I’ve come across another two small charities which I believe need a message of support. I am struck by the much needed work they are doing – what they are doing also exposes how nasty humans can be to living beings they see as ‘lower’ or somehow less worthy of care and respectful treatment.
The charities are the Greek Cat Welfare Society www.greekcatwelfare.moonfruit.com and Animal SOS Sri Lanka www.animalsos-sl.com . Both charities are registered in the UK, run by volunteers. They are desperately trying to rescue the cats and dogs thrown on to the streets in Greece and Sri Lanka. Not only are the animals neglected, they are abused – having been neglected. It is shocking.
These small charities are doing the biggest work – saving life where they can. In the words of William Wordsworth
‘the best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.’
What we can do….support the charities, be aware that when we travel – if we see something that does not sit comfortably with us, i.e. an act of cruelty, speak out (in countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia). If we see a working animal abused – such as a donkey or a horse, report it to the many UK charities that are working to stop animals being used as tourist buses (charities include SPANA, The Brooke Animal Hospital).
And above all – don’t pay to ride on a donkey or a horse or camel or any animal. It is likely to have been beaten into doing it!
Actions speak louder than words and tourists have a lot of power to change primitive and cruel behaviour.