HAVANA, April 10th The mistreatment of a cat at an agricultural fair organized by the Cuban government-generated this Saturday criticism by independent activists and the island’s Ministry of Agriculture (Minag), at the time he returned to the island. to place the issue of animal welfare in the public debate.
The video shared on Facebook by the blog “Vive como Daguerre” shows several people at the Rancho Boyeros fairgrounds in Havana waving a small cat and others trying to catch it by whipping it with ropes.
The complaint includes the public attending without disturbing the show that took place in the context of the International Food Agroindustrial Fair, Fiagrop 2022.
The Minag confirmed the event and showed “Its total disagreement and repudiation of the actions carried out by the artists (clown) and the athletes of the national rodeo team involved in the event.”
On its web page that performs “the corresponding analysis of the case” and will apply “the administrative, disciplinary and misdemeanor sanctions that correspond to those responsible”.
Degrading, shameful and inhumane are some of the qualifiers that various users have used on social networks to reject this fact.
went viral one day before the peaceful march called by groups of independent activists to commemorate Dog Day in Cuba and against animal abuse.
The island government approved the campaign. In February of last year, the decree-law “On Animal Welfare”, a piece of legislation demanded for years by activists and organizations defending animals.
Many celebrated the approval of this policy as a triumph of independent civil society that, apart from the official mass organizations, has been articulated in the last two years around causes such as animal defense, the fight against the violence against gender, or the rights of the LGTBI community.
However, some activists have criticized the decree as inefficient.