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Old 01.07.2012, 19:33
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Swiss Animal Rights To Guide Cyprus Animal Rights Strugle?

I have lived in the island of Cyprus where cruelty to animals is considered normal by a mass of people. Stories of countless unhumain acts are flooding my Facebook every day. One story recently has sparked the iniciative for action (yet another time).

A good friend of mine has contacted me today:
"...this sotry has become famous and made people to think and act

now i am just thinking..as u said switzerland is very organized about animal rights and they actualy made it hapen and function that animals have good care in switz

so i am just wondering if there would be posibility to get in contact with switz animal rights organization and maybe they could help cyprus or guide cyprus organizations or " people in power" how to make the way so that animal rigths could fanction in cyprus...."

I thought that may be a very good idea, as swiss seams to be light years in front when it comes to the subject!

Does anyone have an idea who should I contact,or how to start making this happen?
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Re: Swiss Animal Rights To Guide Cyprus Animal Rights Strugle?

Your desire to help is indeed admirable. Good for you!

There are already (private) Swiss animal welfare groups active in Cyprus, for instance, the Suzy Utzinger Foundation:
http://www.susyutzinger.ch/content/h...009&id_rec=269

STS is active with various international projects, including a donkey refuge in Cyprus:
http://www.tierschutz.com/international/

These might be organizations to speak to - or perhaps you might consider volunteering with them.

As admirable as the efforts of private animal welfare organizations are, they are largely aimed at specific front-line needs. But if I have understood your question correctly, I think you are asking more about working at the policy level, or at changing hearts and minds?

If so, some things to consider:

While very far from perfect, overall Switzerland has a fairly good record on animal welfare. But that success is due not only to animal welfare efforts, but also in a large part to the culture and infrastructure - which are rather unique to Switzerland. For instance:

The country is tiny - meaning the scope of the problem is more manageable than in other countries. If Switzerland had to deal with the numbers that other countries in face you might see a very different picture.

There is a cultural norm of abiding by the rules - or at least of appearing to do so.

There is a cultural norm of peer enforcement of rules.

There is a vast infrastructure already in place to register and monitor the human population - extending that infrastructure to register and monitor animals, and to track compliance with animal control laws wasn't all that much of a stretch.

The legal framework should be understood - some of Swiss animal protection law piggy-backs onto other existing legislation. You can read about the various laws here: http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/recht/gesetzestexte.php

And lastly - let's face it: Switzerland is a wealthy country. There is more money (some public, some private) available here for local animal protection issues than in many other countries. Lack of resources is the largest hurdle most countries face when it comes to animal welfare issues.


Things that work in Switzerland might prove to be an uphill battle in another country/culture. (I have this discussion often with my colleagues in the UK and US...)

The key thing is to look at what is successful in Switzerland and what is not, and understand why - and then to try to filter that into how things work in Cyprus.

Wishing you the all very best in your efforts.

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Old 03.07.2012, 07:21
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Re: Swiss Animal Rights To Guide Cyprus Animal Rights Strugle?

Wow, that is some great info- thanx
I am aware that switzerland has a different mind set, and that the same thing is difficult to aply to a different culture. And Cyprus IS different, I would say at a different point of evolution .... But people that are trying to chaNge things might need and welcome some guidance- with organisation, ideas,aproach etc.
Thanx for all the info- i will check it out!
Big hug from me and my cypriot puppy!
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Re: Swiss Animal Rights To Guide Cyprus Animal Rights Strugle?

Metamorphosys, a couple additional contacts you might consider:

http://www.pfotenhilfe-europa.eu/zypern.html
http://www.hundeliebe-grenzenlos.de
http://www.zypernhunde.eu/about.php?...l=home&about=1


These are (private) German groups working in Cyprus.

Again, best of luck to you in this endeavor.
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Re: Swiss Animal Rights To Guide Cyprus Animal Rights Strugle?

You really can't change a culture from the outside. We have the same problem in Portugal. And to be honest, when foreigners come in and tell people what they are doing is wrong, the locals look at them with their eyes glazed over.

The other issue is that they adopted the EU directives but have no means of enforcement. There were no penalties/punishments written into the laws!

Anyway, it has to change from the inside. Local run places, perhaps with outside funding, are the only way this is going to change.

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Re: Swiss Animal Rights To Guide Cyprus Animal Rights Strugle?

Very good point, miniMia.

As you are thinking about your project, Metaporphosys, a good case study might be the Animals Asia Foundation. This is a group I very much admire, working to change hearts and minds wrt animal welfare first in HK, then China, and now further afield in Asia.

They have done stellar work by taking a grass-roots approach with education at the center. Their Animal Ambassadors, Doctor Dog and Professor Paws programs are aimed at showing people the value of animal companionship - it's a 'soft' approach that ultimately is highly effective as it presents an opportunity to think about animals in a different way. Understanding of local culture, respect for local sensibilities while working for change has been a key driver of their success.

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Quoting from their website:
http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?UID=HK616A9D8P3A

Our Approach:

Change through empathy: Our animal ambassadors embody the ideal that empathy for one animal can evolve into empathy for an entire species and ultimately for all species.

Negotiation: We take a non-partisan, sensitive approach in working with governments, authorities, experts and local communities. We work with, not against, people to find sustainable solutions for all parties.

Education: We inform and empower local communities for the welfare of animals and people, promoting change at the grass-roots level.

Investigation: Using the latest veterinary techniques, animal care and conservation science, our field officers find solutions for animals that take into account local needs.

Healing without harm: We promote alternatives to animal products for use in traditional medicine.

Animal therapy: Our Doctor Dog and Professor Paws programmes show that animals are our helpers and friends.

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Obviously AAF works in a different sphere than you are looking to, Metamorphysys - but as you are seeking ideas and examples, you might find their site of interest as you think about how you could approach your project.

Kudos to you for caring.
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Re: Swiss Animal Rights To Guide Cyprus Animal Rights Strugle?

Thank you so much for all this useful info!

For the past week there have been big protests in all over cyprus concerning the subject. the turnout was incredible! but now we must put things into practice.......
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Re: Swiss Animal Rights To Guide Cyprus Animal Rights Strugle?

thanks for all the information guys

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