Push to respect, accept animal rights

HARARE - An animal welfare organisation has launched a Wildlife Legal Guide in a bid to infuse attitude change towards respect for animal rights.

This comes as Zimbabwe continues to fight the scourge of cruelty against animals while cases of animals being abandoned, ill-treated and neglected remains a cause for global concern.

International animal law advocate and founder of Speak Out For Animals (Sofa), Ever Chinoda, said the legal guide will be a tool that can be used by lawyers, law students, rangers and custodians of wildlife.

“Animals have intrinsic value and extrinsic value. We should learn to love and respect animals because they are sentient beings as humans.

“Although in Zimbabwe we value our wildlife mainly for economic benefits, it is important to consider the inherent value of wildlife,” Chinoda said.

Sofa said it seeks to be instrumental in influencing a change in the legal landscape in Zimbabwe.

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