World Animal Day celebrated in Gambia

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Gambia College / University of The Gambia Animal Welfare Advocates in partnership with the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust on Tuesday commemorated World Animal Day under the theme ‘Animal welfare should be the concern of everyone’.

The day was commemorated in form of a march past led by the scout band from the outskirt of Brikama to the office of the governor of West Coast Region in Brikama.

Speaking on the occasion, coordinator of the Gambia College / UTG Animal Welfare Advocates, Abdou Manneh, said the commemoration was aimed at promoting awareness creation to improve the lives and livelihood of both animals and the people.

Deputy Governor of West Coast Region Musa Suso said taking care of the welfare of animals is equally important as animals are very important in communities, particularly farming communities.

He said his office is not only concern with the welfare of humans but animals as well.

“We will give you all the necessary support to disseminate the information to the communities through the district chiefs,” Mr Suso said. 

Director of Horse and Donkey Trust, Madam Heather Armstrong, applauded the Gambia College / UTG Animal Welfare Advocates and encouraged them to continue the good job.

Dr Kebba Daffeh, adviser to the animal welfare advocates, said animals too play crucial roles in the socioeconomic development of any country. 

“Caring for animals will greatly improve production and productivity,” he said, adding that animals should not be treated anyhow.

Dr Daffeh pointed out that the welfare of animals is completely neglected but with the coming of the animal welfare advocates, there could be improvement in the way people handle animals. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh