Over the past two weeks I’ve tried to take a break from public animal activism simply because I wanted to try to end the year on a good note. Unfortunately however, the situation in Malta is such that I did not manage to stay away (at least not completely).
I have never seen so many animals looking for a home as much as I have in the last two weeks of the year, and to top it all off, the media seems to have been riddled with stories of cruelty and injustices towards animals.
One such story was that of the Malta Community Chest Fund practically excluding all animal NGOs and making it impossible for them to benefit, even marginally, from the money fundraised at the end of each year through L-Istrina.
Whilst I’ll bet my last dollar that 9 out of 10 people out there don’t know where the money raised by L-Istrina goes exactly, many will argue that the money should keep going towards children suffering from unimaginable diseases.
Truth is that this is not the only cause this money goes towards. Beneficiaries of the 2017 fund for instance included PHROM, Intelligent Transport Systems, Cross Culture International, Friends of Thuret, SOS Malta, and many others. You can find the full list here.
And whilst I’m in no way implying that the money is not put to good use by the chosen NGOs, I’m sickened to know that the Malta Community Chest Fund so blatantly discriminates against animal NGOs supposedly because there isn’t enough money to go around (even with a surplus and one of the best economies in Europe) and because, humans are automatically presumed better and superior to animals.
The President of Malta has now pledged to help animal NGOs through the proceeds of the Citrus Festival. To date however, this Festival is not known to have ever managed to raise any funds, so how this will work rests to be seen.
In the meantime, we are now well into 2018 and still waiting for Hon. Clint Camilleri to deliver on his promise to free chained dogs from their misery by finally passing the bill that will allow this to be enforced.