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A Case For Animal Welfare In Egypt

A Case For Animal Welfare In Egypt

Walking down a Cairo street with an adopted stray dog can elicit a range of reactions, from surprise to rebuke. Their skittish behavior and curled-up tails make them easily distinguishable from the more preferred purebred pets, says Mada Masr.

If these animals, commonly known as baladi dogs, are not rescued, they are at risk of forced euthanasia through government or private initiatives, which are often encouraged by complaints from the public.

Many countries have yet to utilize street animals in a productive way, and in Egypt, the treatment of animals — particularly dogs — requires a paradigm shift. In addition to a cultural and social stigma against them, these animals are often considered to be no more than pests, and are typically treated as such.

"Animal welfare is not part of our culture in Egypt," says Aya Shehata, a volunteer with TNR Maadi (trap, neuter and release). "People think of animals as some kind of object instead of something that has a soul, like us."

But for the first time in Egypt’s history, an article on animal welfare was approved in the January 2014 constitutional referendum. And while the legislation will not come into effect until a new parliament is sworn in, Article 45 does stipulate the "humane treatment of animals."

Read more from Mada Masr here.

A dog caught by TNR Maadi in June – Photo: TNR Maadi via Facebook

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The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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Good intentions are part of the formula

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Sher Herrera


CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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