Winter poisoning of stray animals has started in Sharm el Sheikh with many reports of poison in all areas of Sharm.
Being devoid of tourists at the moment, the city of Sharm el Sheikh is suffering, and this includes the cats and dogs that live on the streets. Poison and the harrowing effects of it have been seen in the residential areas of Sharm, including Hadaba, Hai el Nour and Nabq. Dead cats and dogs lying in the street is becoming a common sight every morning. Not only is this a danger to cats and dogs, but these areas are inhabited by families with children who play in these areas, and who neither want to accidently touch the poison and risk their own lives, nor be faced with the sight of dead animals outside their homes.
While the source of the poison in most cases in unknown with no one claiming responsibility, it is clear that the streets and residential compounds are being ‘cleaned up’. There are many reasons for the clean up – upcoming elections, lack of tourists creating the opportunity to carry it out with few witnesses, the growing number of stray animals reaching its peak. Whatever the reason, the residents and visitors to Sharm want this to stop. Sharm Action for Animals has previously met with the Governor, who promised it would stop. Carrying out TNR (Trap – Neuter – Return) has been ongoing as an alternative.
We ask the Governor of South Sinai to put a stop to the painful, prolonged torture these animals endure by banning poisoning, and support instead TNR and assist Sharm Action For Animals in making this a long term, viable solution to control the growing numbers of stray animals.