Ahsan Khan’s famous talk show, Time Out with Ahsan Khan, has come under fire for using animals as props on the show. The animals have been appearing on the show for some time now, including parrots, rabbits, etc., for a segment where Ahsan punishes actors/actresses. The punishment is to hold animals in their laps.
Pakistani actress Maya Ali appeared in a recent episode. Her clip from the segment went viral on social media, where she was seen screaming and shouting as soon as Ahsan placed two rabbits beside her.
Crown Chambers, a Lahore-based law firm, had filed a complaint against Express Tv to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for using animals as props in the show after the show received massive backlash on social media.
Our Law Firm has filed a Complaint in PEMRA Council of Complaint against the use of Rabbit as Props in Show aired on Express Entertainment hosted by Actor Ahsan Khan. The said act violates Article 9 of the Constitution, Animal Cruelty Act 1890, and Judgment of Islamabad High Court.
Our Law Firm has filed Complaint in PEMRA Council of Complaint against use of Rabbit as Props in Show aired on Express Entertainment hosted by Actor Ahsan Khan. The said act is violation of Article 9 of Constitution, Animal Cruelty Act 1890 and Judgment of Islmabad High Court. pic.twitter.com/fwfJMz8Ytw
— Abuzar Salman Khan Niazi (@SalmanKNiazi1) March 19, 2021
On the matter, Ahsan Khan cleared the air. He gave a statement that said, “Let me clarify. These rabbits are basically pets, and the person who owns them brings them to the set. When they are on set, we make sure that they are well-fed and taken care of and are not facing any issues. They are not uncomfortable at all. The person whose pets they are keeps them indoors, and they are very easy to play with.”
He said that he is a pet lover and is careful on set with animals. “I myself am a pet lover,” said Ahsan. “I have dogs at home. I have cats. I also have parrots and hens, and they are all like my own children. We try to provide them with comfortable environments. So naturally, we are very careful with the animals – all of us on set.”
No more animals will appear in the show.
“My producer and I thought that if this is hurting people and they are not liking it, then we can avoid it. So we have cut out the segment in the last three to four episodes we’ve recorded.”
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