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Published On: Thu, Dec 29th, 2011

A Jaguar is killed in dadyal near Dingle..! report by Zafar Iqbal

Hunters have killed a Common Leopard in a small village in southern region of Pakistan administrated Kashmir, confirm local wildlife officials.

The leopard (Panthera pardus) was killed by a group of hunters in the outskirts of a little town Dadyal, which is located near the Mangla Dam, says Javaid Ayub Director Wildlife and Fisheries Department of Pakistan controlled Kashmir.

The animal was shot by the gun and then beaten to death, eye witnesses say. A video of the incident has been uploaded on ‘YouTube’ site by the community members. The video clip shows a group of people thrashing the dead body of the victim with a rod.

‘Now it is dead,’ one of perpetrators states in the video, speaking in local Mirpuri language. Officials are struggling to punish the culprits who have been accused of having support of local influential politicians.

So far at least four persons have been accused unprovoked murder of an animal and police and Wildlife officials are pursuing legal action against the people involved in the incident.

According to Pakistan’s laws, people responsible of animal cruelty face six month imprisonment and have to pay fine equal to the commercial price of the animal which they have killed. Illegal hunting is common in Pakistan and its administrated region of Kashmir where public lacks awareness about the animal rights and wildlife protection and judicial system is fragile.

Jammu and Kashmir, a mountainous state divided between India and Pakistan, has an abundance of forests which are habitats of many species of endangered flora and fauna.

In recent years degradation of natural habitat has contributed to endangering regional environmental life. It has also forced wildlife to leave the natural territories and enter human populations in search of food.

There are increasing public complaints about the intrusion of wild cats into farmers private lands and depredation of domestic livestock. Locals accuse the Common Leopards and other feral animals of attacking and killing their cows, goats, sheep, pets and other livestock. On the other hand, ecological experts describe the increased presence of wild cats near to the human populations as a visible sign of the increased loss of natural prey for the wildlife as a result of environmental damage caused by humans.

“(The) Common leopard is a very shy animal and does not attack without solid reasons (danger to its life or living place, cubs etc),” said Khurshid Ahmed, an environmentalist from Peshawar University.

The region where people killed the Common Leopard is located in the vicinity of a National Park famous for its richness in ecology and biodiversity.

The Peer Lasora National Park is located near the border dividing the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. It has several threatened and endangered species of mammals and birds, including the Common Leopard (Panthera Pardus), Cheer Pheasant (Catreus Wallichi), rhesus monkey (Mecaca Mulata) and barking deer (Axis Porcianus).

A WWF Pakistan study estimates that at least 70 per cent of the original habitats in this region have been destroyed due to habitat degradation, mining, stone crushing, deforestation, forest fire, prohibited hunting of the natural prey and other threats. The leopards face several threats to their survival and have attained attention of conservationists internationally.

The Common Leopard has been included as a “Near Threatened” category in IUCN red data list.

Globally, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world that harbours the cat family of rare animals.

In the last few decades Pakistan has speeded up its conservation attempts of the Snow Leopard, but the Common leopard has failed to obtain the required interest of the government and the public. As a result, the Common Leopard has become extremely uncommon in Pakistan. The lack of public awareness about the wildlife and the higher occurrence rate of poverty in rural areas are blamed for this neglect.

For the protection of Snow Leopard massive awareness programmes, including livestock insurance schemes have been introduced in some areas of Pakistan, e.g.Ayubia National Park. Communities have responded positively to such Eco-Friendly projects.

Environmentalists believe that starting of similar sustainable efforts can raise awareness among the public in other regions, as well as be helpful for the survival of various natural species that are facing the dangers of extinction.

“There is a dire need to impart awareness about the Common Leopard for the existence of our food chain as with its extinction, our biodiversity is going to face greater negative imbalance causing faster degradation to natural environment. This directly impacts the lives of the local community in special and the area and region in general”, maintains Mr. Khurshid, who has extensively worked on ecological resources of Northern Pakistan, including Jammu and Kashmir.
About the author:

Zafar Iqbal is a freelance journalist and Executive Director of Press for Peace (PFP). He can be reached at zafar@pressforpeace.org.uk

A Jaguar is killed in dadyal near Dingle.

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  1. stupid people killed a rare animale

  2. Nasar Iqbal says:

    When will these people learn that no body has got any right to take a life away and especially this kind of rear animal to sad wake up u so called muslims think before u do anything.

    • Jamal says:

      simple question what will you do when a rare animal came near to your daughter will you save your daughter or rare precious animal. These animal came to residential area by mistake or in search of food but saving our life is a question i left for you.

  3. Nadia Akram says:

    really i dnt belive can you post the picture

  4. Dadyal says:

    Nadia Akram Why not.

  5. Sum Arain says:

    Mostly ur news r jus a lie . .lyk u post a pic of isb polic bt tht ws indiaon polce ‘s pic

  6. I agree with sun but on did occasion I got to agree it is true as I witnessed but wot they did to animal was cruel no words can describe it ;((((

  7. ch Najeeb says:

    its good they have killed it, dadyal stinks of these smelly animals

  8. Waqar Ali says:

    Akhir pakhra geya bechara

  9. Hassan Azam says:

    We will be questioned by Allah for removing a flower from it’s stem but then I suppose in Pakistan they don’t gave zoos I think then what else were they supposed to do to protect themselves? Allah us the forgiving may Allah forgive us all….

  10. Dadyal says:

    simple question what will you do when a rare animal came near to your daughter will you save your daughter or rare precious animal. These animal came to residential area by mistake or in search of food but saving our life is a question i left for you. i think Jin has a point in his comment of website

  11. Nasar Ilyas says:

    Jaguar is a rare beautiful cat.to be honest I never knew such cats existed in AJK. Tigers once existed in Pakistan but they are gone forever in Pakistan. I appeal for all the people who are in dadyal area to press ahead to convict these hunters, they are on picture, we know who they are.

  12. Da janguar wa in an area ful o vilage ppl. He wa der to get sum food. As der r no tranquilisas da nxt bes tng wa to shoot it. Eventho it is sad dat da jaguar wa killd. It shuda ben. Wd u wnt it to kil few ppl and den kil it or js kil it bfre it kils ppl. If it cam infrnt o u. Do u tink it wdnt do nytng. Im gesin u wd b eitha runnin fr ur lyf or hop dat sum1 shoots it.

  13. Hassan Azam says:

    Exactly what I said originally ygm lol

  14. Hassan Azam says:

    Loool Pakistan has a wildlife department ?!!!!!

  15. A moron with 1 eye can see that guy who killed it is wearing hunting suit and he hunt the jaguar and it’s work of wildlife department to deal with it not some old man who killed it for his own fun

    • hamza iqbal. says:

      You know that jaguar would’ve killed people because it was right in front of a village. I wonder if you’re mum was standing there would you have said its a rare creature and watched it devour you’re mother because i know for a fact you would’ve have harmed it. If you love animals so much go to the amazon and fight for the jungle to be kept from being cut down because there are much more rare animals being killed over there. by the way the man in the cammo is my dad and he wasnt the one that killed it.

  16. It is sad when human beings act like animals especially if they are meant to be Muslims :'(

  17. Good they killed it. It was proberly a jungli cat lol

  18. Jaguar is part of cat family 😛

  19. i agree.,this is a rare animal aswel !! silly people

  20. This is just ignorance, why kill such a beautiful animal?

  21. Sara Hussain says:

    Well said hassan u gta protect human bfore animal but it shdve bin done humanely imagine iff it had got into someones house and hurt a defenceless child

  22. What possesses people to do such evil things :-( .. Adeel you know how much I love pakistan. But things like this make me hate it!

  23. We have a long way to go before animal rights can become a real issue in Pakistan.

  24. It’s not about animals right or islam , it’s about a specie that is rare on planet earth and if these morons don’t stop doing this our kids will only see them in pictures

  25. Rizwan says:

    can you be more accuarate and tell me exactly were the jaguar was found, and who killed it and who has kept the remains, it is a disgrace and utter shame that it has been killed, it should have been caught with sense and been put away in a zoo or given away to a country that will look after it.

  26. Hassan Azam says:

    So u will forget Islam so your kids can see pictures lol it’s most likely your kids will only see slot if animals in pictures as there ain’t zoos etc in Pakistan and kids of this generation r fine with seeing pics of extinct Animals as that’s history lmao its nit as if ur gna be walkin in chattro and a cheetah is gna leap out at u lol and let’s say a cheetah did you know everyone wud be like kill it kill it lol

  27. there is no jungle left in chattroh all trees are gone

  28. and i think u didn’t get what i said

  29. The problem is there uneducated in Kashmir that’s why these kind of things happen.,both India and Pakistan fight over it but none of them are prepared to invest in Kashmir in education or anything really :(

  30. Hassan Azam says:

    I didn’t seriously mean u gna c a cheeta in chattro lol I was being sarcastic anyway allow it bro ur right in ur own way

  31. Definitely uneducated because they said “we killed him to protect the people!” .. Wow they make me sick

  32. As muslims we should be looking after nature not kill it.

  33. Arshad Majid says:

    it is sad one rare tiger got killed if we keep killing them one day our children wont know what a tiger look like

  34. Abu Bakar says:

    this jaguar had ripped a dogs leg off, then came towards the people who owned it, which would have then attacked them, what would you have done?
    This was not a viscious attack it was an act of defense

  35. Malak Imran says:

    come on guys everyone is saying it wrong or cruel to what has happen to this animal, would you still say the same if you had seen the jaguar kill a dog just before the jaguar was killed?

    • sana says:

      the dog was not killed but his paw got cut off but still the jaguar sufferd more than the dog
      i know cos it has happened in dadyal and my village is i dadyal

  36. sana says:

    do you people call yourselves muslims cos i can tell you all men who have killed this beautiful jagguar are not true muslims
    a father or a mother who has given birth to the very same child would not like their child to be killed by other muslim brother
    i can tell you that the parents would have to cope a lot of pain and would want to hurt that very same person who has done that to thier child in the same way dont you thing that out there somewhere the jagguar has parents too and also they might want to harm people too but what you dont know is that the beautiful jagguar might have had a wife and kids of its own
    so all i would like for the people that have killed this beautiful animal to be sentenced and to bann hunting

  37. kabir says:

    should have had tranquilised the jaguar.although life is very precious so priority should be to save Human life.but it had not yet attacked any Human so it should have been captured live but it seems people acted very irrationally and panicked.this was very valuable Animal it should have captured and fenced in acre of yard and fed on restaurant left overs and preserved.it should have been made disabled by shooting it in the legs and then captured via net.keep tranquilisers handy nexttime Mr Vetmen.

  38. Malak Imran says:

    The point is WE didn’t take the chance for the jaguar to try and attack us and further more I would know what really happen considering the fact I was present at the time!

  39. ibbie says:

    you are sick allah made every thng in the wold and your killing it all

  40. ibbie says:

    you are sick peoples, Allah made everything in the world and your killing it all

  41. Zafar Iqbal says:

    Common Leopard Shot Dead In Pakistani Kashmir

    Written by: Zafar Iqbal
    January 5, 2012
    Hunters have killed a Common Leopard in a small village in southern region of Pakistan administrated Kashmir, confirm local wildlife officials.

    The leopard (Panthera pardus) was killed by a group of hunters in the outskirts of a little town Dadyal, which is located near the Mangla Dam, says Javaid Ayub Director Wildlife and Fisheries Department of Pakistan controlled Kashmir.

    The animal was shot by the gun and then beaten to death, eye witnesses say. A video of the incident has been uploaded on ‘YouTube’ site by the community members. The video clip shows a group of people thrashing the dead body of the victim with a rod.

    ‘Now it is dead,’ one of perpetrators states in the video, speaking in local Mirpuri language. Officials are struggling to punish the culprits who have been accused of having support of local influential politicians.

    So far at least four persons have been accused unprovoked murder of an animal and police and Wildlife officials are pursuing legal action against the people involved in the incident.

    According to Pakistan’s laws, people responsible of animal cruelty face six month imprisonment and have to pay fine equal to the commercial price of the animal which they have killed. Illegal hunting is common in Pakistan and its administrated region of Kashmir where public lacks awareness about the animal rights and wildlife protection and judicial system is fragile.

    Jammu and Kashmir, a mountainous state divided between India and Pakistan, has an abundance of forests which are habitats of many species of endangered flora and fauna.

    In recent years degradation of natural habitat has contributed to endangering regional environmental life. It has also forced wildlife to leave the natural territories and enter human populations in search of food.

    There are increasing public complaints about the intrusion of wild cats into farmers private lands and depredation of domestic livestock. Locals accuse the Common Leopards and other feral animals of attacking and killing their cows, goats, sheep, pets and other livestock. On the other hand, ecological experts describe the increased presence of wild cats near to the human populations as a visible sign of the increased loss of natural prey for the wildlife as a result of environmental damage caused by humans.

    “(The) Common leopard is a very shy animal and does not attack without solid reasons (danger to its life or living place, cubs etc),” said Khurshid Ahmed, an environmentalist from Peshawar University.

    The region where people killed the Common Leopard is located in the vicinity of a National Park famous for its richness in ecology and biodiversity.

    The Peer Lasora National Park is located near the border dividing the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. It has several threatened and endangered species of mammals and birds, including the Common Leopard (Panthera Pardus), Cheer Pheasant (Catreus Wallichi), rhesus monkey (Mecaca Mulata) and barking deer (Axis Porcianus).

    A WWF Pakistan study estimates that at least 70 per cent of the original habitats in this region have been destroyed due to habitat degradation, mining, stone crushing, deforestation, forest fire, prohibited hunting of the natural prey and other threats. The leopards face several threats to their survival and have attained attention of conservationists internationally.

    The Common Leopard has been included as a “Near Threatened” category in IUCN red data list.

    Globally, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world that harbours the cat family of rare animals.

    In the last few decades Pakistan has speeded up its conservation attempts of the Snow Leopard, but the Common leopard has failed to obtain the required interest of the government and the public. As a result, the Common Leopard has become extremely uncommon in Pakistan. The lack of public awareness about the wildlife and the higher occurrence rate of poverty in rural areas are blamed for this neglect.

    For the protection of Snow Leopard massive awareness programmes, including livestock insurance schemes have been introduced in some areas of Pakistan, e.g.Ayubia National Park. Communities have responded positively to such Eco-Friendly projects.

    Environmentalists believe that starting of similar sustainable efforts can raise awareness among the public in other regions, as well as be helpful for the survival of various natural species that are facing the dangers of extinction.

    “There is a dire need to impart awareness about the Common Leopard for the existence of our food chain as with its extinction, our biodiversity is going to face greater negative imbalance causing faster degradation to natural environment. This directly impacts the lives of the local community in special and the area and region in general”, maintains Mr. Khurshid, who has extensively worked on ecological resources of Northern Pakistan, including Jammu and Kashmir.
    About the author:

    Zafar Iqbal is a freelance journalist and Executive Director of Press for Peace (PFP). He can be reached at zafar@pressforpeace.org.uk

  42. raja khan says:

    far as i knw this animals been there for ages i think they are number of cats in that area what they did that was rong they should have scared him with the couple of gun shoots he would hav run away fakin priks they call them self hunters my dik if they had balls should have catche him alive it was only a lepord not lion or tiger fakin bunch of pussys caling them selfs hunters

  43. ibbie says:

    it not what your because you will go hell

  44. khuddadad choudhrey says:

    I agree in full with the views represented by Raja Khan and a few others above but not with the language. This is sorry state of people who behave worse than animals like where we cannot look after people how we expect to show humanity to animals.treatment enviroment is a measure of Humanity in this world.Woking(UK) – Panyam(AJK).

  45. RATHOD / MF says:

    Wonderful news that we have them (Jaguar) in Pakistan.

  46. Inamullah says:

    It is not good to kill such kind of Animals we should love them because these animals also have right to survive in the world and are the creator of Allah,.

  47. Salina says:

    Those people killed that beautiful animal just for fun not in self defense. Such people should be removed from the face of the earth.

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