Mahatma Gandhi once said “The greatness of a nation and its
moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.
If this is true, then the Cayman Islands has a long way to
go on its road to greatness and moral progress.
Once again, someone has decided that the best way to deal
with what they considered bothersome dogs was to poison them, most likely with
This time someone deliberately put poison on food and put
the dish in someone’s yard. As a result, all four of the homeowner’s loved pet
dogs are now dead.
It is unconscionable that here, in a Christian society, that
members of our community can continually be so cruel. Deliberately
killing someone’s pet by purposely giving them a poison that causes a slow,
painful death is not only inhumane, it’s criminal. What if a small child had
somehow ingested the food?
The poisoning issue isn’t new; it’s been happening for
years. This time it was North Side, but it’s happened before in East End,
South Sound and West Bay. This tells us that the problem isn’t with just
one offender, and that there is some kind of subculture of abhorrent behaviour
Something really must be done; these kinds of incidents are
not consistent with the way a country that promotes itself as the fifth largest
financial services centre in the world should behave. These continual dog
poisonings do not show the Cayman Islands in a very good light to the
Since none of the recent dog poisonings have led to arrests,
we really can’t count on justice being done. Instead, Cayman should concentrate
on changing, through education, people’s perceptions of the way animals are
treated. This effort, which should start with young children in school, could
include lessons on responsible pet ownership. Too many people here seem
to think the responsibilities of pet ownership end at feeding.
With many people viewing their pets as members of the
family, poisoning a dog is akin to murder in the minds of some. Although
the law doesn’t see it that way, it is still a crime. More importantly, the act
of killing someone else’s pet merely because it is bothersome, should be
against all of the morals we are taught.