Those Compassionate Canadians

Canadians are seemingly a very compassionate people and they jump to action whenever they see the suffering that neglect and misery brings about. For two Canadians who visited Cuba recently, the suffering they witnessed proved too much for their sensibilities, and they are doing something about it. Forget about all those Cubans enslaved and repressed by a brutal and murderous regime; the ones who really need help in Cuba are the dogs and cats!

Helping animals in Cuba

A trip to Cuba made two Burnaby residents more aware of how differently animals are treated in other parts of the world.

Up until the past 20 years or so, there were only veterinarians available for agricultural animals in Cuba, according to Charlotte Sedens, who recently returned after visiting the country.

“People in North America consider their pets to be a part of their family, however, that is not the case for everyone in Cuba right now,” Sedens explained in an e-mail. “Dr. Gispert (who works with Clinica Veterinaria Laika in Havana) told us that up until 1989, vets were not even trained in school to practise on small animals such as cats and dogs as they were thought of as a commodity for the rich.”

Sedens and Anne-Marie Nagata visited Old Havana to donate supplies to the clinic on Dec. 4.

The pair raised $900 through clients and staff of the Burnaby Veterinary Hospital, and family and friends, to buy supplies for the clinic before leaving for their vacation.

Apparently, for these Canadians at least, human suffering in Cuba comes second to dogs and cats in Cuba.

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