Madagascar : the extent of animal rights.


«The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated ». If we take this quote of Mahatma Ghandi, Madagascar has in general no  adequate policy for animal protection.  Animal protection has only an ecotouristic dimension and is only intented to preserve the national endemic fauna like the lemurs, marine turtles or  chameleon …


Unlike some african countries, Madagascar is not  yet listed in the World Animal Protection (WAP) country ranking by Animal Protection Index (API).  For the african continent, only 9 out of 55 countries are listed on the API ranking for the first publication of the WAP.  Those countries  are  Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Niger, South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ethiopy and Algerie.


Five indicators were used to calculate the API of each country like the recognition of animal protection, the Governance structure and systems, Animal welfare standards and the provision - promotion of human education and awareness.


In Madagascar, while we see the willigness of Government to protect animals,  the motive of this protection is very different of what it should be as the recognition of animal protection is rather the recognition of animal sentience but not its economic utility. This  should lead to prohibition of cruelty and any violence acts towards animals regardless  of its kind. At this point, as we talk about animals as feeling creatures,  domestic animal living constantly with humans are the most concerned like dogs and cats.


Easy for animal lovers to do so without being perfect everyday, in Madagascar, animal rights collide with culture and poverty where giving small foods to dogs near children is badly interpreted as giving more importance to animal than human. 


In one hand, animals destined for regular consumption like  ox, pigs, hen, ducks, are more concerned by the respect of animal sentience and welfare standards. Foie gras, broiler meat has become very  common in Madagascar,  for those animal used in farming, the environment where they live, the way they are reared and killed are most of time the questions we have to answer. Yet, without considering the human health  consequences of this kind of food, it’s more beyond the simple fact of just maintaining animal alive and edible according to the standards of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH).  It is a matter of « life ».

Published on Friday, 19 February 2016 04:44