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LHC admits petition on PML-N rare tiger's death

May 09, 2013

— Photo by DawnNews
— Photo by DawnNews

LAHORE:  Animal rights activist and actor Faryal Gauhar has filed a petition in Lahore High Court against the Pakistan Muslim Lesgue-Nawaz (PML-N)  for the death of a rare tiger which they brought to many of their rallies. 

The high court has admitted the petition for hearing on May 14.

Rare tigers and lions are a constant feature at PML-N political rallies until yesterday when a rare white tiger died of extreme heat and suffocation.

The death of the tiger has created a huge uproar in the country with animal rights activists calling for the registration of the case against PML-N leaders.

Sources confirmed to Dawn.com that the rare tiger was brought unconscious to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore on Tuesday evening. The vets there tried to revive the animal but to no avail. The animal died yesterday morning.

According to WWF, white tigers are endangered and are extremely sensitive to heat and noise. With temperatures in Lahore soaring past thirty degrees Celsius and there being nothing but noise at the political rallies, the tiger could not survive. WWF has also confirmed that famed actor and conservationist Faryal Gohar is going to file a petition with the Lahore High Court against the illegal use of wildlife animals at rallies and other such activities. WWF is supporting the petition.

The tiger belonged to a party worker who boasted off his ‘pet’ at Mariam Nawaz’s rallies. The animal can be seen in PML-N rallies across Punjab.