November 10, 2016 10:02 am

SPCA condemns recent animal abuse cases

The recent incident of the hanging of a dog in the Suva area is barbaric and inhumane. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Fiji Islands expressed disappointment at the rising level of animal cruelty displayed in recent times and urged Fiji citizens to become proactive in reporting cruelty incidents. “This is just […]

The recent incident of the hanging of a dog in the Suva area is barbaric and inhumane.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Fiji Islands expressed disappointment at the rising level of animal cruelty displayed in recent times and urged Fiji citizens to become proactive in reporting cruelty incidents.

“This is just one example of the sick, barbaric instances of cruelty we are beginning to see quite regularly,” said Deepak Rathod, President of SPCA, Fiji.

Recently, two cats were found in Raiwaqa with their back legs tied with restraining straps. SPCA Resident Veterinarian, Dr Jessica Hoopes, said that the animals had been in this condition for some time before being found and brought into the clinic. The cats were in such terrible condition, they had to be put down to end their suffering.

Sadly, without any actual evidence, there is very little that can be done to win justice for these particular animals.

“We urge citizens to be vigilant, if you see any form of cruelty or mistreatment of an animal, report it to SPCA or directly to the police,” he said.

In addition to actual violence and inflicting pain, animal cruelty includes failing to provide adequate shelter, water, food and hygiene arrangements, or leaving a wounded or sick animal to suffer.

Animals feel pain in exactly the same way as humans do.

“The SPCA has particularly saddened that people were willing to watch the dog suffer and yet do nothing about it,” says Mr Rathod.

“Pets bring joy into our lives and want nothing more than love and compassion from their owners. All animals, whether owned or strays, deserve to be treated with respect and compassion and allowed to live free from pain and suffering”.

The SPCA Fiji Islands continue to work with the Ministry of Agriculture, local municipalities and other organisations to improve animal welfare in the country.