It has been reported that some people are indulging into the illegal business involving dangerous dog races that are forbidden in the country as dictated by a law that was passed since last year. Dogs like the Amstaff are strictly prohibited to be reared and sold. However, some people have been advertising them on Facebook pages.
Dog race: Amstaff
Dogs are man’s best friends. However, this saying cannot possibly include all dog races – some of them are actually too dangerous. As a matter of fact, the Animal Welfare Act, schedule 1, includes a list of around 20 dogs that are considered to be dangerous. Some of them are allowed to be reared and imported to the island under controlled conditions, while yet others are absolutely illegal to have on the Mauritian land. For instance, the breed Doberman and the Rottweiler can be brought to Mauritius and reared, but only after having sought permission from the ministry of agro industry. However, according to the law, others like the Boerboel, and the Amstaff, are absolutely forbidden on the Mauritian territory.
Dog race: Doberman
Dog race: Boerboel
Dog race: Rottweiler
In spite of the strict law that stipulates the illegality of bringing in certain dogs in Mauritian, some people have allegedly defied the rules. Dogs featuring in the forbidden list are being advertised to be sold in the country. To worsen the matters further, crossbred dogs like the Amstaff-Rottweiler mix are being put on sale. Several Facebook pages have even been created by sellers for the purpose of finding customers. Pictures of Amstaff puppies have been uploaded on the online social network. Boerboels are also part of the business, but they are being sold in a fewer number than those of the Amstaff breed.
An Amstaff puppy is worth around Rs 18 000, and sometimes, the price might even rocket up till Rs 40 000. A Boerboel might cost between Rs 25 000 and Rs 30 000.
An official from the ministry commented on the issue, saying that the business is a lucrative one, hence why people are indulging into it, but, any such case will not be tolerated anymore.
What about those dogs of the forbidden races that were already acquired before the law was passed – the latter being in application since last November? In such exceptional cases, the owners are not expected to get the dogs killed, but rather, they are to inform the ministry, and have the dogs sterilised.
Those who do not respect the limits set by the law are liable to paying a fine of up Rs 50 000, and risk facing a two-year imprisonment.