By Chris Elliott…..
So many people express their concern for animal welfare around the world through social media and no more so than here in Northern Cyprus which being a close knit group of communities achieves great success in motivating change.
We recently assisted with the publication of a meeting being planned to bring people together and plan for action and we have received this report from Ralf Purcell of the North Cyprus Animal Carers group (which will be seeking approval as an association) and are sharing this so other concerned people can reach out and support this latest initiative to help street animals.
Here is the update from last night’s meeting (15th March).
Firstly a big thank you to all those that managed to attend it was great to see you all.
I believe the meeting was a resounding success with over 25 attendees, all the topics on the agenda were discussed and agreed upon.
We decided that to be able to increase the quality of the animals’ lives and ensure the laws are being applied and followed we need to be able to officially approach the government, to enable us to do this we need to be an officially recognised body ourselves.
It was therefore agreed by all present by a show of hands that the way forward would be to form an official association and have therefore scheduled a new meeting for the 12th April (Time and venue TBC).
We will now start ascertaining exactly what must be done, what we have to do, how we have to do it to get the process of forming the association started.
Yeliz and some of her influential friends (solicitors) and members of other existing animal rights groups in the TRNC have rewritten the Animal Welfare Laws and re-submitted to the TRNC Government. The rewritten laws have been processed through and passed the 1st of 2 approval stages within the government and are now in the 3rd and final stage before they are passed into law and printed in the official Gazette.
Yeliz has spoken to all her aforementioned friends and associates telling them what we are proposing to do and asking them if they would like to join us in our endeavours, some have said yes to joining with us, she still has to speak with the others.
I have today (16th March) had confirmation that “The Silent Ones” who were present last night wish to work together with us too.
If you wish to pass this update to anyone else you feel should be included in the circulation please feel free to do so.
Many thanks and kindest regards