…whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, of any virtue, anything praiseworthy – meditate on these…
For more than 100 years, the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) have been working to protect animals from cruelty, neglect, injury and abandonment.
Their work includes education, providing shelter, veterinary care and advocating for the animals even through the passage of laws. They are working to amend the 1965 Cruelty to Animals Act and Pound Laws, to increase fines and establish effective legal action. This would be a real welcome to reducing and eliminating the number of animals we see laying dead or left for dead on the road side or hoping along injured, maimed, battered or with open stab wounds.
Some people aspire to and have adopted various aspects of the society of the United States, but not primarily the parts that promote well being. Ever seen a dead dog on the roadside in a major city of the U.S. For every 1, Jamaica probably has 10. Whatever the real statistics, I’m sure it’s alarming. It seems we have become immune to the cruelty, neglect and the sight of injured animals.
Our animals are on the streets:
- neglected – injured and dragging along – maimed
- starving - with open knife wounds – battered
- with sores or burns – run over by cars and buses - diseased
- used for target practice (stones, bullets)
This excerpt from the JSPCA website gives a vivid picture:-
…often a street dog will attach himself to anyone who shows a tiny bit of kindness, perhaps throwing a chewed-up bone or a piece of stale bread – or maybe he was just the rare individual who did not kick at him while passing. Their loyalty in cases like these is pathetic, they follow blindly because they have nowhere else to go, no other hope. Mostly, though, they cower in corners in an attempt to avoid the constant abuse that is part of their daily existence. And they wait quietly for death, either quickly under the wheels of a car, or gradually, as they succumb to disease, septic wounds or simple starvation …read more
I challenge us all to find out more about organizations that work to care for our animals. You could start with a call to the JSPCA and find out how you can help. In fact, I found out that they will be hosting a Fish Fry. You can begin by supporting one of their upcoming events:
THE JAMAICA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
10 Winchester Road, Kingston, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 929-0320 Fax: (876) 754-4594
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