By Natalie Hami
October 2, 2011
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ANIMAL LOVERS and those against animal cruelty are urged to join in a
peaceful protest to be held next Saturday, October 8, in Larnaca as part of
a 'World Event to end Animal Cruelty.'
According to Andrea Barlow who
is helping organise the event, along with a small team of people, the
meeting point is at the McKenzie end of the Sandcastle Hotel at 5.30pm.
'We're going to light a lamp of hope for all abused animals,' said
Barlow, who expects about 25 people to attend the event, according to their
Facebook page. 'The lighting of the lamps will signify remembering all the
animals that have been abused,' she added.
The protest will run along
the Phinikoudes beach front and end at Larnaca marina where candles and
lamps will be lit. Barlow however reassures that the event will be
peaceful.' We won't be shouting our heads off or anything like that,' she
This is the first of its kind event in Cyprus but Barlow has
high hopes that it will be organised every year from now on. Barlow said
that a number of MPs had been invited so that they can present a letter
targeting issues that they believe are not being addressed.
confident that the protest will bring about results in the sense that people
who were afraid of speaking out before about cases of animal abuse will feel
more self-assured in talking about it in the future. However, she does feel
that education starting from a young age is vital.
Another issue that
Barlow hopes to tackle, as part of another organisation that she is involved
with - the Cyprus Animal Liberation Front - is the continuing problem of
neglect of farm animals. 'Farm animals are being left in the sun; we're
trying to work with the government because animals need water,' she said.
She cited a case that has been ongoing for the last two years, without
sign of a prosecution, in the Larnaca area of a man who was repeatedly was
allowed to keep various animals that just kept dying.
dying and people are getting tired of finding them on the side of the
motorway,' said Barlow who said that although Cyprus had some very good
laws, the problem was they were not being implemented.
sure that if the public was made aware of the laws they would feel confident
in speaking out on animal cruelty.
More information on the protest
can be found on the Esdaw-Cyprus Facebook page. The Front also has a page on