The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" ~Jeremy Bentham
News and Updates
This page will be updated regularly with news regarding the progress of the Appeal, the SSPCA building project, and other happenings regarding animal cruelty in The Seychelles.
Dog Poisoning Article Published
Attached is an article which was published in the Nation on Saturday 13th February 2010. It was submitted by the S.S.P.C.A.
Anne Rose-Innes, SSPCA
Welcome from Chris Nellist
Welcome to the Greg Lake Appeal on the SSPCA's campaign's site. We would like you to know how grateful we are that you are helping with this appeal. As you will see by the many disturbing photos, cruelty and poisoning of animals is common. There is little if any will by the authorities to prosecute and as there is no government pound for stray animals, poisoning is used as a form of population control. We urgently need to build a shelter with clinic and education centre, in order to tackle cruelty from all angles. We have the land, the heart and the will, all we need now are the finances. Whatever you can donate, no matter how small (or large), will be humbly and gratefully received on behalf of all the suffering animals here in the Seychelles. We will have periodic updates to keep you informed, so please visit us again. Attached to this site is the Campaigns email and we hope you will write letters to the Minister of Environment and the Attorney General complaining of the cruelty and lack of prosecutions. If you have visited our islands and have your own story, like Greg, please let us have your story. This is our ammunition, our 'levers for change'. On behalf of all the animals here in these islands - thank you.
Chris Nellist, SSPCA.
Project Details, by Chris
Thank you so much for taking the time to check us out. Without your help it will be years before we can get any form of Shelter let alone the other facilities which our CAWS project aims to provide for the animals and people of the Seychelles. Here are some details of our project from Chris and Mrs. Rose-Innes, our Vice-Chairman.
1. The CAWS project will be the first step in stopping the government use of poison for managing the stray-dog population. We have tried to convince them of the cruelty and the ineffectiveness of this method but it is a quick fix on an island where tourists see stray dogs. Our shelter will mean the dogs can be caught and brought to our centre where we shall try to rehome them.Read more.
2. There are no private veterinary facilities in Seychelles, and the gov. vet dept. does not really have the manpower, facilities, drugs or equipment to handle the animal population - particularly that of the small animals. (This weekend for example, I took my cat to the vet - he needed an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and eye ointment - they had none of these and I had to open up the SSPCA and draw all these medications. They then needed IV fluid for the next patient who was in a severe state of shock - and asked if SSPCA could assist - I passed on 3 bottles of Dextrose 5%. Had I not just happened to be there - what would have happened to that animal?) Michael Adams our famous artist had one of his horses die just recently because the vets had no drugs or the equipment to help it.
3. There is no Government pound for animals (farm or domestic) that have been confiscated from their owners, or perhaps form part of evidence in a case awaiting prosecution. These cases could involve cruelty, neglect or even theft. You will see the photograph of the Boxer, this has been confiscated by the police but there was nowhere for it to go - she is with a 'foster-home' now while we await the prosecution of its owner the FIRST EVER PROSECUTION in the Seychelles - all thanks to the great effort of two of our members.
4. There are proposed 60 kennels which will house both strays awaiting adoption (again there are currently no such facilities), as well as a boarding facility. (No boarding kennels in Seychelles - what do owners do at present - they usually leave them to fend for themselves when they go away). These private kennels will be an important part of our self-sustainability for the shelter.
5. A shop selling a variey of basic animal products like worming and heartworm tablets, flea and tick medications and collars, leads, etc. again to help with sustainability.
6. A properly equipped dispensary with a full range of medicines (see No. 1 as an example of what is presently the case). This is a vital part of what we wish to offer. As you see from No. 1 there are problems with Foreign Exchange here so the Government Vets have great difficulty in purchasing drugs anyway, let alone making sure there are enough on the island on a day-to-day basis.
7. An X-ray room - again, the vets seldom use their x-ray - for years after they received this as a donation, they didn't get the fixative and developer necessary to use it. If they do take an xray, their 'plates' are apparently of such poor quality that reading the x-ray is extremely difficult.
8. A properly equipped hospital, with 24 hour care. No such thing exists at the vets - if an animal stays overnight, there is a security guard (who is usually blind drunk) left in charge......
9. A laboratory where diagnoses are carried out. At present no such facility exists - no blood testing is done - no CBC's, no blood smears etc - all basic services that would be available at any overseas vet. Imagine the impact that this lack of facilities has on the farming animals - how do they detect any diseases present?
10. An Education Centre - where groups of school children and adults will view a huge variety of educational material on display. Workshops teaching humane treatment of animals. Interactive and education programs working with animals - this list is long....a meeting place for various role players concerned with animal welfare - local ministries and NGO's etc.
11. A grooming parlour - nothing like this exists - it may sound like an unnecessary luxury, but we have so many of these little fluffy 'house dogs' and their owners have no idea how to care for their coats which require regular brushing. Many of these that come in to be sterilized at the SSPCA have coats that are so knotted that the fur is literally starting to pull away from the skin - resulting in terrible pain for the animal.
We see the Centre as a haven for both animals and people - where we can draw in the community and encourage involvement and volunteering. Obviously it needs to be self-sustainable in order to continue providing the above list of services. We have done a detailed study of the projected income and expenses, and we are confident that if we charge reasonable prices for the services, that the Centre will be sustainable. So many pet owners in Seychelles say that they don't mind paying whatever is necessary - they just want to have the service and facilities available when their animals are sick or injured.
Thanks again guys for checking us out and please spread the word.
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Some Thoughts on Our Situation, by Chris
In the past the government of the Seychelles has not taken the situation seriously enough; however, due to the brave efforts of the SSPCA this is now changing. The SSPCA are extremely grateful for the government's recent help in granting us this new piece of land and for their willingness to co-operate, to help us bring about a change in the appalling situation regarding animal abuse.
The recently introduced SSPCA School's Education Programme will slowly educate the younger members of our community and our regular newspaper articles are used to educate the population at large on all issues relating to animal welfare. In doing so we will show how care and consideration for the animals and wildlife on the islandS are definitely in the interest of both individuals and society alike. In the meantime our focus is pretty much exclusively on raising money to build this shelter.