On 30th Dec 2018 we received a call from one concerned Animal lover who reported a case of a dog that had been terribly hacked at Kawangware. Our dedicated field officers rushed to the place and were able to find the dog still alive but in a very critical condition. The dog was brought to the KSPCA clinic to be attended to by the vet on duty, but sadly he passed on while undergoing treatment.
It’s extremely devastating how we human beings have become so heartless and cruel to the very animals that we expect to assist us. The same treatment we want given to us is the exact treatment we should accord our animals. The Kenyan constitution that was promulgated in 2010 covers animal rights, both domestic and wild animals. The Kenyan parliament passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (2012) which was a revised version of the earlier law passed in 1983.
It is unfortunate that we pay little attention to the domestic animals that have changed the economic fortunes of many households. Poor hygiene, lack of/inadequate food, lack of veterinary attention, physical abuse and mistreatment is what these animals have to go through every single day. Many are times when stray dogs and cats are knocked down by vehicles and left to decompose by the roadside. In such scenarios, the KSPCA comes in to rescue such animals before they succumb, bring them to the shelter where they are treated and well taken care of, then once they are stable enough they are adopted.
Furthermore in rural Kenya traditional practices like the use of animals in transportation,(heavy luggage in most cases) ploughing and cultural practices and ceremonies still persist. In some areas of Kenya, much is said about cattle rustling but little is said of the fact that during such crimes the livestock are forced to travel long distances, wounded or die in the process.
In a nutshell, it’s the responsibility of each individual to ensure that the animal rights are not infringed. Help speak for the animals, since they cannot speak for themselves. Report any case of cruelty to animals and let’s advocate for animal welfare.