What a success! Our three day ‘roadshow’ campaign to stop the illegal roadside sale of live animals, which ended last week, reached out to hundreds of people in Lilongwe broadcasting animal care and welfare messages.
Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) in collaboration with Malawi Police Services, Lilongwe City Council and the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development recently carried a three day animal cruelty sensitization campaign targeting fifteen livestock markets and hotspots around Lilongwe district.
Using a Public Address system mounted on truck, the campaign team visited Lumbazi, Lilongwe Area 25, Area 47, Gateway Mall, Area 12, and Nanjiri among other places teaching people about laws that protect our animals and freedoms that animals have.
Animals being sold alongside the roads are subjected to cruelties which is illegal according to laws of Malawi, Animal Protection Act of 1970 (66).
We are very proud of the campaign outcome not only because people have understood the need to stop this trade, but also understood that animals as sentient beings have freedom just like humans do.
The emphasis of the campaign was to stop the roadside selling and vending of live animals and not to stop people from earning a living. There is still a lot of work to be done to improve the lives of animals especially during transportation and also improving the lives of people who depend on these animals.
On the bright side, the campaign gave us an opportunity to meet animal vendors and discuss solutions to solve the problem of animal cruelty and promote understanding which will prevent conflict in future.
The Ministry of Agriculture through the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development, and Lilongwe City Assembly have pledged to provide enough support to the program to ensure that the message reaches to all corners of the country and to continue working hand in hand to permanently stop the trade!