Tuesday, 16 June 2015

My Speech

Animal Abuse

How would you like to be thrown on the road like a tin can? How would you like to be whipped every time you talk? How would you like your home taken away?

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, today I am talking about animal abuse, how common it is, what the rights of every animal are and finally what you can do if you see animal abuse happening.

Patch my kitten was dumped, 2-3 weeks before we moved. We lived on a farm and there was a forestry block next door to us. She was only 15cm small and she walked 2km! We found her in the woolshed. There were about 5 other cats that went to other places.

A few weeks ago, on Seven Sharp people in Auckland were serving people sea food still alive! What do you think about that? Would you like that? I wouldn't. This is just a couple of examples of animal abuse and unfortunately these events happen daily throughout New Zealand.

In my research I found out that every year SPCA centres receive 60,000 animals through their doors and 14,000 animal welfare complaints.

Perhaps if people followed the Five Freedoms rule that the SPCA uses then this number would be far lower. The Five Freedoms are five things that as a pet owner you need to make sure of.

They are.  Freedom from:

1. Hunger or thirst,

2. Discomfort and no shelter.

3. Disease and injury,

4. Distress and pain,

5. Freedom to Display normal behaviour.               

So what should you do if you see someone abusing an animal?
You should call the police and try and write down as much information as you can.
Things like.what the person looks like, the type of animal, the  licence plate number of the car, or the address.
It's really important that you don't go and try and deal with the situation yourself as you could get hurt as well.
Always call the police, and they, with the SPCA, will come to help.

Now you have heard about some examples of abuse, how common it is, what the requirements of owning a pet are and what you should do if you see someone hurting or abusing an animal.
When you go home today, I hope you will think about what I have told you, and give your own pet an extra pat or hug to show them how much you love them.

The Lions speech competition was on Sunday 21st June. I didn't get a placing but I enjoyed it.

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