by Kimberley Cummins
The Animal Control Unit’s efforts to educate Barbadians on the proper ways of treating animals seem to be working however there is still much more to be done.
This admission was made this afternoon by Animal Control Officer, Curtis Thompson as Barbados, for the first time recognised World Animal Day.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY at the Unit in Black Rock, St. Michael, Thompson said that because of courses such as the Dog Care and Welfare Certificate course taught at the Barbados Community College, they had seen an attitudinal change in Barbadians in terms of how they treated animals.
“Our cultural upbringing is such that we used to just collect animals and place them in the yard, for example the dog would just be there to bark and alert when an intruder is there and he was also there to receive some food scrapes that we throw out. As we are evolving that is changing but it is still lingering, that is why we are striving to work on establishing such a day in Barbados. It is necessary for us to do so, we must at our juncture in our development, endeavour to generate the type of awareness within the Barbadian population that animals are important.
“The mission of World Animal Day is to celebrate animal life in all its forms, to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom, to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives- from companion or for therapeutic reasons and to acknowledge and be thankful for the ways in which animals enrich our lives.”
He added that while the society continues to improve they were still getting some dogs admitted full of fleas and other parasites hence when the canines ended up at the Unit, based on a veterinarian’s decisions,