Despite a brief drizzle, animal rights activists weren’t deterred as they gathered on the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday afternoon to share their message of compassion with the general public.
The activists, who’re a part of the Venus: Doggess of Love Tobago-based animal rescue organisation, gathered close to Queen’s Royal College and started a quick march across the savannah calling for extra empathy in society.
Speaking with Newsday earlier than the march, founder and president of the group Elspeth Duncan mentioned whereas activists have been vocal in regards to the inhumane therapy of animals, she felt a visible expression was essential to emphasize the significance of empathy in direction of animals and people alike.
Referring to an incident during which a 24-year-old Tobago man was arrested and charged for killing a Siberian Husky final week, Duncan mentioned she hoped passers by might perceive the worth of displaying kindness to animals.
“If we cried out about that, individuals do not pay attention. We might speak till the cows come dwelling about animal abuse, and nonetheless nothing adjustments. So we thought let’s undertaking love as a result of love is what is required to alter the cruelty.
“All of those statements apply to animal rescue and welfare, the whole lot on these indicators might be utilized to animals, but it surely will also be utilized to people.
“We selected this route as a result of the world wants love. Look on the scenario with the Ukraine and Russia. We need to unfold that message of affection because the world energy for animals and folks.”
Duncan additionally referred to as for higher enforcement of animal-abuse legal guidelines and extra consciousness for pet homeowners on easy methods to correctly care for animals.
Some of the activists wore hats within the form of canine heads as they carried indicators calling for an finish to animal abuse.