International Animal Welfare and Protection Coalition
 

Dr the Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP,
Prime Minister,
Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications,
Minister for Rodrigues
Prime Minister's Office
New Treasury Building
Intendance Street
Port Louis
Republic of Mauritius
Dear Prime Minister,

16 August 2012


We are representing international organisations with extensive knowledge of animal welfare and protection issues. We express our deep concern and condemnation of the cruel methods employed in catching and killing both stray and owned dogs, carried out by the Mauritian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) on behalf of the Government of Mauritius.

For a number of years, international organisations have given financial support for spay/neuter programmes and provided mobile veterinary clinics to the Protection of Animal Welfare Society – Mauritius (PAWS). After a decade of urging the Government to adopt humane spay/neuter programmes and to halt the indiscriminate and cruel dog catching and killing activities, these organisations were left with no choice but to end all financial support for dog population management in Mauritius.

Offers have been made to financially assist the Government in establishing mass low cost spay/neuter programmes but in return, only platitudes and false promises have been made, while the cruel catch and kill policy continues. A recent article in one of the UK’s leading national newspapers, the Daily Mail on 10 April 2012 confirms this method continues and has led to the promotion of a ‘tourist boycott” of Mauritius by a number of animal welfare organisations. Catching and killing, wherever it has been done does not work. There is now conclusive scientific data which shows that a sustained, long-term sterilisation programme does reduce population size.

The Government of Mauritius’s actions and those of the MSPCA in relation to the treatment of dogs brings international condemnation. Your actions bring shame on the Republic of Mauritius and places at risk the island as a so-called ‘paradise destination’.

As you will be aware, international tourists are much more discerning nowadays as to where they spend their leisure time and money on holidays, where they can enjoy not just the sand, sea and sun but also importantly, where they feel comfortable and at ease. If an island like Mauritius were to earn an international reputation for animal cruelty, inevitably tourist numbers will drop dramatically.

On behalf of our members globally we respectfully call for an immediate end to the cruel and indiscriminate dog catching and killing methods and we urge the Government to work with PAWS to establish a humane control programme consisting of - subsidised mass sterilisation of dogs and cats; a sustainably managed trap/neuter/release initiative; and a national animal welfare education programme.
 

Sent on behalf of the following organisations:

■   Animal Guardians - USA
■   Animal People -USA
■   Animals Asia Foundation - China
■   ACRES - Singapore
■   Asian Animal Protection Association
■   Blue Cross India - India
■   Brigitte Bardot Foundation – Worldwide
■   Humane Society International - Worldwide
■   International Animal Rescue -Worldwide
■   International Fund for Animal Welfare - Worldwide
■   Kenyan SPCA - Kenya
■   Marchig Animal Welfare Trust – Worldwide
■   National Council for SPCAs – South Africa
■   Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - UK
■   Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Hong Kong
■   World Society for the Protection of Animals - Worldwide
■   Worldwide Veterinary Service

Please respond to Alan Knight International Animal Rescue,
Lime House , Regency Close, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 1DS UK.

alan@internationalanimalrescue.org

Copy to:
The Hon. Satya Veyash Faugoo, Minister of Agro Industry and Food Security
The Hon. Michael Yeung Sik Yuen, Minister of Tourism and Leisure

 

 
     

       
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