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Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare-Chairman’s message
I am pleased to write this message at the launching of the Website of the Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare (MSAW). Formerly known as the Mauritius Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, MSAW was founded in 1958 with the main objective of preventing cruelty to animals. The Society has since, assumed additional responsibilities but has continued to uphold the promotion of animal love and welfare in Mauritius, Rodrigues and Agalega.
Significant progress has been achieved in the field of animal welfare by MSAW with its small but highly dedicated staff. MSAW has and is still playing a major role in the control of stray dogs and cats, finding shelter for many unwanted pets while at the same time protecting public health and boosting tourism. Much emphasis is being placed on humane education to promote responsible pet ownership amongst the current generation and those to come.
Measures applied by MSAW to control the stray dog problem comply with the Animal Welfare Act of 2013 and are in accordance with standards, guidelines and recommendations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). However, and regrettably so, some people for purely selfish reasons, choose to systematically counteract the actions of MSAW with a view to discredit the Organisation and those who are in the forefront of animal welfare in our country.
The launching of this Website therefore comes at the opportune time in that it will serve to vehicle the true purpose, objectives and actions of the organisation to allow genuine animal lovers to have their own appreciation of its numerous activities. The Website will not only keep animal welfare lovers and the public in general informed of the various actions being undertaken in real-time but will also welcome constructive criticisms and suggestions. Animal welfare being a dynamic and evolving discipline, nobody can claim to know everything. We need to continuously update ourselves and the Website will provide an appropriate forum for this exercise.
MSAW continues to progress as an Institution and it is our duty to put into practice the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi who had stated that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
I wish the MSAW and the Website a long life.
Dr Dewan Sibartie