A recent tweet of former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi emphasising on the importance of animal rights has sparked a Twitter debate, and definitely not in a good way.
The former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team took to Twitter and tweeted two pictures — one that shows him bottle-feeding a deer and another of his little daughter standing with her hands raised, with a chained lion in the background. Given how these animals’ natural habitat is the jungle, the pictures instantly drew criticism from users, who accused the cricketer of depriving the animals of a natural habitat to thrive in and therefore, doing the exact opposite of what his tweet’s message was about — caring for them.
Many were outraged by not only Afridi’s alleged violation of animal rights but also his lack of safety precautions:
“Great to spend time with loved ones. Best feeling in the world to have my daughter copy my wicket taking celebrations. And yes don’t forget to take care of animals, they too deserve our love and care :)” read the caption.
Great to spend time with loved ones. Best feeling in the world to have my daughter copy my wicket taking celebrations. And yes don’t forget to take care of animals, they too deserve our love and care 🙂 pic.twitter.com/CKPhZd0BGD
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 9, 2018
Where is this? Come how there are wild animals in unnatural environment? Isnit legal?
— afia salam (@afiasalam) June 9, 2018
Shahid Afridi disgusts me. Chaining a wild animal because “don’t forget to take care of animals” ffs what world you live in you are torturing him.
— Sundus (@sundiiiii) June 10, 2018
Suddenly everyone has turned into an animal rights activist after watching Shahid Afridi’s picture with a Lion. Maaf kardo yar twitter ko ab, harwaqt agenday tumharay!
— Jibran T. Siddiqui (@jibransiddiqui) June 10, 2018