|In Ireland near where he was born|
By 5pm the following day our beautiful dog, Rasher, had eaten that poison. By 5.10pm he had died a horrendous, painful death in the turtle hatchery in front of many of the RIU hotel's guests.
There are some who will never understand that love for an animal can be as strong as love for another human but there is no doubt that Rasher was our family, part of our world and we will never be the same without him. Not a day goes by without us mourning his loss. Our lives are diminished by the sadness that we have in our hearts every day.
This is made even harder by the recent pushing by some hotels and restaurants for yet more killing of animals. Their idea? A kennel in the desert, thinly disguised as a humane option, but in reality a place out of the view of tourists where animals can be killed. As one hotel manager told me "yes Jacquie, it is the same, but less hard for people to deal with or know about, since it is not happening on the beach in front of people."
|Sleeping peacefully in the turtle hatchery|
|Always happy to get a ride on the quad|
There is only one way to control free roaming animal populations and that is a sustained neutering programme coupled with public education. This includes advising hotel and restaurant guests not to feed dogs (which causes animals to congregate in unmanageable groups) and closing access to premises.
Thankfully the current manager of the RIU is more enlightened and is planning on using ultra sonic dog deterrents and giving more information to guests as well as allowing the dog and cat association to fundraise at the hotel..
As for Giorgio Chiarel? Any reprimand from the RIU hotel? Not at all, instead a reward - the manager's job at the new RIU Touareg on Boa Vista.