KARACHI: The Sri Lanka High Commission in Pakistan denied reports on Wednesday that the island nation had offered to supply elephants to the South Asian country that just lost one of its African elephants at a zoo in the port city of Karachi on Sunday. long-term illness.
“The SL Gov or SL High Commission has never discussed or initiated any action to supply SL elephants to Pakistan,” the mission said in response to a post shared by architect Amir Nazir Chaudhary.
However, the mission clarified that there was “some truth” to the story as an honorary consular of Sri Lanka in Lahore, Yasin Joyia had mentioned “the opportunity to take care of elephants”. But clarified that the person was not authorized to “make any commitments or discussions and has been strongly advised not to make any further statements” on the matter.
“The High Commission of Sri Lanka categorically denies any such discussions or initiatives to supply elephants to the zoos in Karachchi and Lahore,” the high commission said.
On Sunday, after the tragic death of an African elephant Norwegian Jean at Karachi Zoo, Joyia said Geo news that Sri Lanka would donate two elephants to Pakistan.
Joyia had claimed that a request for the elephants had been sent to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for Elephants. He had claimed that Sri Lanka would send two female elephants to Pakistan – for the Karachi and Lahore zoos.
It should be noted that there has been a huge outcry over the confinement of animals at the zoo by animal rights activists since Noor Jehan’s story came to light about the lack of care she received amid her deteriorating health at the Karachi zoo.
The internet had reacted strongly to her painful end, blaming zookeepers for “criminal negligence” and vicious disregard for animal rights.
Noor Jehan’s plight was shared by animal rights activists on social media in Pakistan and abroad, sparking calls for the zoo to be shut down.
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