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For Animal Welfare Zimbabwe (VAWZ)
February 06, 2013
I am writing
this from a very snow laden Norfolk - I was so excited when
it first started snowing last week- but 8 days later I have had
enough! - we have had snow on top of snow, then ice, then
more snow, the icicles hanging outside my flat window are getting
longer each day, & my car is just completely buried in the white
Walking up to
the shops on pathways inches deep in snow is not for the faint-hearted,
& one runs the gauntlet of kids throwing snowballs in all directions
(think they take great delight if they hit a pensioner - by
mistake, of course!). If it is not snowballs, it is toddlers sitting
in sledges passing at great speed pulled by exhausted grandparents.
Think I spend
more on wild birdseed than I do on my own food - but that's
all part of winter in the UK!
I had been hoping
to generate some funding for VAWZ locally, but all the well-established
animal welfare organizations here, because of the recession are
battling for funding for themselves, so understandably, they just
don't have the means to help animals outside the UK. A horse
sanctuary here in Norfolk, last year took in 250 horses & ponies
that had been surrendered or abandoned, more than any previous year.
I met up with VAWZ Trustee Cindy Griffith in London, together with
Donnamarie O'Connell of the RSPCA - where we discussed
possible ways of helping VAWZ. Cindy and I are soon to have a meeting
with The Brooke (a UK based charity for working equines) who in
2011 gave a generous grant to VAWZ for it's work with donkeys.
Having sent detailed reports & photos of our work in 2012, The
Brooke has invited VAWZ to meet with them with a view to further
funding. I have always wanted to see a permanent Donkey Clinic established
in Beitbridge - maybe at last this can be achieved?!
I am in regular
touch with Mel and the VAWZ Inspectors who continue to do a fantastic
job - can't tell you much I miss them all..
The VAWZ Fundraising
team also send me news of their activities - without them
VAWZ could not continue with it's vital work - so know
you will continue to support all their fundraising efforts.
Finally - out
of sight is not out of mind, & the animals of Zimbabwe are ALWAYS
in my thoughts.
with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Rose Nurse at
Borradaile Hospital in Marondera on Friday 1st February, 2013. She
will be remembered for her strength of character & loyalty to
issues and people that she cared about, especially her unconditional
love for animals, which stood her in good stead as a formidable
Chairman of Harare SPCA in the 90's.
A great golfer
and gardener, Rose led a very full life until she became so incapacitated
by poor health. Animal welfare in Zimbabwe has lost a valiant champion".
VAWZ news (Mel and the Inspectors)
last week managed to apprehend notorious puppy vendor Rickson Madanhire
who had 2 puppies, both with terrible "fly-strike" wounds
on their heads. The puppies were immediately taken for treatment
and Madanhire incarcerated. Investigations revealed a past history
of his being wanted for several offences under the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act & including others of assault. VAWZ Inspectors
liased with the Public Prosecutor and at the court hearing the Judge
sentenced Madanhire to 6 months in jail. VAWZ staff acknowledges
and appreciates the support given to them by the Zimbabwe Republic
Police, the Public Prosecutor and members of the public who report
the illegal vendors.
VAWZ staff recently
returned from Victoria Falls where, working with the Division of
Vet Field Services staff and using rabies vaccines donated by Wild
Horizons Wild LifeTrust, 321 dogs and 9 cats were vaccinated and
minor ailments treated. An exhausting few days but so beneficial
to the local community.
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