The Mauritian government’s decision to catch-and-kill beach stray dogs has met with quite some opposition from members of the public. Already, more than 3 000 individuals have signed a petition addressed to the Prime Minister to put an end to this cruel act.
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The shocking news that the government is going for a mass catch-and-kill to get rid of beach stray dogs is all over online social networks, as hundreds of Mauritians are coming out to denounce the decision.
The methodology to be taken will involve catching the stray dogs from beaches. Thereafter, they will be given 3 days where individuals wishing to adopt them and care for them can intervene. After that, they will be killed if noone comes forward. Therefore, one way to saving them from being killed is to go for adoption.
It is undeniable that our country is plagued with the problem of stray dogs all over the island. However, can this justify the large-scale murder of living creatures? Is there no other way out? Can the catch-and-kill strategy serve as solution for us humans when it is, in its very nature, inhumane?
Mass sterilization & not mass killing
Over the years, many complaints have been filed concerning stray dogs. Moreover, foreigners have also deplored the state of the stray dogs which are said to be ill-treated and left to starve. Undoubtedly, one way to go about this predicament would be to call for mass sterilization so that stray dogs do not reproduce uncontrollably.
A petition is currently being signed by Mauritians to appeal to the government to renounce to take to their “solution”.
A Facebook page has also been created to raise awareness of the current situation to urge more and more people to sign the petition. The hashtag #SaveOurBeachDogs is now trending over online social media.
Dog-lovers or not, we cannot stay insensitive to this, can we?