It’s no secret animals are my passion; my true love so to speak. Not so uncommon in places such as the USA and the UK, but somewhat rare in Kuwait. Fortunately I’m not alone. There are other truly amazing people who go above and beyond to educate others on animal welfare and care. I admire their efforts and genuine desire to make a difference.
These are two of my favorite blogs in Kuwait:
Humans & Animals — A fabulous blog posting extensive coverage of events regarding animals in Kuwait. Strays, abuse, neglect, adoption, shelters, Veterinary Hospitals, etc. This blog covers it all.
Ine*vet*able Fate — A beautifully written blog by a young Kuwaiti female studying to be a Veterinarian. She not only shares her personal experiences but also a variety of very useful information for pet owners.
A few days ago Humans & Animals blog posted about zoo animals being killed here in Kuwait due to cruelty and outright lack of knowledge. Many of the animals died due to being hit in the head with rocks shot with slingshots. Is this entertainment for some? Do people really take pleasure in watching an animal suffer and knowing they’re the cause of it? Other animals died because visitors of the zoo were feeding them everything from plastic bags to socks! Socks? Seriously? Was it fun to feed an animal a sock?
Animal cruelty cases are always shocking to me because it takes a ‘special’ kind of person to be mean to an animal. Animal abuse is not a game nor is it a ‘phase’ kids go through. It’s a warning sign for all parents and it shouldn’t be ignored. Children who abuse animals rarely stop there; many go on to abuse their wives, children, or resort to even more heinous crimes. Often times these children have also endured abuse at the hands of others. Talk to your children, get to know them, understand what’s going on in their lives. If you witness them abusing animals, take immediate action. Be an active parent.
Though I’m soon leaving Kuwait for a while, it doesn’t mean I’ll give up on hoping to bring attention to this topic. But it’s comforting to know there are others who invest great effort into making real changes as well.