A social media post from Seema, a great animal lover:
“As you read this, another innocent animal is being abused, neglected or forced to fight.
Today we visited the KSPCA Kenya in Karen, a visit arranged by my brother so that our children would understand the effects of cruelty to animals and help him fight the war against inhumane treatment of animals in Kenya.
The first step to creating positive change for these animals is recognizing the cruelty that threatens them. Today, I learnt from the team at KSPCA, that there are two types of cruelty that domestic animals are confronted by :
* Passive cruelty which is the unknowing or unintentional cruelty that animals face as a result of careless and neglecting owners: forgetting to provide food or water or leaving the pet chained up.
* Active cruelty is the second and more dangerous type, which also means abuse. It is the intentional harming, hurting, or even killing of animals.
As we walked around the facilities there, harsh facts and stories about some of their rescue animals were shared with us. With each step and more disturbing stories, I felt a sick knot forming in my stomach. Like the KSPCA team says, humans are an animals worst enemy. Czech writer Milan Kundera says, “Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
As I recount a video I watched today of a chain being surgically removed from a dog who had been chained for so long that skin had grown over the chain, I feel such rage that a human, of superior intelligence, would use his power to wield incredible pain on another living creature who is unable to protect or free itself. In recovery for the last two months, he still is unable to integrate with the other dogs and walks around only with his carer and with his tail in between his legs out of permanent fear.
I also was quite astonished at some stories of humans who buy little puppies (probably as a “talkability factor”) use them as “guard” dogs, show them no love thinking that the less human contact there is the more fierce they will be and the better they will guard them, and then who abandon them when they “misbehave” towards other humans. Who’s fault is that?
We saw some even more traumatic cases where pets were left within stone walled compounds without food and water when their humans left the country. Besides the physical impact from starvation, the more heartbreaking aspect is the depression that is evident within the abandoned dogs. Regaining human trust is a long and arduous process for these animals.
Did you know that donkeys will be extinct in Kenya in three years if nothing is done to prevent their slaughtering to feed the traditional medicine market? And did you know that the KSPCA even visits slaughter houses just to ensure that the act is carried out in a humane way. Some informal slaughter houses opt for stones as weapons to smash these animals’ heads and then chop their legs so that they can’t run away. I’m sorry to share such brutal realities but we are intelligent human beings that are out of touch with humanity and require these harsh facts to help do something, anything, just one thing to help these animals. “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.” Paul McCartney
The KSPCA is an incredible organization that speaks for animals and is helping instill the humanity back in humans. If you can find it within your heart to do something for these animals please, please, please, do it…”
The KSPCA Paybill No. is 681727, Account name ‘Donation’
Thank you for your support.