Many animals around the world are victims of abuse, neglect and cruelty. Their lack of voice urges us to defend their rights and report these behaviors to justice.
To understand why animals are sentient beings, we must first understand the concept of animal welfare. It refers to the quality of life they experience; Do they live in a clean and healthy environment where they can develop their natural behavior? Is their health good? Are their physical and mental conditions adequate or do they go through situations of abuse?
According to the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code, it is defined as “the way an animal copes with the conditions in which it lives”. This concept is related to five freedoms, published in 1965, to describe the right to welfare of animals that are under human control.
So, for an animal to live in proper conditions, it has to be:
- Free from hunger, thirst and malnutrition.
- Free from fear and anguish.
- Free from physical or thermal discomfort.
- Free from pain, injury or illness.
- Free to express one's own behavior patterns.
Today the importance of experience positive emotions, since it has been proven that animals are beings with feelings, so that in order for them to live in well-being, they have to be exempt from fear, stress or psychological suffering.
The reality that we face
Despite the importance of these concepts, the facts do not always support the words.
It is very likely that we have someone you know who has witnessed or heard about a situation of animal abuse or we could even have been the ones who saw an event of this type.
In response to this, many may think: "why make a complaint if the institutions will not do anything?" or "I don't know how to proceed, I'd better let it go." However, it is important that we do not silence our voice. Animals need us because they cannot claim their rights, but we can do it for them.
The institutions in charge of taking complaints and carrying out the pertinent investigations may not always carry out their work in the most “efficient” way or may take their time to carry them out. However, we must persist and enforce rights.
If we remain silent "because totally nobody will do anything", animal abuse will continue to be common currency and implicitly accepted in society. Silence is acceptance. But if faced with an act of cruelty, we raise our voices and remember an existing law, we will not only be helping the animal victim of that moment, but to all the others who might come then.
How to make a complaint?
What happens is that each country works differently and, each state, department or province, maybe also. For this reason, it is very important to inform us about how the complaint process works in home location that belongs to us. Once we are aware, it would be good to pass the message on to our loved ones.
On the other hand, when faced with an episode of violence, it is always necessary to take photographs or film what is happening to then have concrete and irrefutable evidence, and make the complaint with our name (instead of anonymous), gives more weight and seriousness to the cause.
Animals provide us with love, companionship, assistance and food. Let's give them back a little of everything they give us every day.
He Animal welfare is everyone's responsibility.
By Jezebel Handel