Desi weddings are crazy. They have been getting crazier and crazier every year; however, this time, a studio based in Lahore hit a new low after they deliberately sedated a lion cub to use it as a prop for a photoshoot. The pictures and videos surfaced online at the beginning of the week after someone recorded the snaps and pictures but have been removed now due to the severe backlash by the photographer.
It is not just unethical to sedate an animal but also illegal to do so. If a crime such as this is committed, you can be punished with a hefty fine. According to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1890, it is illegal for anybody “without reasonable cause [to have in their] possession any live animal which is suffering pain because of mutilation, starvation, thirst, overcrowding or other ill-treatment.”
Here is How Twitter Reacted to the Images & Clips Making Rounds on Social Media
People were sad due to the negligence of authorities but also happy because of the public outcry.
I hope they wake up from their slumber, the only positive I can take out of this whole incident is the public outcry. I hope the cub is rescued and rehabilitated into a more suitable environment.
— Jawad Tabrez (@TabrezJawad) March 7, 2021
People questioned the laws and policies and pointed out the trend of keeping big cats in the country.
Totally agree, if you can pass it on to the provincial governments through your sources.
We first need to change the law that allow people to obtain permit and keep big cats (Felines) as pets.
It is becoming a new trends, a new born cub is sold for 500,000rs plus, its a business
— Syed Hasnain Raza (@hasnain_sunny) March 8, 2021
What's wrong with people, a sedated Lion Cub as "prop" the couple starting a new life & the studio who did that should be ashamed, it's about time @GovtofPunjabPK must rethink their "captive breeding" policy, from political rallies to wedding shoots, animals as Props, it's sick
— Faisal Amin Khan (@FaisalAminKhan) March 8, 2021
Some also suggested that having big cats in position has become a new way of showing wealth which is downright disgusting.
Sedated Lion Used as a prop on stage for wedding photography of this couple. Here’s a post from Pakistan on World Wild Life day 2021. Seperated from mother, stolen and sold, used as a prop. Is this a new way of showing off wealth? pic.twitter.com/hUPoqmkibQ
— Asif Mehmood (@AsifVloger) March 7, 2021
The rich in the country are getting problematic by the minute.
update: not the couple actually BUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER. GOD WHY ARE PEOPLE SO CRUEL? LION CUB AS PROP??????
— maham hassan khan. (@WaggishRiposte) March 7, 2021
Even if the studio was offering such a service, why would the couple sign up for it? Was this a good decision to make? We think not.
Absolutely gross and negligent! https://t.co/HCK3gNb79P
— 🛑𝕊𝕥𝕠𝕡 * 𝔸𝕃𝕃 * 𝔸𝕓𝕦𝕤𝕖🛑 (@vanDawn1971) March 8, 2021
Hopefully, this backlash will stop people from participating in such activities. Other than that, law and order might prevail. Have something to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
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