Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Animal Cruelty Diary: Chicken Transportation

Jones Phiri, makes an honest living selling chickens near area 18 Dip Tank , his usual spot is right beneath a large mango tree which helps him escape the scorching sun.

Located a few feet from his position is a parked bicycle which is leaning against the tree; on top of the bicycle carrier is a carefully place cage that is housing two local chickens.

A small scale business man, Mr. Phiri patiently waits there, all day if he has to, for a buyer.

Next to his bicycle are a bunch of leaves which according to Phiri are used to provide shade for the chickens during transportation. A look into cage reveals a plate of feed and some water for the chickens. 

"In order to attract the best clients in need to keep my chickens in good shape that’s why I make sure that they have adequate food and water and are kept out of the sun", explained Phiri.

Unfortunately, very few people in the country feel the same compassion for animals as Phiri does. These days it is a common sight in towns and surrounding locations to see chickens carried in large numbers with their legs bound together on a bicycle frame or handle-bar with their heads down, these chickens are carried this way for a long distance.

Transporting Chickens in this manner has become the most common form of animal cruelty practiced in our society today; unfortunately such acts have become the norm and many people seem not to care about the animal’s suffering.

Lonjezo Jackson, another chicken seller, says he opts to transport his chickens on handle bars because this enables him to carry as many chickens as possible.

“I am a poor man and I need to make money for my family, if I use the cages I will make less money.
“Does it really matter if they suffer, they will be slaughtered anyway…….besides they are only Chickens”, said Jackson.

What many people like Mr. Jackson fail to realize is that animals need as much care and love as we do; for example, if chickens are kept and confined in stressful condition or are not provided with adequate medical services, they will not grow healthy hence will not produce good eggs or meat production, this eventually affects the seller’s income.

But most importantly, treating them in this way is a direct violation of the Animal Protection Act; Cap 66: 01 of the Malawian Constitution which condemns any form of cruelty towards animals.

Realizing that most people are not aware of this act LSPCA conducts education seminars with various stakeholders and tries to sensitize them on the Animal Protection Act.

LSPCA also runs Humane Education Lessons in schools and communities as well as educate animal transporters like Jackson on the proper transportation methods and at the same time tries to instil a sense of compassion towards animal’s welfare.

In order to aid in LSPCA's mission Mr. Phiri has vowed to teach his fellow chicken seller on how they can also properly take care of their chickens.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


People who come to LSPCA are often amazed by Theodore's kind and gentle nature towards humans and other dogs.

However, despite his sweet and gentle character, Theodor’s chances of finding a proper home are very slim as he has a leg deformity affecting his gait, but not causing him any pain.

Theodore first arrived at LSPCA when he was around four months old. He was weak on all four legs and could hardly stand and was very shy in nature.

Theodore is now stronger on his back legs but still struggles a little on his front legs due to a laxity of the joints, though it doesn’t cause him pain, this prevents him from running fast or for long periods.  
The Vets at the LSPCA are hopeful that with time, as he grows and with increased exercise his legs will strengthen and his disability will be reduced, though it is likely he will remain with some degree of limb deformity.

However, regardless of his disability he will be able to get around comfortably and live a happy life.  He has such a special character the LSPCA staff are wishing for him to be united with a special adoptee who can see past his deformity.

Friday, 28 February 2014

LSPCA saves life of puppy

This dog was found badly injured in the garage of one our supporters. It had a large wound on its head, probably caused from being hit with a sharp instrument, such as a machete.

Upon arrival to LSPCA clinic, the puppy looked terrified and judging by his appearance he must have suffered immensely at the hands of his owners or members of the public as he was roaming the streets looking for food and proper care.

The puppy was malnourished and with high worm and flea burden. Once stabilized he was given a vaccination, de-wormer and flea treatment as well as adequate medical treatment for his wound.

Today, his wounds have completely healed and is a lot friendlier towards humans. He will soon be ready for adoption after he is out of quarantine in two next two weeks.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Finding a needle in a haystack

Mr Li made the responsible decision to get his cat spayed, but unfortunately the wound got infected when his cat wouldn't stop licking the sutures.

Mr Li came up with what he thought was an ingenious plan of making (cat's name) a dress out one of his old jumper sleeves.  Unfortunately the cat's compulsive tendancies didn't stop there as she licked up the needle &thread and swallowed it whole! 

Mr Li desperately tried to retrieve said needle from the back of his precious pet's throat, with no success.  He rushed the cat to the LSPCA where she was immediately anaesthetised and x-rayed.

Luckily needles show up clearly on x-rays and it was localised to the stomach. Our resident Vet was able to retrieve it from the stomach, after a few mutterings about " finding a needle in a haystack"!

The cat is doing well & back home with Mr Li, thankful she has a buster collar not a dress to wear! 

The needle after it was removed from the cats stomachs

Our Vet, Sophie carefully removing the needle from the cats stomach

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

LSPCA amputates leg to save dogs life

It was around 6 o’clock on a Saturday evening, when one LSPCA Vets got an urgent call from one of our supporters informing her about a dog that had been involved in a hit and run accident in area 3 the night before.

Due to the accident, the dog had suffered severe injuries that included a badly shattered front leg.

To add insult to injury, many passers-by had been throwing stones at the poor animal, believing it was rabid, despite its obvious friendly nature.

Such incidents are unfortunately common in Malawi; a lot of people prefer stoning stray or injured dogs to death than reporting it to the relevant authorities.

Such acts clearly demonstrate the lack of compassion and understanding that some people have for animals in the country. This is one of the reasons for LSPCA intensifying its Humane Education lessons in schools and communities in Lilongwe and the surrounding areas.

By the time the LSPCA had arrived in the area, the dog was helplessly lying in a storm drain needing urgent medical attention.

Surprisingly, despite being shamelessly victimized, the dog was genuinely friendly to the humans, once his pain relief was administered.  A muzzle was only used as a precaution for staff when transporting the dog.  For this reason the team believes the dog has previously had plenty of interactions with humans and a strong possibility that the dog was not stray but instead was a missing dog that had an owner.

In a rush to save his life, the dog was immediately taken to LSPCA emergency clinic. It is through the kind support of our donors and partners that LSPCA managed to perform a critical surgery that resulted in doctors amputating the dog’s leg.

Today, barely a week after his operation, this dog is happily back on his feet. He regularly enjoys dragging his caretaker around the LSPCA compound, when taken out for a walk.

The LSPCA is still searching for the owner or a new home for this lovely male.  Thank you to all our supporters who have made this possible.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Get your pets spayed

Trixie narrowly escaped a caesarean section, after being unexpectedly mated with a larger dog. She finally gave birth naturally on our consult room table and the picture shows her with her large first born puppy.

Although the pregnancy was unplanned, the owners of the dog have gladly welcomed the little ones into their family, but realize the importance of getting her spayed before this can happen again. This highlights the potential risks of unwanted pregnancies to mother and babies’ health as well as financial implications for the owner of not addressing the reproductive status of their pet. 

Look out for follow-up pictures of Trixie and her offspring on the LSPCA facebook site!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

LSPCA holds AKC workshop

Naomi Kabala is one Malawian who has made a vow to safe guard the welfare of animals in the country through educating students in her class and club about the importance good animal welfare.

Kabala, a school teacher and Animal Kindness Club patron at Kaliyeka LEA school says that a lot of people do not take issues of animal kindness to heart mainly because of culture and attitude.

“With proper information we have a chance to change the mindset of our future generation,” she said.

Kabala was among a group of AKC patrons that gathered at LSPCA offices on 19 December, 2013 for an AKC training workshop that was aimed at creating a platform where patrons would be able to come together and share ideas, skills and experiences on how to effectively run the AKC’s.

The workshop, which brought together patrons from 20 public primary schools in Lilongwe, consisted of several presentations from LSPCA facilitators, a tour of the LSPCA compound as well as focus group discussions among the participants.

Kabala said that through discussions and presentations they were able to draw up activities that will be implemented in the 2014 school calendar.

According to the Kaliyeka patron, teachers have agreed to conduct several inter- school competitions in order to create a stronger network of AKCs.

During his presentation, LSPCA Programmes director Richard Ssuna said that teachers have an important role to play in disseminating information about animal welfare in the schools and in their communities.

He urged them to continue working closely with LSPCA and said that their interest to take part in the workshop reveals just how committed they are to protecting animal welfare in the country.

Other presenters included Education officers; Edson Chiweta, Christopher Zambira and LSPCA Veterinarian Sophie Widdowson.