Saturday, July 17, 2010

Kuwait Zoo: National Disgrace

Blah blah blah - national pride.  Blah blah blah.  Hachi hachi hachi.  This is a national disgrace and has been for many years.  I won't even go there because I know how badly it will affect me.  I went in 1996 and that was bad enough.  Why HAVE a zoo if you aren't going to treat the animals properly?  Ship the animals out to other countries (UAE for example) where they actually CARE about conservation.

Thanks for forwarding this, Amer.

Living condition of Kuwait Zoo animals atrocious’

July 16th, 2010

Kuwait City – PETA Asia Director, Jason Baker, said that the living conditions of the Kuwait Zoo animals are atrocious and that they are continuously suffering a miserable life.

In a letter received by the Arab Times on Thursday addressed to the Director General of the Environment Public Authority, Baker urged the director to immediately ban the import of anymore animals to the zoo.According to the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activist, several animals at the Kuwait Zoo have died due to severe neglect on part of the employees as well as “despicable husbandry conditions and the absence of veterinary care.”

“The situation has been exacerbated by the recent heat waves in the country. Without adequate shelter and water, numerous animals have died of dehydration and heatstroke after prolonged exposure to extreme heat. News reports indicate that animals such as parrots, dogs and deer were lying dead at the zoo,” he said.

Baker added that the zoo workers had no skills or knowledge when it came to providing proper treatment to injured and sick animals. He respectfully urged the Environment Public Authority to immediately ban any further import of animals and to take measures to improve the animal welfare at the zoo.

The PETA director also mentioned that Kuwait ratified the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in 2002 and various animals that have died were protected under the convention. He implored the authority to observe the treaty obligations and investigate the managerial activities of the Kuwait Zoo as well as to prohibit anyone from trading animals in violation of the convention.

Arab Times

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Question:  I know there are parts in the Quran on the humane treatment of animals.  Does the Bible also state that?


Lifeloverinkw said...

Animal cruelty should not take place if men truly understand the command to be “caretakers” of the earth. We are to control the numbers of animals so disease and sickness do not kill them off; we are to use the animals for our needs; we are to control animals in a manner in which they are not harmful to humans; and finally we should protect them from over-killing and abuse. The problem lies in the fact that many do not understand this balance and tend to over-protect or under-protect animals. Animals were created for us to enjoy, so protecting a remnant for others to enjoy is also proper. Proverbs 12:10 tells us, "A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel."

The Aggressor said...

Very humane of you, I have to admit, but at this point in Kuwait's history, many Kuwaitis are far more concerned with caring for humans rather than animals.

On the other hand, if you really want to see animals in a well-preserved and adequately equipped environment in Kuwait, one need not look farther than the Parliament!