The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated

horse eyeI never really had a pet because my parents were not keen on having animals in the house. I once took a kitten home but after a few days my parents were not convinced and I had to let him go. But of course, whilst we had him, we looked after him and made sure that we found him a good home where he would be very well taken care of.

I’m positive that caring for animals, whether as a pet or otherwise, is something that many of us would do selflessly, but then there are a few people in this world who have a very contorted idea of what it means to care for animals.

Unfortunately the last incident of a horse being beaten viciously when it was down on the streets of San Gwann, shows us that not all animal owners have their animals’ welfare at heart. It is unfortunate that it has to be for these awful stories to makes us realise and remind us that animal welfare is not to be taken for granted and that there is still so much to be done in this area. Animal welfare and rights should be at the forefront.

– We need harsher penalties, so that the Police will feel empowered to go after cruelty to animals

– We need a better justice system and enforcement so that Magistrates will be able to punish cruel perpetrators to the full extent of the law, and so that the punishment is not just a slap on the wrist

– We need to pump our Animal Welfare department with energy and a good dose of funding, so that ALL cases are taken seriously and seen to time-effectively.

– We need more education, so that suggested solutions to cases such as cat colonies in public gardens are beneficial, not only to man but also to the fury creatures.

– We need to clamp down on illegalities such as the Montekristo Zoo, not only to safeguard little children but also because wild animals belong in the wild, no matter how rich, well-connected and privileged you happen to be.

And we need to do all this not just for the animals, but also for our children. If its true that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated, then quite frankly, at the moment, Malta’s looking like its slipping down the gutter hole.

Join me on Sunday 17th April for a silent protest calling for stronger law enforcement in the case of animal cruelty and welfare. It starts at 10:30am from the Love monument in Spinola.

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