Yet another slap for Mauritius! The cruelty of the Mauritian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) has been exposed in a recent investigative report of the Daily Mail. Mauritius is known for its pristine beaches, tranquil setting, and tourist accommodations. The island nation sees as many as 200,000 travellers a year, and like most alluring locations, Mauritius also has a dark side and which is obviously so well hidden by the government.
In an effort to control the population of dogs on the island—an estimated 200,000 animals—the local government has created an organization named the Mauritian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and this so-called protective organisation has been operating since years, in Mauritius.
Don’t be fooled by the official-sounding name; an undercover investigation reveals the society is anything but humane, and promotes cruelty rather than prevents it. The dog wardens have been given a quota of 100 dogs a day to remove from the streets. This ridiculously high number doesn’t mean less strays on the road; it means an increased likelihood of pets being snatched from their yards.
In the investigation, surveillance revealed 80 percent of the pets at the dog pound were owned animals. The dogs had collars and tags with clear addresses. Regardless of ownership, each canine was given three days at the facility before being injected with a lethal medication and left to die in a dark cell.
An average of 20,000 dogs are killed on the island each year and buried in a communal grave. The method of euthanization is not like the pain-free experience in a veterinary hospital!
Many of the dogs are administered injections in inappropriate locations by way of inappropriate methods. Even if the lethal injection is the correct substance, if it is not given directly into the vein, death can be prolonged and incredibly painful, especially at the site of the injection.
According to the inside investigation, most of the dogs killed at the country’s pound took hours to die and seemed to be in great discomfort.
During the three days the dogs are alive, they are kept in cramped kennels, covered in their own waste, fighting over a single bowl of food and water. The dog catchers patrol the fenced areas armed with sharp metal rods used to discipline any dogs that seem to be too loud or rambunctious. In the far corner of the facility, puppies huddle together whining and depressed.
Pet owners have little recourse when it comes to the “island cleanup”. If their pets are taken by the dog patrol, they are expected to pay half a month’s worth of salary to get the animal back.
Most Mauritians can’t afford to rescue their pets. One woman, who was staying on the island for an extended period of time, adopted two dogs and was playing with them on the beach. She was shocked when dog control officers ran down onto the sand, grabbed her dogs and hurled them into the back of a van. When she tried to stop the men, they informed her that because the dogs were not on a leash they were automatically considered strays.
Experts agree the cruelty on the island is unnecessary.
French actress Brigitte Bardot told the Island nation she would pay for the mass sterilization of strays, but her offer was refused.
Local and global experts agree that sterilization would easily remedy the problem. So far, MSPCA has not returned phone calls from the media and is playing the sick-dead to all media reports and as it is, we are obviously not going to stop it right here too.
Photo credit: Daily Mail.