Social Networking has become an
important component of the Internet landscape. It is one of the most
effective methods of reaching large groups of people. We network for
many other organisations and promote initiatives that we believe
will enhance sustainability of companion animal welfare in SA.
We have an established presence on
where we network homeless and lost and found animals, and our presence on
Banning Initiative): http://fbi.companions.org.za
We have been fighting to get fireworks
banned for many years, and now have a National infrastructure with
Campaign leaders in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban.
Limit By-Laws: We are still in the process of
fighting the Pet Limit By-Laws all over the country. We are
constantly looking for test cases to show that the legislation is
unnecessary and counter-productive. See the campaign
This year we have taken the Council on in respect of several cases;
we have yet to lose an animal.
Complexes and Retirement
Home Body Corporates: There has been pressure in
recent times from Body Corporate Trustees and Managing Agents on
animal owners. We helped by publishing a
booklet and we assist animal lovers with free advice in
liaison with our legal advisers. This year we assisted more than 30
concerned animal lovers.
publish booklets and ebooks informing members and the public
concerning a number of issues, including Breed-Specific
Legislation, Purebred dog problems, and other companion-animal
related issues. See
here for some of them.
Companion Animal Population Control:
We believe that the current overpopulation crisis cannot be
corrected by more rehoming because the constraint is that the
animals being bred cannot be absorbed by the community, and that mass sterilisations are the
only way to stop the flow of new animals into the population. Look
at the research and some articles
There is much else that takes place
in the background, including consulting with legal advisers,
behaviourists, vets, and others with professional expertise.
discussions with politicians and other interest groups where we may
have common ground, and development of strategy and tactics with
individuals and groups with which we are aligned. I send out a report to sponsors at the end of
every year informing them about everything we do and our plans for
the following year.
The Hopeful Heads-Up,
sent out fortnightly when possible, includes companion
animal news, features on welfare organisations,
action alerts, and educational and informational
here to receive it:
here to see a copy of a previous newsletter.