After a long drive from the Jetwing Jaffna hotel, we had to take an extremely dodgy ferry to the island. The ferry was crowded and hot! I felt unsafe and prayed to make it to the other side! There is a Bhuddist and a Hindu temple on the island. I accompanied my husband who is Hindu, and we were accompanied by our guide. My attention was IMMEDIATELY grabbed by the poor condition of the cows and dogs on the island: the animals are starving and emaciated, and the dogs are so diseased with mange( I'm guessing), that some of them have no fur. The cows come sniffing your hand for food, their bones protruding! I have written to a few orgnaisations in Sri Lanka about the plight of these poor animals, but nobody has said that they are going to do anything about them! This reall y upset me and kinda put a damper on my trip as I couldn't forget about these sorry souls who were like the walking dead! If TRIPADVISOR can draw attention to their plight, I would be ecstatic!