september 2010

The fight of Liliana Téllez


In response to the very precarious condition of animals living in the city of Cochabamba and all over the world, a group of volunteers founded ADDA.

Cécilia Di Quinzio
Projects Abroad
Volunteer
Lyon - France

Everything began fifteen years ago. September 2, 1995, seven young people got together to create association. Their purpose was to watch over the rights of animals and improve their quality of life: ADDA (Asociación para la Defensa de los Derechos de los Animales) was born. In the following years many people joined them, sharing the same unconditional love for animals and the desire to improve their way of life. Now, not only is it a local association, but also regional and national. Liliana Téllez Flor was one of the seven founders. She is now the President of the association.

Besides this, street demonstrations, pamphlets distributions, conferences and information stands are organized. ADDA really fights across all fronts: abandoned dogs, mistreatment, captivity, sale of wild animals, slaughterhouses, factory farming, hunting, fishing, fur, animal fighting, etc. The purpose of these demonstrations is so the association can remind the general public there are laws to be respected. For example, the traffic and the sale of wild animals are forbidden in this country. Furthermore, Bolivia adopted a law in 2009, forbidding the use of animals in circuses. And nevertheless, this year ADDA had to fight (a long and strenuous process, signing, collecting, and filling out of uncountable documents, etc.) to release five lions which were at death’s door in small cages. Out of five, only four survived! “The liberation of these poor lions is our greatest achievement of the year”, says Liliana Téllez Flor. This example of success is fortunately not the only for ADDA. In 1998, the association helped to pass the law for the protection of domestic animals. In 2002, ADDA made the Local Government pass the law that prohibits dogfights, in agreement with the Municipal Police of Cochabamba.

A better society is possible. The human civilization is not faultless. It is time to change certain things. Indeed, in the past we stopped some cruel, barbaric and absolutely useless behavior: Abolition of slavery, abolition of fights to death, abolition of the exhibition of freaks in fairs, abolition of the witch-hunt, etc. Now it is time to abolish the treatment of animals as anything other then what they are, worthwhile and valuable creatures that are entitled to much the same rights as humans are.

Every person can make a difference for animal rights. You can help animals by not attending shows where animals are mistreated. In regards to the consumption of animals, do not wear fur, inquire about the meat you are about to eat, if possible become a vegetarian, these are just a few of the many positive changes you can make in your own life. Moreover, each person has the duty to report or denounce animal mistreatment every time he sees or hears something like that. Especially, if you are interested in becoming a godfather for an animal, donating some money or adopting an animal, contact ADDA: www. addabolivia.org. We can make a better world for our children, a world of love and union by respecting animal conditions and respecting our planet.

Due to many cases of abandonment, abuse, ill-treatment and cruelty to animals, increasing numbers of street dogs and the disturbing presence of canine and human rabies in the region, ADDA decided to look for solutions to these problems. Indeed, ADDA is a pioneer in the field of canine and feline birthrate control via a program of sterilisation and by applying educational programs for the population in general.

It is a non-profit-making association, apolitical and fundamentally antieuthanasia. The main ideology of ADDA concerns the right to life. Humans seem to evolve and progress, but they forget about their animal brothers. Liliana Téllez Flor is an example of someone who wants to resist. Resist against a faster and faster world, which consumes more and more, without thinking about the consequences. In contrast, ADDA wants to improve the relations between animals and mankind. ADDA bases their principles and philosophy on the Universal Declaration for Animal Rights, which has been adopted by the International League for Animal Rights and the affiliated National Leagues. This Declaration came into existence after the third meeting on animal rights that took place in London on September 21st to 23rd,

1977. The Declaration was approved by The United Nations (UN) on October 15, 1978. At the moment, ADDA have branches in the rest of the country such as Quillacollo and Tirague, the capital city of Bolivia (Sucre), Oruro, Villazón, the tropical region of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.

ADDA’s main goal is to pick up mistreated and wounded animals from the streets and to give them the necessary care. ADDA owns a refuge in Sacaba (a town located 12 kilometers from Cochabamba). Over there, animals are welcomed and treated very well. Sometimes, people abandon their animals in front of the refuge doors. Thus, the daily work in this place consists of taking care of the animals, receiving phone calls from people denouncing animal mistreatment and taking wounded animals to the veterinarian if necessary. However, ADDA also takes care of wild animals, which also do not have an easy life. Indeed, they were taken from their natural housing environment to be shown in circuses, hotels, or to serve as “toys” to private individuals. At the market of La Cancha for example, many people sell wild animals. The purpose of the association is, as possible; to rehabilitate these animals and take them back to the wild life. ADDA is thus in connection with El Parque Machia, a natural reserve in the province of Chapare.

There are no employees at ADDA, only volunteers. Their number varies: around twenty at any one time. That is because it is a hard work. The volunteers deal with wounded, tortured and dying animals. “It is sometimes very sad and painful; some people just cannot stand it. Therefore, they just do not come back any more” says Liliana. How is the association financed? First, ADDA runs a sponsoring system. A person becomes the godfather of an animal and provides for it, because he loves it but cannot take it home. The association cannot obviously help all the cases of animal neglect and mistreatment, for lack of money, so this sponsoring system is very important. Second, the volunteers sometimes go into the street, Plaza 14 de Septiembre of Cochabamba for example, to collect donations and also to make the population aware of the work ADDA does, and encourage people to join the sponsorship program.

ADDA is a pioneer in the field of canine and feline birthrate control via a program of sterilisation

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