13 year old collects in public areas to feed animals

Meet Siliva Suitupe who loves animal.

The Samoa Observer met the 13-year-old roaming the streets of Apia to collect leftover food from rubbish bins.

He said he was collecting food wasted by people to feed his animals at home as they rarely have anything to eat.

"If people were to eat these at home, they would also give their left overs to their dogs so it's the same thing. I get many attentions most of the time for doing this but I don't care. What's important is that I get to feed my dog and my pig at home who are starving," Mr. Suitupe said.

He said he does not attend school, and sometimes finds part time jobs around the corners of the Savalalo Fish Market.

The team from this newspaper witnessed a bunch of men walking passed Mr. Suitupe and uttered unpleasant words, saying "Boy stop eating bad stuff from the rubbish".  

But Mr. Suitupe could not care less as he was still diving into the rubbish bin to look for more leftovers.

Animal Protection Society (A.P.S) Chairperson, Dr. Joan Macfarlane said the five basic needs of animals are food and water; shelter; vet care; de-sexing; and play and companionship. 

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