Civic Action in Havana: March against Animal Abuse

Regina Cano

Water for a friend.

HAVANA TIMES – The march against animal abuse that took place in Havana on April 7th, can be put into the category of “firsts” in the history of these events.

It was clearly the first time that so many people and pets have joined this march, or that so many placards were being carried which made it absolutely clear what the march was about.

It was also the first time that it was authorized by government authorities in one of the city’s neighborhoods (Revolution Square, on the fringes of Vedado) with their own demands, of course! – including the guarantee that it wouldn’t be politicized. 

It was also the first time that such a great media presence was felt at such an event, with people carrying professional cameras.

Finding out what’s going on and barking just in case.

As a result of all these “firsts”, we can say that this march was successful, if we’re talking about the few civic acts that have taken place in the Cuban capital, organized by NGOs and therefore, decided by the citizens that approved it with their presence and who didn’t leave the march.

Even though they didn’t receive authorization to hold it on 23rd Street (a very busy street in the Vedado neighborhood), the satisfaction of those who marched could be seen on their faces, in the chorus of phrases created in the heat of the moment and others announced by others to be repeated.

Instead of the march reducing it size, it swelled with some neighbors on 25th street, who came to their front doors (with their pets or without), and some even joined the march, such as a woman who came out to walk her dogs and said that she hadn’t heard about it.

Surprised, some passers-by, praised this display of compassion to animals, or they had a skeptic look about what was going on, or just because (and I’m speculating here) they felt like they were witnessing something that they never thought possible.

Stop the dog fights. Who are the real beasts?

Approaching the cemetery, going inside and reaching Jeanette Ryder’s grave, meant that expectations were met and that they had to go there and show how important these kinds of acts are.

Then, there was the stream of people in a very small space for so many, bumping into one another around the grave, bumping into cameras or a cellphone and hearing or sharing feelings that became words, words of compassion and some tears.

A lot of photos, some reencounters and new meetings, to return to the city again, back to our daily business, but feeling like we had done our civic duty.

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Regina Cano

Regina Cano: I have lived my entire life in Havana, Cuba – the island from which I’ve still never left, and which I love. I was born on September 9, and my parents chose my name out of superstition, but my mother raised me outside the religion professed by her family. I studied accounting and finance at the University of Havana, a profession that I’m not engaged in for the time being, and that I substituted for doing crafts, some ceramics, and studying a little English and about painting. Ah! – concerning my picture: I identify with Rastafarian principles, but I am not one of them. I wear this cap from time to time, but I assure you I just didn't have a better picture.



2 thoughts on “Civic Action in Havana: March against Animal Abuse

  • Hold on a minute but don’t get me wrong I love animals all types of animals big small animals doesn’t matter I will protect them cuz I think there are God’s creature but you going to do a parade against Animal Cruelty what about human cruelty what’s the actual country is doing Against Humanity of Cuba listen I beg of you you going to do something about the animals do something about your country whether it’s right or right . The country needs you at self not only the animals. But only every human being that is surrounding the islands as breath to live for freedom.

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