EVERY LIVING THING
Project status : IN PROGRESS
Species concerned : All suffering animals (dogs, cats, tortoises…).
Location : Tanzania
Human partner communities : Villagers, local authorities, Pet care veterinary clinic (Masaki, Tanzanie).
Main objective : Every Living Thing (ELT) works to improve the lives of all animals in Tanzania, through rescue programs, population control and animal rehabilitation, but also employment, education and community awareness.
Project manager : Brittany, ELT administrator.
HISA coordinator : Perrine Crosmary.
« In Swahili, the official language of the country, “animal” is called “meat”. We try to show that nature and domestic or wild animals, are entitled to respect ».
Brittany Hilton – ELT project manager
EVERY LIVING THING welcomes all animals in danger, whether domestic or wild. The organization is the first anti-speciesist organization in Africa and Brittany Hilton seeks to create an animal welfare ethic in Africa without discriminating any species. Indeed, ELT carries the same values of sharing and respect for all living things.
« The shelter responds to all rescue calls, from crab to monkeys, parrots and donkeys ».
Every Living Thing has its own Swahili television show on the biggest national channel! Each episode, broadcast all over the country, tells the story of animals in distress. Nathan Weiss, a Tanzanian animal lover who works for Brittany, rescues animals and explains how important it is to respect the weakest. There is a 24-hour telephone line for calls from people looking for information or help with animals in distress. Millions of Tanzanians watch his show every week.
” The shelter rescue 25 to 40 animals per month.”
ELT also supports education and programs against protected species fishing such as marine turtles, and dynamite fishing which destroys Tanzanian coastal corals and their habitat.
Finally, teaching children to have compassion and empathy for animals, regardless of species, is essential to prevent animal cruelty. Brittany and her team associated with HISA, teach children in surrounding schools to respect animal welfare and protect wild and domestic animals.
According to Brittany, these life lessons also help children to value each other and prevent violence. Interactions with animals in the center can also help children who are having difficulty, and act as a form of therapy. In order to increase local awareness of the plight of animals, Every Living Thing works closely with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in government and international schools in Tanzania, whose student members have been involved in the success of many ELT programs.
In Tanzania, having a pet is not common and most of the time puppies and kittens are meant for a particularly cruel life, sometimes very short. Abandoned and left to their own devices, animals are often abused by some people who do not realize that they, like humans, are sentient beings. Dogs are usually used as a watchdog and sometimes subjected to violent training, isolation in narrow cages and starvation. In the case of working animals, donkeys, for example, which help rural people to access drinking water, harvest crops and transport goods, are also not spared. Indeed, their well-being is often neglected, and they have to endure particularly difficult working conditions (injuries, work for several hours under a blazing sun, no sufficient access to water and food, etc.).
On average, the Every Living Thing Backup Center saves 25 to 40 animals a month. Six or eight of them require emergency care because of injuries sustained in the street or by man. The center automatically vaccinates and sterilizes animals. Restored animals are then proposed for adoption, but the future family have to meet certain criteria ensuring the best living conditions for animals. Currently, the refuge has more than 300 animals to adopt.
In order to avoid further drop-outs, ELT also offers pet shelter services for people who need to be absent for various reasons, providing a source of additional income that the community needs. ELT also sells dog shelters and custom pet products made from reclaimed wood!
Dar es Salaam is also a major center for the transport of wild animals trafficked illegally. The ELT Center supports the government in combating these trafficking, which has serious consequences for the population.
ELT is also active in rural areas to limit conflicts between local populations and wildlife.
HISA IS COMMITTED WITH BRITTANY AND HER TEAM FOR :
- Help drafting the new Tanzanian animal welfare code,
- Create educational tools for schools on the respect of living things,
- Fundraising for ELT and the Makoa Wildlife Rehabilitation Center,
- Investigate zoos and breeding farms,
- Create events around anti-speciesism.