“If having a soul means to be able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
Otters, crocodiles, frogs and toads, hippopotamus, terrapins, darters.
Ostriches, snipes, grebes, gannets, herons, hawks, buzzards.
Cape hyrax, elephants, rodents, bats, leopards, gazelles, wildcats, mongoose.
Snakes (carpet viper & black-necked spitting cobra), geckos, lizards (agama), crocodiles, winged termites, grasshoppers.
Stray cats and dogs can be seen in most cities. It is also common to see cows, goats, and chickens wandering around the city, usually owned by someone. Eating dog meat is also common and can be found in some eateries.
Live dogs are bought and sold for dog meat market in Dawaki, town of Kanke local government area in Plateau state. These dogs can be seen kept in chains and in a miserable health conditions. Donkeys and bulls are used to carry heavy loads and to plow the fields.
A three-day festival in July wherein live dogs are slaughtered and sacrificed as they celebrate Ogun, the God of Iron, is held in Nigeria. Eating dog meat is popular in the country as it is said to cure particular diseases.
Nigeria has banned the export of donkeys skin to China that are used for traditional chinese medicine , but reports claim underground market for this still does exist.
Hunting is a traditional practice in Nigeria and is allowed with a permit. Poaching of endangered species is still taking place, especially of elephants and rhinoceroses.
Ram fighting, a blood sport between two horned male sheep, is popular among locals. The law prohibits fighting or baiting of any animal.
We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.