A group of animal rights groups has written an open letter to Prime Minister Robert Abela, demanding action with regards animal welfare and protection legislation.
18 different animal rights groups have made a written appeal asking for a timely response and swift action to be taken by the government.
“Over the past months and years, we have brought to your administration’s attention a list of basic needs which are absolutely necessary to help improve the lives of animals in Malta and Gozo,” the letter reads.
“In principle, and to our faces, the Ministry has always agreed and welcomed our ideas and suggestions, but for the most part, none of them has been delivered”.
The lack of action has concerned groups who voluntarily take on more than they can handle. Protests seem to have fallen on deaf ears and groups feel as though they’re barking up the wrong tree.
Below is a list detailing requests made by the various rights groups, all of which have been accepted by the government but have yet to be implemented:
𝟏. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝟐. 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐨𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐭 Animal Welfare (AW) 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐖 𝐆𝐨𝐳𝐨
𝟑. 𝐀 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟕𝟏𝟕 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐯𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭
𝟒. 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐖 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐞𝐬
𝟓. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐨𝐠𝐬
𝟔. 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐨𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐧
𝟕. 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐏𝐞𝐭 𝐒𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝟖. 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 zo𝐨 l𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 and r𝐞𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬
𝟗. 𝐎𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠
𝟏𝟎. 𝐀𝐧 𝐀𝐖 𝐞𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐆𝐨𝐳𝐨
“The Government keeps reiterating, that most of the above are in the pipeline, but we have waited and waited and waited, whilst watching the suffering increase, and the situation gets worse,” the letter reads.
The letter was signed by the following organisations:
Real Animal Rights Foundation – RAR Malta Vo1976, The Island Sanctuary Malta, Association for Abandoned Animals, Animal Liberation Malta, Buddy’s Lost & Found Page – Maxine, CLAWS – Cat Lovers Adoptions, Welfare & Support, MSPCA, Gozo SPCA, CSAF [Carers for Stray and Abandoned Felines}, Tomasina Cat Sanctuary, Animal Care Malta, Innocent Paws – Maria D’Amato, Noah’s Ark Malta – Dogs for Adoption, Fostering & Homing Paws, Kitty Guardians For Strays, Shiny Paws, Voice for the Voiceless, RMJ’s Horse Rescue.
Animal activists Moira Delia, Romina Frendo and Fiona Broome Camilleri also signed the letter.
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