On 7 June, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child made recommendations with express recognition of the importance of keeping minors away from any form of violence to animals. Fondation Franz Weber – jointly with other organisations – drafted the report denouncing the violence performed by the Tunisian authorities – in view of minors – on stray cats and dogs.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child upholds the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. The member-countries of this UN treaty must periodically make a report on their implementation of the Convention. The reports are then examined by the Committee, which makes recommendations (the decisions are not constraining) for the attention of the States. The last recommendations published byπ
π the UN concern Tunisia: among the preoccupations is the violent manner in which the Tunisian authorities eradicate dogs and cats, often in front of children, a concern for the UN Committee.
Thus, the Committee considers in the Final Observations that Tunisia (like other member countries of the Convention on the Rights of the Child) must imperatively cease practices contrary to the higher interest of children – including social violence to animals.
Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) regularly delivers reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child on the impact of violent acts applied to animals on the good development of children, and especially bullfighting. It also compiled the report on the situation in Tunisia, in collaboration with the ‘European Link Coalition’.
Violence to animals, with the presence or participation of children, is harmful not only for the moral development of children but also to society as a whole as it promotes a general education of violence. Combating these acts means fighting for a more respectful and more ethical future.