Re-evaluate the plight of dogs, cats in Tobago

the Editor: "A nation, and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals."

So spoke Mahatma Gandhi in his autobiography. Bearing that quote in mind, we need to look around, and re-evaluate the plight of our dogs and cats on Tobago.

I recently met a female tourist from England who just loved it here; but won't be back. She just couldn't bear to see the plight of so many suffering, starving and neglected dogs, wantonly breeding.

My wife and I had recently volunteered at the Tobago Animal Shelter (T&TSPCA) on Friendsfield Road in Bacolet, (near the Dwight York Stadium).

The Tobago Shelter seems to be single-handedly tackling this huge problem as best as they are able.

Run with a small staff, and relying on many volunteers, and mostly private donations, the Shelter conducts veterinary clinics, spay and neuter campaigns, feeding and housing for stray dogs and cats, and adoption services for the public. For further information, call 639-2567.

Whenever there is a dire domestic animal situation anywhere on Tobago, the Shelter is the main source which is usually called upon to help. The THA does fund the Shelter on a small level, but by no means is the funding nearly adequate to the current Island-wide problem. If you say, "What problem?", let me remind you of Mr. Gandhi's quote above.

You don't have to look around too hard to see many problems.

With the THA concerned about its image abroad, especially as it relates to Tourism, there needs to be more of a regular and reliable financial commitment to the Tobago Animal Shelter.

The THA should consider this as an investment that will go a long way for the future of Tobago's Tourism, Tobago's Economy, the level of public compassion, and of course, the lives of the animals.

Matt Kelly



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Fed up said on Monday, Apr 2 at 3:54 PM

My neighbour continues to breed their dog. He has 6 dogs to date. They depend on my household as well as other households in the area for food. However, these dogs leave their fleas and faeces where they feed. This is annoying. Even more annoying is when one of them attacked me in my own yard. The government need to do something about dog ownership and care.

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Tiskat Tasket said on Wednesday, Mar 28 at 9:12 PM

TObago, has been undermined by her own people, the world sends condolences, hope fpr a speedy recovery

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Anonymous said on Monday, Mar 26 at 9:03 PM

answer, joann/london, what business should the bloger ignore, plight of the animals ,or mystery on Bacolet,?

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Anonymous said on Monday, Mar 26 at 1:47 PM

Human chooses to live the life they chose and their are agencies to help,maybe you are living in a hole in the Uk because their certainly are many exceptions.I would prefer that thes4e people speak for themselves,because the truth resides with them,not your made up fictional story.In fact you are using this to try and undermine Tobago,but you have failed and only proven your lack of integrity,and honesty.The world is no longer hidden behind doors,its their for every-one to see.

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smirk said on Monday, Mar 26 at 9:01 AM

JoanLondon, your answer to the plight of poor defenceless animals is to be expected, yes indeed there are homeless people in UK and every other country in the world, the difference ,humans often choose in life how they wish to live, and there are agencies to help them if they so wish, animals have no opportunity to do like wise, as it appears you live in UK, I am sure you have availed your self and family of all the free hand outs from the social structureof your host country , remember you are a visitor behave like one,

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Joanne/London said on Sunday, Mar 25 at 12:08 PM

Leave Tobago and mind your own business! In the UK animals have more rights than humsn beings! I have seen homeless people and no 1 cares! I have never seen a homeless animal in the UK!

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Mar 24 at 2:47 PM

If there was a class on being human no one would attend , for the main reason there are very few human qualities on tobago, just look at crime in Bacolet and area,

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animal lover said on Saturday, Mar 24 at 2:16 PM

Yes indeed the true tobagans nature is shown on how it treats animales, your are a cruel vindictive race of pure savagery , the poor defenceless animals suffer at the hands of degenerates on a daily basis , if only they could talk,

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Anonymous said on Friday, Mar 23 at 2:12 PM

NO wonder the world holds you in utter contempt, instead of monkeys in the trees, I would like to see the people who harm them swinging ,with out with the aid of their arms

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Anonymous said on Friday, Mar 23 at 1:15 PM

Be sedated and put to rest.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Mar 23 at 1:14 PM

If the treatment of animals decides the moral progress of a nation,we should all stop eating meat.The main issue is that there are animals on the iSland which has no owners,and this allows wild breeding on the animals part.Wild animals should be caught and if a home is not found our cannot be used for medical ect.ect researches then they should be sedated .

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monkey see monkey do said on Friday, Mar 23 at 11:39 AM

Never have high expectations in this brutal place, killing has become a national sport , many people of all races have died , the animals have no voice , let the fair amongst us stand up , even though they do nothing for the many people who have perished from the lawless,they who walk amongst us , there will be curses upon them who take part in this cruelty, remember you are being watched and will be punished for your actions your blood will nourish the earth, your soul tormented in hell

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Anonymous said on Friday, Mar 23 at 10:59 AM

Several years ago one of your own senators completely wiped out the entire pelican population in Minister Bay with a rifle just for the fun of it. Teaching the un-educated will be a lot harder then you think. Where to start is a conundrum in its self. For those involved in Bacolet crime and cruelty take heed as its Nemesis has been buried in the soil of Haiti. No where to hide

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disgusted said on Friday, Mar 23 at 10:07 AM

INdeed the English visitor had good reason to complain re the treatment to animals, which shows the mentality of the residents on Tobago,it should include wild animals ,such as the leather back turtle who are mutilated by some craved low life just for the enjoyment of watching it suffer not to forget the howler monkey who is killed for its meat, my god its like eating ones young how can humans behave in this depraved manner most disturbing for normal people to understand , I would also suggest the visitor should look deeper into the henious ways of tobagans ,as in 2009 along with the murder of Mr Tautwho was a animal rights person, should include the mutalation of the senior couple in Bacolet , reason and solving of these brutal crimes Never addressed , believe me this will not go away, to all potential visitors think very hard before you travel to Tobago,you could well be next, stay AWAY

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Bacolet said on Friday, Mar 23 at 7:28 AM

Matt Kelly is absolutely right and not the only one to witness the despicable and uncaring, inhumane way animals are treated on this island. It is disgusting and certainly very telling about people on this island. Two weeks ago some degenerate 'dumped' seven starving and petrified little puppies in a ditch. What pathetic human being would do this? A cold heartless individual that cares nothing for God's other creatures and who has now shown how ignorant he/she is. What we need here is education. Stop this monstrous practice. Teach our young children to treat animals with kindness and respect. There should be a class in the elementary grades on 'Being Human'. Also, the SPCA offers free spaying and neutering yet these ignorant people still do nothing to quell the growing number of unwanted births.

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animal lover said on Friday, Mar 23 at 7:11 AM

I agree with the woman from UK re the cruelty shown to animals in your country, the brutality, beatings these poor creatures endure is disgusting and speaks volumes of its people ,the biggest supporter the Island had was Mr Peter Taut who was wantonly murdered in his home in Bacolet in 2009 ,crime not solved, so what chance doese a poor unprotected animal stand against the fiends who walk on two legs stand , you expect tourists to visit and not see your true colours to all creatures ,

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Anonymous said on Friday, Mar 23 at 7:09 AM

Remember Peter Taut, He worked hard for the animal shelter, his payment? he was murdered in his own home by a T&T thug

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