2 October 2020
Senator Clarence Rambharat
Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Fisheries
Cor. Narsaloo Ramaya Marg Road and Sogrim Trace
Many thanks for your letter dated 30 June 2020 in which you referred to the Animal (Diseases and Importation) Bill 2019 as “the first step towards addressing” the issues raised in my two-page correspondence to yourself and other national and local government representatives.
Since the Parliament came to a close before the Bill could have been debated in the House of Representatives, I am hoping to engage you in a further discussion about the legislation, as many areas are still unclear, including the assertion that it addresses the issue of stray and feral animals. I am also unclear about another matter regarding the recent disbursement of funds to the TTSPCA. The media report did not distinguish whether the funds represented a subvention or grant, which we both know are different things. I ask because it was one of the points raised in my original correspondence – an annual subvention for the TTSPCA and other organisations that do similarly important work.
Despite the fact that my matter involving my cat has not been resolved neither by the police nor the local government authorities, I channelled my grief and anger into action and started a podcast called Animalia. Now nine episodes in, the 30min weekly podcast aims to build an all-encompassing community around animal welfare issues. I have learned, through my personal trauma and doing the podcast, that there is no cohesive community that advocates with one voice to those in authority. I think one reason for this is the fundamentally inadequate structure in place to treat with animal welfare issues. This is why I recommended an approach that begins at local government level.
I therefore wish to invite you to be a guest on the podcast, whenever you’re available, so we may discuss the aforementioned issues in more depth. I would only need 30-45mins of your time and the interview could be done via phone or online (via Zencastr, a podcasting site). All previous episodes of Animalia are available here (https://www.spreaker.com/show/animalia-the-podcast) if you wish to hear what’s gone before and you may also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages by searching Animalia the Podcast.
I would be honoured to welcome you on the podcast and look forward to hearing from you.