"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated". Since Mahatama Ghandi is the one who made that statement I'll accept it as truth. An alliance of animal lovers has been formed here in Thailand. The vast majority of their membership and their leadership is Thai; a few foreigners have been allowed to join and participate. I hope they will consider me a member.
This new organization is called Animal Activist Alliance (AAA) Thailand. They are bent on improving Thailand's status in the world by improving the way animals are treated in this great nation. I stand with them.
Mahatama Ghandi also said "Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth". Well gentle reader AAA held it's first official activity today (April 5, 2012) and from what I saw they had between 200 and 300 in attendance. In my opinion they speak the truth. Their first activity was a quiet protest held outside Gate #3 of The parliament, ironically the gate is across the street from a zoo. The demonstration was well organized, and well covered by the press. Symbolism, and signs were the order of the day. The crowd was well behaved; there were no blaring loudspeakers.
Very Important Addition: On 11 April, AAA released an 11 minute video which does an excellent job of explaining the aims of the alliance, the activities of the day and the wonderful reception by the Thai Parliament. It's in Thai, except for a few short interviews in English. Watch it anyway, it's really well done. The version with English sub-titles is finished! Please see:
AAA Demonstration Video - English Version
AAA Video - Thai Language
Their press release stated that "The AAA is a newly formed alliance in Thailand with the objective of pushing for animal protection laws in Thailand, the introduction of animal rights and the stop to animal torture. The Alliance currently has more than 30 member groups and organizations....."
The press release also listed the main objectives for the demonstration as:
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|At the Parliament|
Photo by Annelie Langerak
|The People Do Care|
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"3. To present evidence of animal torture that has been kept secret until this day.
"4. To show the international media and public that Thai citizen do care about animal wellbeing and animal rights.
Below is a link that, in my mind proves that the Thai media has taken this seriously and now the whole world will know about the butchery of innocent dogs! It will stop, I'm sure!
Bangkok Channel 3 News Clip
The clip below is from Channel 3 News interview of AAA members during the evening news on April 5.
Channel 3 Evening News Clip
|Lek with a few of the local police|
Photo by Patpampami Varoungsurat
Some of the feelings were best expressed by the signs people carried.
Both sides of the street were lined with AAA volunteers with signs, masks and costumes (at least until a labor group showed up with their huge loudspeakers which they aimed at the parliament building; at that point AAA retreated to the zoo side of the street).
|The truck speakers pointed at the Parliament Building|
|A fact of life for the captive elephant!|
|Chains are for slaves!|
Change begins with you and with me. Often, our choice of words make a big difference. For me I will never again own a dog, cat or other living animal. Rather, I will consider myself as their guardian. Just that shift in vocabulary can have an impressive effect in how one behaves toward his or her animal. For more on this see: The Guardian Campaign One of the signs I saw yesterday brings this point home:: "Family not Grocery".
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