In the world there is a majority presence of women in associations, platforms, initiatives and movements in defense of animal rights. And chile is no exception. The recent forest fires and some news events reminded us of the strength of the female power in this matter.
By: Valeska Silva Pohl.
In disasters like the one that recently affected much of the south-central area is where we see an obvious female power. Because the authorities have concentrated their efforts on ending the tragedy, foundations and organizations animalists have been mobilized to go to the animal rescue. It is then when we find ourselves with the hard work of powerful women.
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Are proactive, have social and environmental awareness and, also, put their professions at the service of a cause, in this case, the animalistic. But this strong feminine presence is not a coincidence. Culturally and historically we’ve been that we develop greater empathy towards animals. «The women saw clearly, from the late NINETEENTH century, to defend the rights of a collective oppressed entailed the need to expand the vindication of those rights on the other, dominated as animals, the slaves and the children», explained the founder of the Parliamentary Association in Defense of Animals (APDDA) of Spain, Francisco Garrido, in September last. And in Chile we have faces that lead to the protection of animals, and that we want to visiblizar.
Carolina Pine left inamediato to the call of help from the south. It is part of their daily work. A psychologist by profession, is the director of the Foundation Suyai, an organization that promotes the rights of animals and responsible pet ownership.
For Carolina, the experience has been very intense and rewarding. «The response of the children, especially, shows us a significant change with respect to motivation, empathy, and also help them well in the self-esteem. And as they are our future, it is very important to share with them the love and respect for pets. They replicated this in their own families, which generates a social impact with regard to issues such as animal abuse».
The foundation also operating mass sterilization in towns and camps, makes it easy care, veterinary, and despite the fact that do not have a shelter, «yes, we have many volunteers with foster homes, we rescue pets at risk, which are rehabilitated, sterilized and vaccinated, to be subsequently submitted for adoption». Currently Suyai delivery around 40 pets in adoption cadda month, mainly thanks to a strong action that is generated through social networks.
But it also face difficulties. The resources are scarce the face of so many problems and requirements. «The financing of the organization is thanks to the contribution of individuals, and we also do specific campaigns to specific situations, and strategic alliances to raise funds».
In addition to a psychologist, Carola Pino is a therapist in Bach Flowers for animals, a tool that allows you to improve the conditions of their rescued, especially in cases associated with abuse. What made it «click» in it and the led to be completely dedicated to this topic was when he found a dog with a fractured skull while he was studying, and before you could not stay indifferent. «He spent several months in rehabilitation at a clinic, but finally we managed to recover it and deliver it in adoption.» After that came several rescues more. In fact now last the Foundation –with more than 4 years of existence– he worked hard in the gathering of funds and necessities to go to the aid of injured animals after forest fires.
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At the beginning of last January we could see the brutal beating that ended the life of Cholito, an abandoned dog, who frequented the neighborhood Board of trustees. Thanks to the social networks this became public. The Foundation Suyai, is expressed with force, such as other organizations, communities, families and people in general, which also was Celeste Jimenez.
Celeste is a lawyer, master in Criminal Law and master in Litigation. It is dedicated to the work animal from a very young age. In fact he worked as an announcer at radio Chilena in Talca from the age of 15, a programme where he spent part important to create awareness of the good treatment towards the animals.
«When I went to study Law materialicé my interest in the animal world through the study and promotion of animal protection. I began to work on collecting signatures for Greenpeace, when very few in Talca knew of the work of this international organization,» he recalls.
«From my studies, I became interested in animal abuse, as a crime stipulated in the Criminal Code, article 291-bis, which punishes both the cruelty as animal abuse. I started studying and then advising organizations animal until I was in Talca to the humane Society for Animal Welfare». So he decided to put his profession in the service of one of the causes in which he believed. «I firmly believe that the animals are neglected in the society, that we are in debt with them, and the right is the way to achieve the justice and the balance necessary to pay off that debt.»
Celeste argues that in the country there is an progress in the past 50 years in terms of the installation of the theme of animal protection as a matter of law, «but beyond this, what is required is the design of a public policy on animal protection, according to the needs of the species, and consistent with what people expect of the State. Today, citizens want animals to be protected by the State, and they want them to be punished subjects who committed child abuse or cruelty to animals; there is a greater social conscience».
The legislation on the protection of animals is concentrated in the crime of Animal Abuse since the year 1989, and the Animal Protection Law, which dates back to 2009, «it is still not applicable for being merely declarative for the most part and because we have not drafted the regulations,» says the lawyer.
«Organizations that make a focused effort in the assistance, rescue, adoption, sterilization, and other who can get a team more prepared to discuss public policies, are all private. In my case I have worked in all these scenarios, but I believe in the work macro to generate major changes for many animals. I have worked for each organization in which he has requested me… In all there is an end in common, which is to do something that the State does not, and it is a grueling task when there is no support or progress to deep».
It highlights the fact that in Chile there is a protocol for animal rescue in disaster areas, which means that there are no public resources allocated to it. «Today, Chile suffers the loss of thousands of animals, from accompanying the people in their homes or in their work, until the protected species that are slowly disappearing without being rescued from the fire. We have requested as a AnimaNaturalis –association to which it belongs– a reactivation of the enactment of the draft law 6589-12, which rests in the Congress from the year 2009, in which addresses topics such as the animals no longer to be determined as «things» until they are incorporated in the protocols of disasters of the Onemi. All the points that were not covered by the Animal Protection Law, and that we detect in their time, were the object of this project, and re-arise in every tragedy.
Referring to the recent fires that affected the central-south zone of our country, Celeste points out that «we managed the installation of field hospitals in Constitution and Nirivilo, providing veterinary supplies and the care of about 200 animals, which are only a small sample of the thousands that were affected. This work demonstrates that, without the action of individuals and private organizations, the animals are in the absolute helplessness in the worst situations.»
* Thanks to the initiative of the Martinez family, of Doñihue, Sixth Region, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and the Foundation EDRA, was born REAMA: Emergency Shelter Larger Animals. The organization was created with the goal of providing shelter temporarily to cows, horses, lambs, pigs and other larger animals or of farm, homeless and/or injured by forest fires.
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