Government doing something about animal welfare

14 May, '07

Isa Town Local Market set

This morning’s Al-Wasat has some good news:

كما أصدر رئيس الوزراء توجيهاته إلى وزارة شئون البلديات والزراعة والجهات الأخرى ذات العلاقة إلى تشديد الرقابة على استيراد وأماكن بيع الطيور والزواحف وذلك في ضوء شكاوى المواطنين من قيام البعض باستيراد وبيع الزواحف الخطرة أو الطيور التي لم يستكمل نموها أو الحيوانات التي تحتاج الى ظروف معينة من الرعاية لما يشكله ذلك من خطر على صحة الإنسان والبيئة
الوسط – ١٤ مايو ٢٠٠٧

Not sure if the cabinet reads what I write, but I wouldn’t delude myself that the move announced above to control and oversee the sale of birds, snakes and other dangerous species in the various local markets was due to them reading what I have written before. Still, I am very thankful that the cabinet has now moved to control this heinous activity.

I leave you with more pictures of the market taken on two different days which I thought too heart-breaking to upload previously, hence the decision just for a panoramic view previously would sufficed to show the despicable circumstances these animals live – and die – in.

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  1. Proud Bahraini says:

    Poor animals, but hey what about human welfare?

  2. mahmood says:

    Humans have a choice, animals don’t, that is why it is our heavenly duty to look after them and our environment.

  3. Pamela says:

    were those monitor lizards in that cage or komodo dragons? They are very dangerous if that is what they are. and the birds need mist, it is so dry there, where are the squirt water bottle to spray on them so they can preen and fluff thier feathers. And the rabbits look dehyrdated.

    This is unreal.

  4. Anonymous says:

    They just gave passports to 2!

  5. mahmood says:

    Pamela, those lizards are the local Arab Dhub.

  6. Barry says:

    The sad thing is even in countries where there are express laws against such things you’ll still see examples cropping up, but most of the time, animal welfare authorities do step in and will forceably take animals away if they are tipped off, or happen upon cases. Most of the animal cruelty cases you hear on the news here have to deal with people who have 20 cats or dogs in a disgusting, filthy house (though, sometimes these people end up just being overwhelmed and do nothing because they don’t know what to do).

    Last year there was an anti-tethering law put into place here in California. It protects dogs from being chained up outside. I do think it’s a good thing because most of these chained dogs are left outside all year, are untrained, vicious, and unneutered. There is also evidence that chained dogs are much more agressive and likely to bite too. If you don’t want the dog in your house, my feeling is you shouldn’t have one, or you should have a warm, comfortable place outside the house with shelter for the animal.

  7. Proud Bahraini says:

    I agree, MAN has a chance to survive in our modern world with CAPITALISM slogan that you hear and feel everyday where ever we go SURVIVAL of the FITTEST i feel sorry for the animals and all but aren’t suppose to focus on other issues for example FREEZING HOMELESS KIDS OF MOSCOW, HUNGER IN AFRICA or at least global warming which is taking effect already on our lives.

    Let’s help those animals though they deserve our help at least they enslave nobody.

  8. Sara says:

    Proud Bahraini-People have different reasons why they choose one particular philanthropic cause to help and promote so it you have different causes that you wish to participate in, go for it but don’t tell people what they should or shouldn’t do. Support your cause(s) of choice and let others do the same.

  9. ukhti ninja says:

    As salam alaikum. Greetings.

    The sad thing about seeing this pictures is that the way these animals are being kept is not in the interest of the sellers nor is there alot of work done here in bahrain to protect and prevent cruelty to animals. Bspca does alot fo work but even then its not enough. there are so many animals being drafted in, the dog population also is increasing month by month. to add more issues to this topic the majority of streets in bahrain are full of trash bags lining the streets, simple actions of placing trash in the tash can ( rubbish bin) isnt done. i recently moved to the north of the island and sincei have been here i had written up a sign in arabic saying ” please place ur trash in the bin.” its was removed from the wall and trampled on.

    The youth are another issues here on the island, some of these young boys at the ages btwn 10 and 15 are soo rude and arogant they dnt care if they hurt the animals. i think they either havent been advised and taught by their parents to respect animals or they are just evil lil tikes. my family have a dog, which they rescued from the rugby club in saar, since we have had it in our home we have had threats from youth that if the dog gets out they will string it up to a lamp post with wire and hang it while beating it with stones and shoes. after hearing them saying this in arabic, i replied to them and said if they abuse this dog or any other animals ill have the police at their front door but to no affect, they still come by the front of the house shouting obcenities in arabic and english at my elder mother and atagnoise the dog while its runs in the garden enjoying the afternoon sun.

    I realy ask myself, we muslims are taught to take care of the animals, with referance to the hadith that talks of the lady who feed the thristy dog after it was trapped in the well & she was granted jannah (paradis,) for this act of care. Education is needed. And if it still doesnt work i think the government need to take action and put these people both young and mature in jail for a while and let them feel how it is to be caged up and slapped around.

    When we stop buying these animals at such markets as seen in the photos then inshAllah they will stop being caught/trapped and used as a source of income.

  10. mahmood says:

    Proud Bahraini: I’ll help you to go to either of the locations you suggested by contributing to your ticket to get there so you can help you brother man. I am serious. I am sure others on the site would chip in too. Your cause is very worthy and should be supported.

    As you suggested it first, just let us know when you would like to leave and where to send the money so you can get your ticket.

    Good luck and God speed.

  11. mahmood says:

    I heard a very nice story which I wish to relate to you. I’ve been told that while I was working in Gulf Air in the late 80s or early 90s, there were two Sri Lankan gentlemen working for the technical department’s “Gulf Tech” which coordinates between airborne aircraft and the technical department so that if a fault is found or felt, through their communicating with the pilots, engineers are ready on the ground to receive the aircraft with the right tools and equipment to fix the fault as quick as possible to achieve on-time departure etc.

    These two gentlemen apparently got so touched especially by seeing captured kestrels in these markets so they go every week to the markets and buy as many as are available on offer and take them away. At that time, kestrels (who do not survive in captivity anyway I am told) were selling for BD1.5 – 3 (US$5 – 10) each. They then drive away into the desert and release them!

    Their motive for this is that they find that these noble birds were not created for captivity and are much better off in the wild as they were meant to be.

    They did that apparently for a very long time. I do not know if they are still at Gulf Air, but whoever they are I salute their endeavor.

    I wonder, are there any Bahrainis who could be sited like this for their humanity? I am not aware of any but I know they must exist. Everyone can do something to lessen these circumstances, I hope that the government’s instruction to oversee this trade will have the right effect and will be sustained enough to create a culture which respects humanitarian treatment of animals.

  12. Aliandra says:

    Mahmood;

    The problem with buying the kestrels is that the sellers are making money off the sale. Then they go recapture them, and make more sales. The key is get people to stop buying them, period. That’s what was done with the ivory trade a while back with some degree of success.

    There was a similar controversy with the slave trade in Mauritania. Good hearted charity groups would purchase slaves to free them, only lto discover it didn’t solve the problem. It just encouraged more of the same business.

    Barry;

    The animal hoarders are usually folks with mental problems, not malicious intent. Far more revolting is the cruel things done to animals in our laboratories in the name of science – which has the blessing of government and society. I’ve seen pictures of laboratory creatures so covered in lesions and tumors they didn’t even look like animals anymore.

  13. Ibn says:

    Are those Komodo Dragons in the first picture?!?!

    -Ibn

  14. Proud Bahraini says:

    Thank you Mahmood i already have plans to adopt a kid from Kiev and save him from street gangs and the life of the streets.

    Don’t get me wrong i care about animals too, but i think that humans are worth helping when they are young and innocent.

    I really appreciate your offer I’ll contact you as soon as i need donations

    I really believe in making the world a better place for our brothers and sisters.

    well if we all care we might save our little world

    http://www.sunshine-kiev.org/ua/html/public/obs53.html

    next august I’ll be there and i seriously consider adopting a child as soon as i get a decent income and finish my financial related problems.

    cheers for helping and your support

    Well I’m against being cruel to any form of life animal or plant so i really like what those Sri lankans did.

    Sorry for being carried away

    Thanks for the help again

  15. tania says:

    Humans have a choice, animals don’t, that is why it is our heavenly duty to look after them and our environment.

    Mahmood, I so agree w/ you. These pictures are so hard to look at but so desperately need to be seen. I’m really glad to read that something is happening… and I pray that it only continues from here.

    You’re a good man.

  16. Barry says:

    Aliandra: Not always, many of the people who’ve been animal hoarders were people who were perfectly healthy mentally and physically, but were overwhelmed by the animals and didn’t know what to do about it. Usually older people. Also, I disagree that animal testing is all bad. Cosmetics and things like that are unnecessary, but modern medicine would *not* be possible without it. Would you like to sign up to test medications to spare the animals?

  17. wtf says:

    hey ninja, a correction, it was a man who got into heaven for giving a thirsty dog some water after using his shoe to get water from the deep well as the dog couldn’t reach it and was in a pathetic state. The lady you mentioned actually got hell as a reward for trapping a cat and not let it even feed off left overs on the ground. This simply means that it’s not only humans you should treat right, it’s even animals who have to be treated with dignity. Salam.

  18. JW says:

    Hi Mahmood

    Thank you for mentioning animal cruelty in Bahrain. This is a serious issue. As I’ve rescued a lot of animal I can’t keep them all I wish I could, but there are still a lot of animals that needs help. At tree of life there are dogs walking around without any food or water nearby.
    I do feel the Bspca is doing their job but not to the extend they should as I did mention to them about these dog and they are telling me they are not allowed to take these dogs away sorry but it is their job to take animals away that is been neglect and abuse.

    Another issue, the other night I went to “Pets farm” near Budiya Avenue and what I’ve seen I am not happy about. I hope we the animal lovers and the government can do something about this.
    There were wild animals (jackals, monkeys) in a 1m x 1m cage. These animals belong in the wild these monkeys can’t swing around there is no space. There is not enough water of food in these cages and the owner is selling the animals (dogs, cats, birds, monkeys etc) for a very high price. One of the dogs had puppies and one was dead they did not even realise the pup is dead.
    There is no newspaper nor blankets in these cages. I am really concern for these animals.

    Is there anything we can do? Is there a higher authority we can speak too.

    Great job

  19. mahmood says:

    I’m not sure who to call in this case, particular about this “zoo” you’re talking about. I must do some investigation because even if I have never actually been there, I doubt very much they provide an animal environment like Monkey World or Australia Zoo.

    Okay, this is my task for the next few days, finding out who has the wherewithall to deal with these cruel places.

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