TLC for animals on Mandela Day

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

While fighting poverty is at the centre of activities planned for this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day, humankind's four-legged companions have not been left out of the good cheer of the day.

The National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) inspectors commemorate Mandela Day every year by working towards uplifting the standards of care for all species of animals in the country. 

“Our mandate is to prevent cruelty to all animals.  People and animals are inextricably linked.  Where there are people, there are animals,” said the NSPCA on Tuesday.

In upholding the principles of kindness, compassion, understanding and empathy, the NSPCA paid tribute to the late former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, whom the NSPCA refers to as a Patron-in-Chief.

Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela and is celebrated on 18 July, the day on which the late former President was born.

It is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact.

The NSPCA has encouraged members of the public to devote some time on this day to touch the lives of animals.

“You could consider walking your elderly neighbour’s dog, donating cat or dog food to your local SPCA or even volunteer 67 minutes of your time.

“Let our actions on this auspicious day honour Nelson Mandela, who was dedicated to our country and all her inhabitants.” - SAnews.gov.za

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