Save the JSPCA!
THE EDITOR, Sir:
IT WAS with a sinking sense of impending loss that I read the article in The Sunday Gleaner on August 4, laying out the story of the problem the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) has been having for a long time trying to find a place to relocate, and now having been given notice to vacate the premises on Winchester Road in St Andrew.
The JSPCA on Winchester Road is a long-standing, well-known, greatly appreciated and vitally necessary service to people from all walks of life and their pets, animals from the security companies, veterinarians, the Hope Zoo, the police, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Kennel Club, etc. It is the only organisation of its kind in Jamaica, and has counterparts in the United States and the United Kingdom. I cannot possibly begin to accept that this organisation is about to be booted out to nowhere land, but this appears to be what is looming on the horizon for them. Surely not!
If the Government is determined to evict the JSPCA off this property because the society cannot afford to purchase it, or the Government is determined to develop this property and build apartments/commercial buildings, or whatever on it, this seems completely hard, unfair, and short-sighted. The decision would lead one to assume that the only important thing remaining in our society, and in the minds of those in power, is quick acquisition of money - circumstances and collateral damage to relevant and often helpless entities notwithstanding!
I hope that this letter will bring this very urgent matter into focus, and I make this appeal immediately to the relevant authorities and on behalf of all those (humans and animals) who will suffer a great loss of convenience, respite, and recovery possibilities because the JSPCA is either (1) no longer on Winchester Road but at some far away and difficult-to-access location, or (2) the JSPCA is shut down and no longer exists at all because of lack of a suitable place at which to carry on its invaluable and compassionate work with its excellent and dedicated management and staff. I make an appeal for all people who have known and been served by the JSPCA over many, many years to protest in writing and get a petition going against the possible eviction problem which it now faces.