Help Animals in Tunisia
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Help Animals in Tunisia

    1. Ángela Oueslati
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      Ángela Oueslati

      Charlotte, NC

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi

"...Islam expects humankind to treat all animals (all living creatures - birds, sea creatures, and insects) with respect and dignity. Prophet Muhammad continuously advised people to show kindness. He forbade the practice of cutting tails and manes of horses, of branding animals at any soft spot, and of keeping horses saddled unnecessarily. If the Prophet saw, any animal over-burdened or ill fed he would speak mildly to the owner and say, “Fear God in your treatment of animals.” --Aisha Stacey

 

Reference: http://www.tunisia-live.net/2012/04/16/non-profit-petitions-for-the-inclusion-of-animal-rights-in-the-tunisian-constitution/
Posted by Hend Hassassi
The Tunis-based Mediterranean Fauna and Flora Club (MFFC) is lobbying to incorporate animal rights in the Tunisian Constitution. In an attempt to exert pressure on Constituent Assembly members, the association will be staging a protest on April 22 at 10:30am in front of the seat of the National Constituent Assembly.

In a statement released by the association and signed by its president Adib Samoud, the MFFC argued that mercy in Islam expands to all living creatures, and that the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights stipulates that every animal deserves respect. It noted that these principles are not respected in Tunisia.

“The idea for the protest was proposed by several people who approached us, following the brutal way rabid dogs were killed. This protest also aims at opening people’s eyes,” said Olfa Abid, a veterinarian and secretary-general of MFFC.

The animal rights association adopted the slogan, “Animals cannot defend themselves, lets demand rights that would protect them!!! Sign for them!!!”

Abid declared that some people told them that now is not the time to deal with this kind of issue, as there are more pressing matters – like unemployment and violations of human rights – that have not yet been solved. She explained that their goal is to find long-term solutions that will solve cruelty against animals – something Abid considers to be a serious matter. “Animals are greatly neglected in Tunisia. They are treated like a commodity,” asserted Abid.

The MFFC called for all concerned associations and organizations to open the debate in order to ensure the rights of animals, and find solutions that will guarantee the respect of animals for the long term.

The association intends to lead awareness campaigns that aim to save endangered species, fight zoonosis (diseases that impact only animals), and put an end to the proliferation of stray dogs and cats by starting regular control campaigns of sterilization, outreach and vaccination.

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition, posted online on April 4, 2012. According to Abid, another petition was sent to 5,000 veterinarians – the sorting of the signatures for this petition will start on May 15.

The Mediterranean Fauna and Flora Club received its official license in June 2011. The club began its activities in 2005 with a campaign named, “Let’s Save Donkeys,” led by veterinarians who wanted to use their leftover drugs to treat donkeys.

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    • Nicola Zarrami RINGWOOD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I love animals

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    • sylvia harris ABERDEEN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I frequently visit Tunisia and am shocked and upset at the inhumane way they treat their animals.My daughter lives there and rescues cats which have been dumped!! she has no money and gets help from no-one.We have tried the charities for help with medicial help in sterilising and castrating but have had no luck,she is an animal lover and will continue to spend money (which she dosent have) in saving these cats from starvation,,she needs your help too.

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    • Emma Evans HUNTLY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I have a friend in Tunisia who it trying to help cats off the street and rehome dogs.

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    • Uwe und Ehrengard Becken 47661 ISSUM, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      DISGUSTING AND UNPLEASANT

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    • CHRISTINA POORE EGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      this is disgracefull sort it out the world is watching you

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