Ambassador Jasper and his team of animal activists give high praise to the Asociación Humanitaria Para la Proteccion Animal de Costa Rica (AHPPA), which has altered the landscape of animal protection in Costa Rica.
The shelter's efforts do not stop at rescuing animals; they also aim to change Costa Rica's cultural view of animals. Jasper says this is what's imperative around the world.
Jasper reads from their website:
"People used to see animals as their property, like a chair, car, closet. They did not have much feelings for them, thinking that the animals also had no feelings," says Lilian Schnog, AHPPA President.
When animals had served their purpose and no longer had a function as a guard dog, or a mouser or whatever their owners needed, they were simply discarded. Some were literally thrown out on the street. With females not spayed, the population grew and grew.
THINGS ARE CHANGING
From their website: Thanks in part to the AHPPA, the attitude towards animals is gradually changing. Not only does the shelter rescue homeless, abused, and abandoned animals, but its advanced veterinary clinic is one of a kind in Costa Rica. It provides spay/neuter and other services at low or no cost for residents, while absorbing the fees when sterilizing strays.
The clinic sterilizes 12,000 animals a year and treats another 6,000 for injuries. The AHPPA is open to all animals, including cows, goats, toucans, armadillos and parrots. The shelter has an phenomenal 80% adoption rate, and all of the animals who find homes leave the clinic spayed or neutered.
READ MORE ON AHPPA WEBSITE
photo credit: by Betsy Seeton on 8/31/2010
"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."
"I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on (the movie) Babe that by the
end of the film I
was a vegetarian."
~ James Cromwell