- Kuwait Times Extra
According to the German magazine Spiegel Online, police recently rescued a squirrel from under a manhole cover. After hearing frantic shrieks coming from the street, a woman in Hanover, Germany discovered the creature under the manhole. Apparently the squirrel became caught when it lodged its head in the opening of a manhole cover.
The woman called local police, who at first struggled to release the squirrel from the unintended trap. Luckily, with the help of a little olive oil, police officers managed to ensure a happy ending.
This story must, indeed, encourage many public authorities to do more for animals and create more ways to prevent harm occurring to animals.
There are many individual efforts from within Kuwaiti society which are genuinely helping animals. These free services include privately owned shelters, providing medicine as well as food, and focusing on problems which must be highlighted and never ignored.
Animals co-exist with us on earth and have souls as part of the creation of the universe. However, they are defenseless creatures that can’t speak out about their rights and abuses.
Here in Kuwait, there must be a real appreciation for those self-made efforts that donate food, shelter and even medicine to lost cats and dogs. Furthermore, we need to regulate many activities, such as hunting in the desert, improving the conditions of imported sheep , providing more care in pet shops, as well as in the Friday market. We must also put a stop to dog fighting and monitor animal slaughter areas.
There is no point of continuing with the same level of harm, and more efforts should be taken by public authorities to expand our protection over agriculture and fish resources ; especially in regard to the mentioned examples.
Currently, there must be more efficiency in environmental protection from the public authority through more coordination and providing higher awareness levels to the public about environmental issues. We must also support the role of the environmental police units to combat any violations to nature, including the animal world.
By Labeed Abdal
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