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Director: Filomena Marta
Periodicidade: Semanal

Editorial 8


Pet Courrier na ERC

Pet Courrier deu mais um passo. Um passo mais para sensibilizar para as questões dos animais, que dizem respeito a todos. Sejam selvagens, domésticos, de estimação, sem lar, abandonados, de criação intensiva nessa indústria terrível da pecuária, todos os animais merecem o nosso respeito, o nosso cuidado e a nossa defesa.

O Ser Humano é um predador implacável e insensível, mas há cada vez mais seres humanos a desenvolver a consciência de que os animais também têm consciência, que não são coisas, que têm sentimentos e a mais básica necessidade de viver e de ser feliz. Todos gostamos da felicidade. Todos prezamos a vida, principalmente a nossa própria vida. Um cão ou um cavalo ou um golfinho não são diferentes, pois também eles querem ser felizes, querem viver com tranquilidade e segurança.

Pet Courrier é já oficialmente um Órgão de Comunicação Social com registo provisório na Entidade Reguladora da Comunicação (ERC). Mais um passinho e este registo será definitivo.

Mais um passo, na altura em que estão a ser dados mais passos na Protecção Animal, pela mão do partido que suscitou surpresa nas eleições ao eleger um deputado. Só um deputado já está a fazer a diferença na vida de muitos milhares de animais. Só um homem já ajudou a que as despesas de tratamento com animais de companhia possam ser descontadas em sede de IRS. Nada mais lógico e natural, porque eles fazem realmente parte do agregado familiar.

Agora segue-se a alteração do estatuto do animal, para que deixe de ser considerado uma “coisa”. Recordemos uma frase emblemática do jornalista e escritor Rodrigo Guedes de Carvalho: “Um animal precisa de coisas de que as coisas não precisam”.

Esperemos que a Ministra da Justiça, que já demonstrou abertura para esta questão, leve a bom porto o estatuto dos animais. Para bem de todos os animais. Para que todos, sem excepção, possam gozar da protecção da lei no nosso país, seja um cão, um gato ou uma vaca. Que jamais se possa maltratar um animal. Que jamais um animal possa ser negligenciado ou abandonado.

Passo a passo chegaremos lá.





Editorial 7



Weird sensibilities on social networks


There are dozens of appeals on Facebook of many dozens of homeless animals, or abandoned to their fate by people without soul or conscience.

Most are common European cats, the vulgar stray cat, A more or less beautiful kitty, more or less young. But there are also appeals for dogs, mostly SRD, i.e. of Undefined Breed, the common Mutt.

There are animals that spend long months waiting for adoption. There are cases in which they spend years.

There are appeals that are repeatedly posted without a single share. There is total indifference.

The same happens with the ads placed for adoption on the sites suitable for this purpose.

It is the case of Sebastian, for example. A senior cat, of about 12 or 13 years of age, sweet and gentle, that has been living on the street for at least nine years. Due to the error of his protector, that is certain, which has always been overzealous and cherishing a love that stole the possibility of Sebastian being adopted when he was young, when adoptions, although difficult, are still possible. 

When the case of Sebastian came to my attention, I tried to spread the word asking for a generous, for someone who could give the old Sebastian a comfortable life. Shares= 0 and responses also nil.

There's always the same problem. There are more people abandoning than adopting. There is a profound selfishness and individualism in our people. There is a lack of love for animals, too. But it's even worse. The intelligence of most people we meet is identical to that of a stone from the sidewalk. This leads to the need of a close follow up of the adoptions and that several times things don't go right for the animal, having to be taken away from the adopters.

Basic and obvious things like preparing the house for the arrival of the animal are not met. The feeding bowl is an old tupperware without cover and they don´t even buy a bed so that the animal does not have to sleep on the hard and cold ground. This is the result of how animals are seen by an excessive range of our uneducated and uncivilized people: it is just an animal, it is only a thing.

One particular adopter, who could even be worse than it is and with looks of second-rate Latino male, complains repeatedly about the money he has already spent with the the adopted pet. Because is the castration and the vaccines, imagine!, essential things to the health and well-being of the animal. But no, it sucks. It's not about the joy of sharing good times with the animal and receiving his unconditional affection and attention. None of that! That animal is not the companion who keeps us company and mitigates our loneliness… It's an expensive critter. But then why adopt? If it is not out of love, then why?

All relationships that we enter into in life must be based on love and friendship, whatever our species is.

I've been trough everything. Arrogant people, devoid of any feelings; people that are just plain stupid; rude people; deranged people,

But fortunately also smart people, caring people, wonderful people. People that respect animals, care for them and love them the way they deserve and need. They are people that consider a cat or a dog family and great friends. Generous people adopting animals of difficult adoption: blind, amputees, old or asymptomatic carriers of diseases that can be fatal in a future uncertain. It is a shame that these are the minority.

In our backward country, people do not understand that there are rules and care for the adoption of an animal. Some even become scandalized when they know that there are interviews to potential adopters, that animals are delivered at their future home to confirm the existing conditions and that there is a follow-up to the adoption. The sad rule is the mindset of "I'm coming to choose a kitten". Nobody says is going to "choose a child”. The responsibility of having a pet is identical and that says it all. It's a living being that feels and suffers and that depends on us, on our love and our constant monitoring and attention. Isn't just that “thing” tied with a chain to a tree and to whom they give the remains of dinner.

But this is what's going on with the ordinary cats and dogs whose lovable photographs are published over and over again by the same sensitive people, at the social networks, receiving only indifference are not even being shared. It is social networks, my friends. The shares are important so that the information reaches as many people as possible, because somewhere there might be a good adopter for that animal.

And this brings me to the elitist sensibility of the people in general. I shared a little puppy of Yorkshire breed found lost or abandoned, which is not known. I believe he was lost, because was dressed with a knitted vest. The person who collected the dog refused to leave any contact and said she would deliver him to the pound. I do not remember ever having so many shares because of an animal, nor  having so many people saying “I will keep him”, even without knowing if he was just lost or not.

The same phenomenon happens with the grey kittens, called "blue", which despite being simple Common European are very similar to cats of breed such as Russian Blue, Chartreux or Korat. Whenever a kitten like that is imparted the most varied contacts start pouring from the most varied idiots who love to have kittens to match with their home decor. So wake up, because a beautiful black cat goes well in any decor, there is nothing more elegant ... but they are always left to the end of the list, ignored, chased out and rejected.

One day, perhaps, we will become a cult people, intelligent and evolved. After all, I still believe hope is the last to die ...

Filomena Marta















Editorial 6



Recently we have seen another example of the lightness with which the life of an animal is treated. After all, an example of the way the animals are seen, as a general rule, only as "just a dog", "just a cat", "just an animal".

Editorial 5



Photo translation: Mistreating animals is already a crime in Portugal – October 1st 2014


It comes into force today, October 1st 2014, the new law for the protection of animals.
It has been a long and rocky path. The discussion in Parliament was strong, but the new law that criminalises the mistreatment of animals turned out to be approved, although the CDS party managed to keep bullfighting, circuses and cattle industry outside the law.

Editorial 4



Those who deal closely with animal protection see every day the email inbox and social networking pages flooded with calls about animals at risk, abandoned to their fate in the streets, hungry, ill or victims of neglect or cruelty of their owners: people who are supposed to protect their animals and take care of them, but instead make their life a living hell.

Editorial 3


The first model

PET Courrier is born to fulfill the dream of creating a large body of information on matters related to animals, news and great articles, where the reports, unfortunately so common and daily, of abuse against animals could appear. But also a place where the good being done in defense of animals could be told, the good laws that are designed and approved, the human heroes that save endangered animals and the four-legged heroes who save people, usually their owners, or even other animals.

Editorial 2


All over the world we continue to watch the malevolent acts of pure evil, against animals, whether domestic or wild. The more uncivilized and uneducated is the people, the more it abuses animals and more practice maltreatments. 



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