat, CDA officers, representatives from non-profit organizations, and several pet lovers. “Shooting has been stopped forever,” Mr. Shafqaat stated, specifying that it has been decided that municipal by-laws will be amended to remove the clause stating elimination of dogs and there will be a ban on shooting stray dogs in Islamabad as well as country-wide.

The CDA along with Islamabad Capital Territory will work together with several animal welfare organizations to vaccinate stray dogs, once the ban on shooting stray dogs is implemented.

Currently, in municipal by-laws, the solution to get rid of these animals is the shooting of stray dogs and for which the civic agency has a special dog shooting wing. However, Mr. Ahmed further announced that the CDA has joined hands with non-profit organizations such as Rabies Free Pakistan, Animals Birth Control, and pet lovers to make Islamabad a rabies-free city by instating a ban on shooting stray dogs.

He said the shooting is not a solution to control the population of stray dogs, adding: “So, we decided to explore other options.” Advocate Owais Awan, who also attended the meeting, said: “Today’s meeting remained very positive as the shooting of stray dogs has been banned, it is good to see that the government is taking this issue seriously. After two weeks, another meeting will be held to chalk out a further strategy.”

There is a special unit in the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad that is trained to kill stray dogs in the most inhumane way possible. During the meeting, Sanitation Director Sardar Khan Zimri agreed that there should be no killing and the ban on shooting stray dogs is just. However, he said he had been receiving complaints from citizens about stray dogs in their respective areas and currently, there are 1,500 active complaints that his office received through Pakistan Citizen Portal.

Although he made sure to inform us that he has never given an order to kill or shoot stray dogs until extremely necessary and he fully supports the ban on shooting stray dogs.

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