Cruelty in Paradise…. Animal Welfare Conditions Shocking in Resort Destination Mauritius
In Mauritius, beloved pet dogs are snatched and murdered on a daily basis
Imagine how you would feel if upon taking your dog for a walk in the park, he was snatched in front of your very eyes and branded a stray by the authorities…
Imagine chasing after the captors who are dragging your beloved pet away, only to find out that this isn’t a mistake on their part, this is a routine operation that sees hundreds of dogs a day taken from the streets.
Forced to live in unsanitary conditions, these innocent animals are then put down using a slow and painful lethal injection, unless their owners can raise enough funds to pay a ‘ransom.’
What’s even more shocking than this daily practice is the fact that this inhumane crime is committed in Mauritius, a picture-perfect holiday destination, famed for clean beaches and luxurious resorts. Located in the Indian Ocean, the group of islands have become synonymous with luxury, and are a popular holiday destination for honeymooners, divers and those that can afford to live the 5-star lifestyle for a week or two.
But beneath this exotic facade lies the murky world of dog culling, where the ironically named Mauritius Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) are attempting to cut the population of stray dogs, by removing them from the streets and locking them in cramped, unsanitary cages before killing them after a few short days.
This is all detailed in a report from British newspaper the Daily Mail, which shows graphic photos of the living conditions in which strays – and pet dogs snatched from their owners in broad daylight – have to live in until a lethal injection puts them out of their misery.
According to the report, the dogs are forced into already overcrowded cages, with meagre portions of water and food to sustain them. This is a world away from the white, sandy beaches and clear blue waters most of us associate with the idyllic holiday destination.
As a pet owner and an avid animal lover, I find it astonishing that these poor creatures go without the most basic essentials they need to survive, let alone grooming, flea treatment and dental checks.
Surveillance by the newspaper revealed that many of the dogs and puppies held by the MSPCA wore collars, indicating that they were in fact pets, not strays. Sadly most Mauritian workers earn a small wage, making it almost impossible to pay the ‘ransom’ that the MSPCA demands before an animal can be released.
As the number of stray dogs on the islands continues to rise, so too will this heartbreaking act.
If you want to help put a stop to this type of unnecessary cruelty, there are petitions you can sign to make your voice heard and pledge support for those four-legged friends who can’t voice their pain.
Louise Blake is a career-focused mum-to-be with a passion for animal welfare. She can’t wait to be a mum, though she worries about how her beloved pets will cope with the new arrival! In her free time, she blogs for Pet Meds about animal care and welfare.