My adoration for pets is up in the sky.They are the greatest treasures that I posses, they don’t lie, they are not materialistic, they are not a nuisance ….list goes on and on.I could be wrong, but recent indications in Africa suggest animal suffering is lessening and is no longer fashionable.In a recent study,tracking the ebb and flow of the animal protection movement as a first-hand observer since 2005 to 2015 has revealed plenty of good news about how cruelty in animal is reducing. Researchers based in South Africa conducted research into the contemporary animal protection movement which emerged in Africa around 2000s and the early animal protection movement of the 19th century that was mainly inherited by locals from colonialists like Britons, French and Germans.I am not mistaken that the African communities seems increasingly unimpressed by animal suffering. On July this year, animal activists in Africa took to social media to advise African on the need to ensure breeding animals do not live in poor conditions and plan in advance that once the thrill of the impulse purchase wears off,young dogs do not find themselves on the street, they also condemned regulation which they descried as poor as authorities aren’t easily able to keep breeders in check.Online activists who were in their thousands called for an end to puppy farms and did so under the banner of safe pet.
All kinds of people were sharing their views on social media platforms and from my point of view, they weren’t a fringe group of animal liberationists. They cheered for those supported them with retweets and bullied those who spoke against their idea. The posts, the tweets and the comments all suggest one thing that the community in Africa is not impressed by animal suffering.They feel they must spend time and money communicating similar messages to the community. And the speed with which an apparently small army of animal activists challenged the legitimacy of those who don’t care about welfare of the animals, seems very telling.Likewise, community support for animal care among Africans aged 50 years and above does not appear to be growing. Rather, those who have always opposed those practices still oppose them, and their numbers continue to swell as others decide they too must speak out.Of course, legislative change is slow in most African countries, if it occurs at all. Animal advocates know this, and online activists made reference to the need for community level change. Given the number of community members apparently concerned enough to take to the social media sites, that change may be afoot.It does seem as though the tide is turning against animal suffering. I will be very interested to see whether the trend continues and where it takes Africa as a whole.