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Animal carnage a major road concern

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

There is another kind of carnage on the road that we continue to ignore - the death of animals. I have seen the carcasses of cats, dogs, goats, even cows, lying in the road at various points as I move around the city.

I watched in horror last evening as a huge SUV ploughed into a dog just in front of the UWI Regional Headquarters. The animal was one of a pair that was attempting to cross the road and was clueless about doing it - and bam! The driver couldn't be blamed, as I don't think he or she even saw the animal.

Why are there so many stray animals on our busy roads, and where are the animal catchers? Where are the owners of these animals? Where are the laws that are to be enforced to prevent such animals posing a danger to themselves and others on the roads.

And then, after the animal is killed, the carcass lies unattended where it fell - more vehicles drive over it, or it just sits and rots, posing a health risk to all who traverse that area.

We are a society that is increasingly becoming known for our lack of care for the most vulnerable among us, and animals are to be found among that group. Let's all work together to get those helpless, hapless animals off our roads.

ANNA KASAFI PERKINS

drperks@gmail.com

UWI, Mona