Sign up! Petition to help animals at the Souq
A new petition to improve conditions of animals at the Souq is doing the rounds, and if you haven’t signed it yet, you need to soon.
Over 500 people have already signed the petition online. The target is 5,000 signatures after which it will be delivered to the Director of Animal Resources Department and Head Veterinary License Commissioner at Ministry of Environment as well as the Director of Souq Waqif. Click here to sign, and help spread the word.[boxify position =”right” order =”none” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” border_style =”solid” ]In an earlier JustHere article, writer Nidhi Zakaria Eipe talks about the rampant trade of exotic animals at the Animal Souq in the country. Despite Qatar signing the CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) treaty in 2001 – an international agreement between governments designed to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival, the trade in exotic animals continues. [/boxify]
The petition brings to attention some of the disturbing malpractices carried out at the pet section of the Souq Waqif. Some of these include:
- Tortoises are placed in water with temperatures too high to survive. Plus the containers are overcrowded.
- Dead rabbits found lying in cages
- Baboons, considered the most dangerous monkeys in the world, are dressed in diapers and sold as pets. They are subjected to harsh treatment to tame them down.
- Birds’ wings are clipped to prevent them from flying which can cause injury if done incorrectly.
- Chicks are coloured with dyes, exposed to extreme temperatures without fresh water or food.
Poor, unhygienic living conditions have resulted in animals contracting various fatal diseases. There have been several cases of animals bought from the souq that have died within weeks of being brought home. In an earlier article, Dr Paul Hensen of Qatar Veterinary Center told JustHere that “these diseases are most likely to be prevalent in younger, under vaccinated animals that are taken prematurely from their mothers, because they sell more quickly and often fetch a higher price on the market due to the ‘cute’ factor”.