No one can deny that Jamaica is currently drowning as wave after wave of violence devours us. As veterinarian Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett notes in this review, “animal welfare and human health and welfare are inextricably linked.” Those who are cruel to animals can behave in the same way towards humans, including vulnerable children, the elderly, their spouses, without thinking about it. Remember, some of the world`s most notorious serial killers, including Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, abused and tortured animals growing up. And what about family members, including children, who witness such cruel acts on a daily basis – how does it affect them psychologically? I know that the roots of violence are diverse and complex, but we have to deal with some of these sad facts. Including cruelty to animals. The inconsolable image that accompanies this article is a harsh reality of the abuse that some of my Jamaicans have inflicted on defenseless and innocent animals, especially dogs. I have written to several influential leaders in the Jamaican government to have someone deal with animal cruelty, to no avail. I contacted the two main free-to-air TV channels in Jamaica, but I didn`t get any positive results. Our mission is to promote animal rights. We investigate cases related to animal cruelty. I am an animal rights activist from Jamaica who lives in the United States.

I have just returned from a short break from Jamaica and am disappointed by the mistreatment of stray dogs on the island. She also clarified that citizens who wanted stray animals to be rescued should do more than just call the organization. “The size of a nation can be measured by how its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi “We are going to have more than 7,000 animals that come – cats, dogs, puppies, kittens – a year. Some years are worse, some years are better. That being said, we deposit at least 65% of these animals,” said Pamela Lawson, executive director of JSPCA. It is obvious that in Jamaica, more and more animals are being abused by evil people because the rulers fail to solve the problem and educate people about animal cruelty. I have been begging the people involved in Jamaica for the past three years to deal with this issue. I even went so far as to write to the Jamaican ambassador to the United States in Washington and to the Ministry of Tourism in Jamaica. Shame on those in the Jamaican media who ignored my emails. The Animal Cruelty Act dates back to 1904 – yes, it`s almost 120 years old! It was amended in 1995 to increase the fines to a meagre J$1,000. In addition, there is the Injury-Responsible Dogs Act, which goes back even further in 1877 – and has never been amended after about 150 years. This is the priority we give to animal welfare in Jamaica.

She pointed out that the JSPCA was not satisfied with the euthanasia rate, but argued that it was the only option due to the lack of space, the cost of maintenance, and the fact that many animals were not suitable for adoption. Veterinarian Dr. Lesley Robinson said restricting animals` reproductive abilities is the way to go, and JSPCA has piloted this strategy through the Spay Neuter Jamaica program. If you would like to support a Jamaican animal welfare organization or adopt an unwanted animal, you can contact Montego Bay Animal Haven or the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) – which sets as one of its main goals “the amendment of the Animal Cruelty Act of 1965 and the Pound Laws”. Increasing fines to the level that is a real deterrent and gives us more powers to take appropriate action against those who cause harm, pain or suffering to animals. If we took care of and cared for our animals, our homes and communities would be friendlier and more compassionate places. Isn`t that what we need so much? “We sterilize their animals. It`s interesting to see that who are traditionally put on the street when people know they won`t have babies will adopt them and take care of them,” Robinson said. Jamaica`s animal cruelty laws need to be seriously reviewed and updated. Sanctions and fines must be enforced.

Training in schools, dog keeping and registration. Castration is mandatory, unless it is a registered breeder. This problem is more important than that of the Jamaican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Can someone please intervene with power? Animals need help. It is obvious that animal cruelty in Jamaica is considered trivial by the leaders and the majority of the Jamaican people (although there is a so-called animal cruelty law that needs to be strengthened by harsher penalties). The dog in the attached photo was burned by a Jamaican in Manchester with hot boiling water, I was told. A friend`s dog was also poisoned in Kingston last week. A kick, a punch, a “chop” with a machete.

For some Jamaicans, these are daily ways to deal with unwanted animals. Our legislators urgently need to do something about this. Strong laws must be enacted and implemented. Archaic laws with almost no fines and virtually no enforcement are enough. Updating these laws, along with a strong public education program and making people accountable for cruelty, would go a long way in bringing healing to our society. “If they have good health, not heartworm and DVT (transmissible venereal tumor) — things like that — if they don`t meet those criteria, we have to shoot them down,” Lawson said. “I don`t have time to run the streets of Kingston and run after a dog. We tell them, “You have to help us help you.

If you can get them in an environment where they`re somewhat contained, I`ll go there,” Lawson said. I wrote for Global Voices last year about our “rescue dogs” when 144 Jamaican (i.e. Mixed-race) Royal Caribbean Terriers were flown from Jamaica to Canada to find new homes. Later, photos surfaced of dogs happily wearing wool coats and walking in the snow. Thank you, Angela! I intend to strengthen it a little. In November 2005, the JSPCA organized for the first time a Doggie fashion show. The event took place at the headquarters of the Guardsman Group. The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) says it is forced to humanely end the lives of more than 65% of its needs for health reasons and lack of resources. Leo, a mixture of German Shepherds, was found on the grounds of the National Chest Hospital, where he suffered from heartworm and tick fever. Mange had left him with very little hair and he was severely emaciated.

He had obviously given up on life. Volunteers and staff took special care to bring it back, and in two months, the transformation was incredible. Leo now has a new home and is very happy. The founder of Montego Bay Animal Haven, Tammy Browne, has launched a petition to the Jamaican government, highlighting: both the St. Andrew Municipal Corporation and the National Environment and Planning Agency. Subscribe to our mailing list and access information about all our current events, social programs and special events. I don`t want to post horrible and disturbing photos. You`ve probably seen them before – and you`ve probably seen sad images on the streets of Kingston: mostly sick, half-hungry dogs dragging themselves onto the sidewalk. In fact, we see them every day; They are almost part of the landscape. When visitors see them (including one of our family members not so long ago), they are very desperate because they also see it as a reflection of something wrong in Jamaican society.

Neglect is in itself a terrible form of abuse. This is certainly not a “good look” for people who are not used to seeing such depravity. We should face this problem ourselves and do something about it. According to Lawson, the JSPCA has a good working relationship with government agencies like kingston Emma, you have written many very inspiring and useful articles, but this one has to be one of the best. Urgent.