The N/a’an ku sê Foundation in Namibia, Africa, has launched a campaign, #JusticeForAnimals, to address the outdated legislation with regards to animal welfare, and to urge Government to amend the existing Animals Protection Act.
The Animals Protection Act dates back to 1962 and the Nature Conservation Ordinance to 1975. These outdated statutes are vague, conflicting, and inadequate to ensure the welfare of domesticated, farm, and wild animals. As a result, many animal lives are lost because of uncertainties around animal welfare and how to manage animal welfare situations - especially in human-wildlife conflict situations. This has created discord between Governmental institutions, NGO’s and individuals working in the area of animal welfare. This situation only perpetuates, and in fact contributes to, the mistreatment of animals and severely damages the reputation of Namibia as a conservation-oriented country.
The N/a’an ku sê Foundation itself is the driving force behind this crucial endeavor, an effort to fully protect all of Namibia’s animals – domestic, livestock AND wildlife. Namibia claims to be a leader in conservation, but our animal welfare legislation is outdated and not applicable in the modern day and age. With the world putting animal welfare under the magnifying glass in the COVID and post-COVID era, Namibia will be judged very harshly for its lack of appropriate modern legislation and the way animals are treated.
The N/a'an ku sê Foundation is a non-profit conservation organisation, committed to the protection of Namibia's wildlife, landscapes and people. It's vision is an Africa where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together: www.naankuse.com
It's time for change!