Press release: Pan African condemnation of upcoming KZN Bull killing
only three months to go before another bull is torn apart to die a terrified
and agonising death, animal welfare representatives from 10 African countries
have called on the South African Parliament to denounce this annual ritual
as unbecoming of the modern face of Africa .
At the end of the first-ever pan-African conference on animal welfare, held
in Nairobi , Kenya , on 21- 24 September 2009, delegates unanimously called
for the recognition of animals as 'sentient', deserving of care, respect
Delegates also signed a petition calling on the South African Parliament
to halt, with immediate effect, the bare handed killing of the bull at the
First Fruit Festival in Kwa Zulu-Natal usually held on the first Saturday
in December each year. The petition stated: "We believe that cruelty
to animals is not the face of Africa that will see us contributing to global
discourse as competent and dignified participants." Countries that
took part in the conference included Somali, Uganda, Egypt, DR Congo, Nigeria,
Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and South Africa.
about the conference, please go to: www.anaw.org
Ngonyo, Director: Africa Network for Animal Welfare.
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