Moroccans demand end to 'massacre' of stray dogs


Published: 2023-06-04 10:24

Last Updated: 2024-06-20 12:13

Moroccans demand end to 'massacre' of stray dogs
Moroccans demand end to 'massacre' of stray dogs

Animal rights activists in Morocco protested in the capital Rabat Saturday to demand a ban on what one demonstrator called the "pitiless" killing of stray animals, an AFP journalist reported.

On Friday, ahead of the protest, the interior ministry told local media it had already taken measures to encourage municipalities to avoid using firearms and poisons to kill stray dogs.

But some activists remained unconvinced.

Sacha, from the North African country's commercial capital Casablanca, said he was against "the pitiless extermination of cats and dogs in Morocco".

"Dogs are maltreated and put in cages with nothing to eat or drink, they are massacred -- poisoned or burned alive -- and their young are drowned," the activist told AFP.

The demonstration outside parliament in Rabat was called by the country's society for the protection of animals (SPAM), as part of an international campaign.

"We want an immediate end to the killing of street dogs," SPAM chief Ali Izzidine said. "We also want parliament to pass a law protecting animals."

He said his organization was also calling for the application of a TNVR program (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return).

In 2019 Morocco signed an agreement "to sterilize, vaccinate and identify stray dogs", but activists say it has not been implemented.