Algerian youth … a passion for raising cats and dogs

There is a desire to care for dogs (Esra Hajioglu / Anatolia)

The love of the new generation in Algeria to have and raise pets, especially cats and dogs, has become clear and interesting. Does this indicate a spontaneous imitation of the western way of life, or does the phenomenon have other backgrounds?

It is not uncommon for Algerians to raise cats and dogs in their homes, especially in rural areas, as there is hardly a home without a cat and a dog, and perhaps more; In fact, some areas call the dog “mall of the house,” meaning homeowner, and “Al-Assas,” meaning guard, indicating that the breeding of these two pets, which we find to be present in the prehistoric period. the drawings on some Algerian murals, were not for taming and pretending, but for functional reasons like hunting and conservation.

The habit of raising cats and dogs for a large segment of Algerians, especially young people, has become in recent years a fashion and a general passion away from traditional motifs. The evidence is that it is more prevalent in cities than in the countryside. We can find a cat or a dog or both in a cramped apartment inside a building whose owners are already struggling to find a comfortable sleeping space. This fad or passion resulted in trade and markets, some of which specialize in selling and exchanging cats and dogs themselves, and some of which specialize in supplies related to them such as food, bedrooms, decorations and cleaning materials, which are now are being produced. profits for their owners.

Ezz El-Din B. says: (36 years old) told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that he owned a cafe in Algiers, but he closed it in light of the consequences of the Corona epidemic over the last three years, of the recurrence of closing well-known commercial spaces. , and opening a store that sold pets such as rabbits, birds, turtles, cats and puppies. , grows in some seasons, such as summer, when family weddings are numerous, because some animals, especially cats, are now given gifts on such occasions as the gift was limited to tangible goods.

Ezz Al-Din confirms to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that his clients are young girls and young men. And if it happens that one of them is old, he does not keep for himself a cat or a puppy, but for one of the children or young people of the family. He says: “It’s a youth trade par excellence and stumble without them. They make great and daily efforts to protect the survival of their pets in the face of rejection by parents and grandparents, in the context of the different moods of generations within the family. “Algerians. The animals I sold have always been returned to me because of that refusal.”

And because it’s a youth business, Azzedine believes that “there is a kind of pride among young people, just like cars. You find that the more expensive ones are more expensive than the ones sold at low prices, in addition to supplies related to The young Algerian may not have a good phone, but he is proud to have a cat, a bird or a dog of a rare species.He may not mention his food, but boasts in front of his peers that his dog his eats. well. “

Academic Mohammed Al-Amin Laawneh reads the younger generation’s passion for buying and raising cats and dogs in recent years from an angle that represents Western life, in an opening to it enabled by new media and from an angle of a sense of general youth. alienation within society. He explains his idea by saying: “The young Algerian who opened his eyes and opened his consciousness after a decade of violence and terrorism in the 1990s, despite all his corruption, no longer feels psychological and intellectual belonging. of the national. This does not mean that he is not a patriot, as it seems in national team matches, in fact he does not find himself within what he considers hypocrisy and lies in the name of religion and homeland. the phenomenon of clandestine immigration flourished, which is in fact the replacement of a civilized concept with a concept that does not replace one country with another ”. He adds: “This sense of alienation prompted a large segment of young people to tame pets as a psychological and philosophical position on existing systems, including the family system.” He demonstrates this by saying that “some young people spend more time with their dogs than with their parents and siblings.”

Homeless dog shelter is common in Algeria (Christophe Simon / AFP)

In recent months, groups have begun to appear on social media to find people to adopt pets, especially cats and dogs. In fact, this trend has been adopted by several field associations dealing with charitable and humanitarian activities. . Nawfal student and activist Mohamed Moutah says: “The increase in the number of cats abandoned by their owners and lost in alleys and streets has become very interesting in more than one Algerian city, including Laghouat (400 km south of Algeria). ), which prompted one of the veterinarians to launch a humanitarian initiative to provide small homes for cats to be placed in public places and accessible to humans, providing them with food and care.

For the reason why young people do not sell animals instead of giving them away for free, he says that “they have usually grown up making it difficult to adapt to a new owner, so animal traders will refrain from them because they are not there are more pets in their eyes, and they will get tired of Find someone to buy it.

At the entrance of a veterinary clinic in the town of M’sila, where a space was allocated for the reception and treatment of cats and stray dogs and another space for adoption, we noticed a large turnout for the first and I told him the second. . The 22-year-old university says he brought his cat to this safe place as he could not find anyone to buy it. He explains: “I could not restrain myself from abandoning him in a way that would make him fall homeless and harm him directly and indirectly. Remember that one of a child’s hobbies in Algeria, in the context of his upbringing. “Violent, is throwing stones at cats and dogs. Here at least he guarantees shelter and food.” .

He justifies abandoning his cat with the fact that he is no longer able to afford the financial burden of raising him. He says: “The cost of living has increased recently. The Ramadan table this year was poorer than in previous years. We do not know what the situation will be like in the future. Therefore austerity measures have become a task, if not. out of immediate need, then from precaution. ”Muhammad said that he“ bought red and white meat, fish and cheese for his cat, as he did not eat pasta or any food available, except that he had special cleaning supplies and vaccination appointments. to the vet. “He concludes by saying:” In the past I have defended the presence of cheddar in the house. This is his name in the face of my father’s refusal, but I am no longer able to do so because his expenses have been deducted. ”.

Even if the difficult living conditions that have become troublesome for Algerians have pushed some to abandon their pets or the pace of their purchase, their passion for them remains, which makes the issue a social phenomenon worthy of study.

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