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Animal rights in Morocco: Stay of execution for strays

The country is home to 2 million stray dogs, 200,000 of which are eliminated every year for fear of rabies. They do it when the tourists arrive or when a particular event is coming up.

REGINA KEIL-SAGAWE: ‘It finally happened on 15 August: a contract between the city of Agadir and the Association le Coeur sur la Patte came into force. An historic contract, putting an end to the slaughter of Moroccan street dogs, in Agadir at least. If everything goes to plan, that is. The ″capture, neuter and release″ concept, recommended by the WHO and practised worldwide, will now also be implemented in Morocco. Then the dog-catchers will be re-educated. They have been hunting Morocco′s stray dogs for decades with shotguns and strychnine, but without success… All this should soon become a thing of the past…

The country is home to 2 million stray dogs, 200,000 of which are eliminated every year for fear of rabies… They do it when the tourists arrive or when a particular event is coming up, like the Marrakesh film festival or the COP22 World Climate Summit. Morocco′s animal rights campaigners started calling for a boycott of the summit back in March, following the grisly massacre of street dogs in Ksar el-Kebir in Easter week… There was a massive online outcry: videos of dying dogs with bullet wounds and photos of teenagers with rifles posing triumphantly in front of pick-up trucks piled high with corpses, were widely shared… There′s only one way to change that, and banish rabies at the same time: immunise and sterilise, sterilise, sterilise’. SOURCE...

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