The Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare (MSAW) was growing more and more notorious since some of its activities were described as being barbaric. Now that yet another video allegedly depicting its employees ill-treating a stray dog on the premises of Forest-Side SSS, it is being called out more than ever. The students of the college affirm that the dog was indeed mistreated. However, the MSAW has another version.
An inspector from the MSAW, M. Cassan, asserts that the news being propagated is fake. He affirms that the methods the employees adhere to are in line with the norm.
M. Cassan explains that the presence of the animal in the school posed a risk to the students, and that if ever a student was bitten, the MSAW would have been held responsible.
On the other hand, it is claimed that the Minister of Agro-Industry, Mahen Seeruttun, had instructed for the capture of stray dogs to stop; this decision was made after a video featuring animals being ill-treated by the MSAW was released in June.
M. Cassan still insists that the video that was uploaded online is fake, arguing that it cannot be proven that the dog was indeed injured since it was a stray and noone was taking care of it.
According to l’Express.mu though, a student from the school stated that the dog was perfectly in good health in the morning before the MSAW came to capture it. As per her claims, she had later witnessed the animal being hit with a stick by a man from the MSAW.
The Ministry of Agro-Industry has opened an investigation to shed light on the issue.