14 Nov 2009 11:59:
Hammersfan, I have deliberately waited before replying to your original post.
Firstly, I would like to say that I agree whole-heartedly with your comments regarding respecting/accepting the laws of the host country in which you may reside, be it permanently or temporarily. I speak from personal experience, as I have lived for the past 38 years in a country which is not my own.
As far as Tinosolera's letter to the Spanish Ambassador is concerned, it would seem that you have misunderstood her intentions. At no time, does Tinsolera demand anything, but requests that the existing laws be respected and applied. Her tone is respectful and her comments factual; she makes reference not only to Spanish, but also British citizens. The force of international/ political lobbying should not be under-estimated, and has indeed proved to be effective as far as animal rights are concerned, although there is still a great deal of work to be done. As I have stated in my post of 20th October, geographical frontiers should be no barrier to those who seek to help those who cannot help themselves.
I commend Tinosolera, Poppyseed, Joan and all others throughout the world who work so hard to protect and care for animals, who should never, ever be victims of Man's folly. Mahatma Ghandi said "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress, can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - would that all peoples of the world heed his words.
May I ask you to use the Search Engine of this site to look up a thread entitled "Gisela". It is not plesant viewing, but may bring home to you why we must never, ever remain complacent or consider "oh, that's just the way things are" as far as animal welfare is concerned. Animals enhance our lives, our moral duty is to cherish and protect them, and never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever cause them harm.
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