Action for Animals Barbados (AFAB) has, like many other organisations, had to place on hold a number of its projects during this COVID-19 crisis. This is understandable, and to be expected under the Government’s directives.
However, in relation to Animal Welfare Organisations, there has been no specific directives provided, as to how those who work with or help animals, are to conduct their operations during the necessary curfews and shut-downs. In light of this, there is an urgent need for communications to begin by the relevant bodies, so that those involved in the welfare of animals, can be guided on how to operate in a safe and responsible manner to ensure that the welfare of animals is still taken care of, along with the welfare of those who are helping them.
For example, if an animal is injured, can organisations respond and how? Or if a litter of puppies is found, what is to be done? Can staff attend work? These are just a few of the scenarios that they face. During this crisis, the shelters, in particular, play a critical role, so any clarification on how they can best conduct their duties without breaking any laws, would be helpful.
Animal Control is the Unit to which canine problems should be reported – will their kennels be available to take in acute cases should any of the shelters not be able to? A directive from the Animal Control Unit or the Ministry of Health would be appreciated as to how and when they can respond to cases of neglect, abuse and cruelty, because unfortunately, this is a never-ending scenario in Barbados and threatens to get worse under these tight restrictions being imposed upon our society as a whole, (domesticated animals included). (PR)
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