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LSPCA committed in promoting animal welfare

Written by  Daniel Namwini
Chulu (c) prepares to deliver his speech... Chulu (c) prepares to deliver his speech...

Lilongwe, November 3, 2017: Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) through the Department of Animal Health and Livestock said they are committed to raise the status of animal welfare standards in Malawi and around the globe.

LSPCA Humane Education Coordinator, Edson Chiweta made the remarks Friday at Lilongwe L.E.A primary school during the World Animal Day Commemorations where he highlighted the plight that chickens face in Malawi and also bring to light solutions to improve on the same.

“We believe that if we increase the awareness and education to the public, vendors and even the customers together we can achieve a world where animals are seen as sentient beings,” said Chiweta.

He however said LSPCA is currently working with different primary schools in humane awareness campaign to teach the chuldren on the rights of animals.

Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) the guest of honour for the event, Deputy Director of Animal Health and Livestock Department, Dr. Julius Chulu said as a medical authority for the health and welfare of animals they offer integrated principles for developing and evaluating animal welfare policies, resolutions and actions.

“The responsible use of animals for human purposes, such us companionship, food, fiber, recreation, work, education, exhibition, and research conducted for the benefit of both human and animals, is consistent with the veterinarians oath,” said Chulu.

He further said decisions regarding animal care, use and welfare shall be made by balancing scientific knowledge and professional judgement with consideration of ethical and societal values.

“Animals must be provided water, food, proper handling, health care and an environment appropriate to their care and use, with thoughtful consideration for their species-type biology and behavior.

“Animals should be cared for in ways that minimize fear, pain, stress and suffering,” he said.

Chulu added that procedures related to animal housing, management, care and use should be continuously evaluated and when indicated refined or replaced. He said conservation and management of animal populations should be humane, socially responsible and scientifically prudent.

“Animals shall be treated with respect and dignity throughout their lives and when necessary provide a humane death,” he added.

He said the veterinary profession shall continually strive to improve animal health and welfare through scientific research, education, collaboration, advocacy and the development of registration and regulations.

The event was spiced up with different activities like poems, plays related to the theme of the event on promoting the welfare of animals by school learners from M’buka, and Lilongwe L.E.A primary school, and Saint John’s primary school.

Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) is planning to go to different areas around the country to sensitize people on animal welfare more especially on chickens.

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