Managing feral dogs populations can be real challenge. Research shows that the cheapest and most effective way of doing it is trapping, neutering and releasing the animals. Killing them rarely works, and it can cause serious suffering. New evidence has found that feral dogs in Mauritius are being rounded up and killed in painful and distressing ways. Take action now and call on the Mauritian Government to introduce a humane dog-management programme which includes a national spay/neuter programme.
Video footage released by International Animal Rescue and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shows workers from the government-funded Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare (MSAW) violently catching a large number of dogs. The workers then take them to a facility in Port Louis, where as many as 20 of them are killed in full view of one another. While one worker throws the dogs to the ground and stands on them to hold them in place, another administers a hit-or-miss lethal injection – without anaesthetics – through the chest in an apparent attempt to puncture the heart. This procedure is condemned by the international veterinary community because it often causes dogs to die slowly and in extreme pain.
The video, which was filmed in September, reveals that despite years of international outrage over the Mauritian government’s inhumane treatment of its dog population as well as repeated offers from international animal-welfare groups to help introduce humane alternatives, the country is still using a barbaric and ineffective method of dog control.