A dog’s life?

Posted on February 18, 2008


It started with a woman complaining about the barking coming from the BSPCA shelter in Saar. In a letter to the Gulf Daily News she suggested that the dogs could be sedated at night so she could get a decent nights sleep. Of course, such an idea is ludicrous and before you knew if there were letters in the following days edition chastising her for such a thought. More letters on the matter appeared. Next a fella called Archie Brand started playing devil’s advocate and wound everyone up on both sides of the argument.
Then a puppy got skinned alive in the BSCPA shelter.

It wasn’t long until people were connecting the GDN letters war with this sick act of cruelty. Someone had sent nasty message to everyone in Bahrain who cares about animals.

What followed were more letters in the GDN. Many people wrote in to display their disgust but a there were also a few letters saying that too much attention had been paid on the matter of animal rights in Bahrain and that we should address human need first.

I’ve heard that one before. It’s like saying that every human being on earth should be happy, healthy and content before we even start to tackle the issue of animal abuse. It’s a dumb argument and shows black and white thinking. People who abuse animals are generally nasty to their fellow humans too. In other words, I don’t think there are may dog kickers who go around helping old ladies across the road or send money to famine zones. A bad attitude to animals betrays a bad attitude living things in general.

Bahrain is one of the few middle eastern countries that has a SPCA and they’re doing the best they can. What they really need is government support through laws and policing. Would that be too much to ask?

Posted in: animal welfare