A public demonstration has been announced in Valletta as animal rights activists, stray feeders, spayers and animal lovers are urging for stronger protections and better resources for the sector.
It will start at 6.30pm on 15th June near City Gate, Valletta, just outside Parliament. Attendees can bring placards or sign with them if they wish, organisers have said.
With volunteers spending endless hours using their own funds to fill the gaps in finding and rehoming strays, neutering them, nursing them back to health and so much more, organisers want to send a message to authorities that these are “urgent and pressing issues that cannot wait any longer”.
“The more they wait, the more suffering continues every day,” one organiser, Maxine Borg, told Lovin Malta.
“We need so many things: a better 1717 service, more trained staff at the Animal Welfare Directorate, better awareness on how to treat farm animals, tackling backyard breeders, enforcing the law, assigning resources or even employing bottle feeders, trappers and fosterers, a proper neutering campaign, more space at sanctuaries, free food for feeders… the list can go on.”
“Save the date – we have to be the voice for the voiceless, come on all animal lovers together we can make it. Do not miss this opportunity – we will not be silenced!”
The demonstration comes as well-known activist Romina Frendo resigned from her position as Chair of the Animal Welfare Council, calling the council a “charade”.
“It is pointless having more council meetings when things that were recommended months ago have still not seen the light of day,” she told Lovin Malta following her resignation.
“I can’t sit around and get remunerations for work that I do which then ends up in a public consultation when then my feedback is not taken into consideration despite having done a tremendous amount of work,” she continued.
Her resignation comes amid mounting accusations of mismanagement and questionable decisions within the Animal Welfare Directorate, including the euthanisation of a stray kitten which activists believe was unneeded and cruel.
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