STOP THE UNRESTRAINED ABUSE OF ANIMALS IN EGYPT: PASS ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS
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A dog is seen running, tottering, then dropping dead on the stairs of a Cairo University faculty near the metro station. Poisoning was the method used by the university to get rid of dogs that were said to be bothering university students, event tough students deny those allegations.
In Egypt, animals are often abused, abandoned or worse tortured to death. There are many many incidents of abuses such as the infamous sadistic killing of a dog tied to a pole with machetes and sticks in Qalioubiya a few years ago, another brutal killing of six puppies in Alexandria, the poisoning of stray cats and even the beating of carriage horses. Those are unfortunately mundane urban scenes in Egypt, and the story that follows is only all to common.
Rex was a ten-day-old puppy when he was taken away from his mother by a porter who wanted to raise him as a watchdog. But by the time Rex was six months old, his kind, friendly nature had led the porter to shackle him to an electricity pole with heavy iron chains. Rex, the baladi street dog, was no longer wanted by his owner. He was then transported to a street in New Cairo where he instantly won the hearts of the residents and children of the area. He was regularly fed and taken care of while he enjoyed the freedom of running and playing around.. Rex had a happy year. But one morning, a man fed him a piece of poisoned meat. Rex, the happy street dog, died.
Countless animals die every day in Egypt due to abuse and punishments if any are too light to serve as a deterrent. The culture of animal care, along with common humanity for that matter, seems lost on many. There are many more stories some more brutal than others about animals suffering from plain cruelty. The poisoning of the dogs at Cairo University is a recent illustration of the continuous inhumane treatment that animals suffer in the country.
THE GOVERNMENT IN EGYPT NEEDS TO ENACT COMPREHENSIVE ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS TO END THIS CYCLE OF ABUSE. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND LET US BE THE VOICE FOR THOSE POOR ANIMALS
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