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Raoudha le 25 December 2009 @ 11:10
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Adopt an animal for Life

Adopt an animal for Life

The task?  Immense.  The means to do the task?  Very small.  The will?  Colossal. The environment?  Resistant.  It’s in this setting that a group of Tunisians, and friends of Tunisia, are getting down to this huge task, at the same time trying to win over, and change the indifference of, the Tunisian public.  All part of the struggle against the ill-treatment of animals.

This is the aim of SOS Animals Tunisia, the volunteers of which pitch their efforts under the vigilant eye of Dr Raoudha Mansour, a lady vet with a big heart, who has opened her doors to those forgotten creatures of our country, the animals!

To the average Tunisian, animals can reveal themselves to be interesting creatures when they’re beautiful to look at, and in good health.  Thus, some people don’t hesitate to adopt “pedigree” cats and dogs at a price, but don’t have the least bit of pity for the stray female cat in the area, who comes and makes her nest in their garage.  For her and her kittens, their chances of survival are already naturally weakened; after all, life on the streets is fraught with danger.   But even the “pedigree” cat, maybe a Persian or Siamese, or “house cat” as they’re called, can be in disgrace if the owner doesn’t like the idea of them losing their fur, catching a moth, catching a cold or simply getting too old and sad. For those cats too, they’re put out and left to live on the street, with little or no chance to come back.  Thus, more chance of being placed alongside a rubbish dump or a market.   Having been used to being fed all their lives, these abandoned cats do not survive in the cold, and without food.  “An abandoned animal is a doomed animal”; this is the slogan of SOS Animaux, Tunisie.

Don’t buy an animal, adopt a companion!

But Tunisians can also show their generosity and affection towards animals when they take their young Tunisian children to Belvedere Zoo.  It’s the same as being prepared to pay for a photo to be taken in a shopping centre where the “keeper” assures them that the animal is well looked-after, etc.  And why they don’t pay a lot of money with Ara parrots.  That somebody sells, in another large area, at 5,000 TD per animal …. that would impress their  friends.  For the less well-off, one of the bigger rackets in the capital are all sorts of animals, you’re not told from where they originate, “at unbeatable prices”.  The actions are well-intended by the Tunisian customer, but sadly misguided. In this scenario, SOS Animaux repeat: “Don’t buy an animal, adopt a companion!”

The sort of scenarios mentioned above tend to cause hygiene problems and risk of spreading disease that all such animals – stray, “entire”animals and animals not seen by a vet – pose.  Their claws or talons could very likely be unhealthy due to tearing, attacking or gripping in their quest for survival.  Like the dustbin bags dumped by the roadside, where they rush to try and find food, and the waste disposal places.

Frequent delays in waste collection can then lead to more waste food spilling onto the road, which if left will rot and attract all sorts of micro-organisms.

It’s all around us, on these dirty pavements between two shredded dustbin bags where our children play and where we dodge and weave around.  Where we see and chase off the desperate, starving cats that come back several minutes afterwards, eating the rotting leftovers of the food we’ve thrown away!

There is hope to build a dignified society, one that respects living beings on our soil, one that watches over the hygiene and security of our towns and children.  To work towards this, SOS Animaux Tunisie have planned various events, one of which has been organised for Sunday 20th December 2009.  Throughout the day, a collection of volunteers, assembled thanks to the Facebook group, will be at the organisation HQ at Nabeul, to give a top coat of paint to the new building erected with the help of a French animal welfare foundation for stray dogs.  An occasion, too, to support the organisation with donations, to give food maybe, and cuddle the many cats waiting to be adopted.  You can also walk the dogs in the surrounding fields.

Small gestures that can change your view on Life.

The door of the organisation is always open to people willing to help.  During the holidays, one escapade at the HQ will positively change your opinion on our friends, the animals. Before that, though, why not take a virtual tour of the website:-

http://sosanimauxtunisie.org/

It will give you some idea of what they do, and a member of the Facebook group “Tous avec SOS Animaux” (“All those with SOS Animaux”), lets you see what these dedicated and friendly people do.  To watch these people at work is a small gesture that can change your views on their lives.

A civil, more compassionate society is now emerging in Tunisia with these citizens who take charge, who organise themselves, all united in their aim and efforts. We can all give something, we all have something to give. And the animals don’t ask for much; they are grateful for even the smallest of kind gestures.  In that respect, they thank you for being there … for them !

We always have a choice … to bombard insecticides and other poisons on animals that irritate us, to barricade ourselves in our pretty and cosy residences – or to open our heart in adopting a companion, in helping the organisation by way of monetary donations or food, in retrieving stray animals and bringing them to the organisation HQ, in showing compassion, in circulating that mindset to our personal contacts, and in telling others about us … We all have something to give!

Anissa BEN HASSINE
Member of SOS Animaux Tunisia

Tunisia – Leaders : We all have something to give …

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