Daily Archives: March 27, 2009

Barbados Tourist Upset Over Hanged Dog Cruelty, Lack Of Response By Authorities

Dear Barbados Free Press

On Sunday 22nd March 2009 I was one of a large group of hikers, some of whom were  American , British , Canadian and European  nature enthusiasts exploring the lush, breath taking scenery along the coastal part of St.Lucy on the island of Barbados.

Softened Photo Of Hanged Dog

Softened Photo Of Hanged Dog

Our bliss, however, was short lived as we looked out onto the Caribbean sea and saw to our horror, in the foreground,  the silhouette, of a dead dog hung by his neck under a tree.   His jaws rigid and open, seemingly still gasping for breath.  A crate was placed just inches under his feet, the scratch marks still visible where he struggled. A length of cord, knotted together was used to haul the animal upwards, deliberately tied to different areas of the tree as one would rig a pulley, in an obvious effort to make this animal suffer a slow and agonizing death. It is also the opinion of a veterinary doctor after he had seen these photographs that this dog was beaten about the head prior to its death.

The Monster Who Did This Walks Among Us

The RSPCA was notified. Their response was “ write a letter to the newspapers”. Where is the  the “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” in such a response?

The police were also called. Their response was even worse. No response. (Although a follow up call was made the next day to Constable Best of the police station in that area, who informed us that “ the dog was removed”) .Very impressive! I suppose we should all feel better now .

I do not have to express the disgust and terror felt by my fellow hikers, especially the visitors. A holiday marred by this grizzly scene and to top it all off, the attitudes of  the very authorities whose responsibility it is to investigate such complaints and  prevent further  acts of cruelty.

Animal laws do exist in Barbados but until some police ( and other policy makers)  leave the dog fighting arenas at the weekend and change their lax attitudes towards animal cruelty, there will be more scenes like this for tourists to write home about.

Please note that this story along with photographs, has also been sent  to the BBC World news, The British Press, Fox News Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show and the Canadian Press.

Irate Hiker

Editor’s Note: BFP received four high-resolution photos from the author of this article. We cropped and softened one using PhotoShop, but we will not be showing the rest of the photos because they are simply too graphic.


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Crime & Law, Ethics, Police, Tourism, Traveling and Tourism

Hello Gun Tattoos – Goodbye To Our Barbados Sweetheart Rihanna


We Don’t Understand Rihanna’s Message, But We Don’t Like It

Guns are about power and control through violence and threats of violence. Does Rihanna believe that tattooing two guns on her body is some outward show of inner strength? That message becomes hollow mek sport when the person wearing the gun tattoos is a victim of domestic violence who crawled back to her abuser.

rihanna-gun-tattoosAround the table at Barbados Free Press we really didn’t know what to think when we first saw these photos. Shona said “The poor thing is in trouble” while all Robert could muster was a sad “That makes me sick to my heart for the girl.”

According to Huffington Post, the guns on the shoulders are where Rihanna really wanted them, but she ended up putting them under her arms on each side. The ones on her shoulders were drawings prior to the actual cutting of the underarm guns.

We’ll leave it to our readers and not say too much more except that to many of us in Barbados, it feels like someone has abducted our sweetheart. We’d really like her back, but we don’t think that is going to happen…

So sad.

Further Reading

Sexy Pink Blog (Trinidad & Tobago): Big Dream, Small Guns – Rihanna

Huffington Post: Rihanna Gets A Gun Tattoo

Tattoo artist BANG: MySpace Photos


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Music, Rihanna