Animal lovers mark Paws Walk Day

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The National, Thursday 17th November 2011

A GROUP of animal lovers, supporters and more than 40 dogs took part in the 2011 RSPCA Paws Walk last Sunday.
The participants comprised members of the RSPCA , corporate supporters and volunteers who walked a 3km route along Cameron Road, Goodwit Street, Sir John Guise Drive and back to the Sir John Guise stadium.
It was to support the society’s stand against the sale of native wildlife on the streets and to create awareness against the ill-treatment of animals.
RSPCA president Goodwin Poole said the respect for life began with the care for animals.
Poole noted that while the RSPCA strove to create awareness about cruelty towards animals, the support of volunteers and people who cared for animals had always been valued.
He thanked Westpac for sponsoring the sausage sizzle, St John Ambulance and a soft drink company for their donations.
RSPCA vice-president Anne Ames said they hoped to grow from strength to strength with the increasing support.
“It was also good to note that the majority of participants were young Pa­pua New Guineans who felt that it was important to take part in this worthy event,’’ she said.
“The RSPCA in PNG has grown through such support and has been successful since. We hope to have
more awareness and this is the reason why we staged this annual Paws Walk.”
The Paws walk is an annual event which is used as a fundraiser for international RSPCA organisation and to garner support for the RSPCA campaigns in PNG.
The RSPCA PNG Inc policy opposes the sale of captured wildlife on the streets because it encourages the capture and sale of wild creatures.