Mr Emmanuel Eyoh, Executive Director, Nigeria Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (NSPCA), has urged Nigerians to show compassion for animals, saying we cannot live without them.
Eyoh made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He spoke on the sidelines of a reunion and send-off programme held for a dog, Shawny, by NSPCA, the World Animals Day Ambassador, and Gaurapad Charities, an NGO in Lagos.
NAN reports that the dog, Shawny, is to re-join its owner, Joshua Perera – an 11-year-old boy – in Sri Lanka following his relocation from Nigeria.
Perera left the dog behind while leaving the country six months ago with his father at the expiration of his contract work with the Delta State Government.
Eyoh said, “This send-off shows that Nigerians have compassion toward animals, so that we can play a role when it matters the most.
“Because the mantra worldwide now is “Be Kind to Animals’’ just like Mahatma Ghandi said that the “Greatness of a nation is judged by the way animals are being taken care of.
“Nigerians should begin to show compassion toward animals, because we share this world together and cannot live without them as they provide food, companionship and security for us.
“Kindness toward animals will result in a better society; a more compassion and humane society which will make the world a better place to live in.
“If someone is cruel to animals, he or she can easily transfer that cruelty to humans, and such attitude will translate to a bad society.“
He identified lack of awareness and information about animals generally as the main reason why many Nigerians were not compassionate and kind toward them.
According to him, to address this, there is need to introduce humane education, kindness to animals, awareness of environment and animal issues generally in schools.