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Jan 14, 2021

CAIRO — The Administrative Judicial Court of the Egyptian State Council is wanting right into a new lawsuit filed by lawyer Mostafa Shaaban and a gaggle of animal welfare activists, demanding that the federal government stops randomly killing stray canine and cats and bans their export to international locations that enable their meat to be eaten.

The case was addressed to the president of the republic, the prime minister, the ministers of inside, overseas affairs, native growth, funding and agriculture, and the chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Veterinary Services (GOVS). 

On Jan. 9, the courtroom adjourned the listening to of the case to Jan. 23. 

Shaaban advised Al-Monitor over the telephone that the federal government companies are conducting a scientific marketing campaign to kill canine and cats throughout Egypt in violation of the legislation, utilizing brutal and immoral strategies, most notably killing them with bullets or by inserting lethal toxins into meals and feeding it to them. He stated that is the explanation for submitting a lawsuit to pressure the federal government to cease this marketing campaign.

He stated that this authorities technique disturbs the ecological steadiness as nicely, as these canine and cats often feed on snakes, mice and numerous rodents, which creates a pure environmental steadiness between these organisms.

Shaaban famous that some predators, similar to wolves and mountain foxes, fear canine, so their presence within the streets helps these animals from migrating to city areas or new cities near the desert and mountainous areas, similar to sixth of October City, Badr City and 10th of Ramadan City. The unjust killing of canine is towards the structure on the one hand, and towards nature and the environmental steadiness on the opposite, he aded.

Article 45 of the Egyptian Constitution stipulates, “The state commits to protecting its seas, beaches, lakes, waterways, groundwater and natural reserves. … The state also commits to the protection and development of green space in urban areas; the protection of plants, livestock and fisheries; the protection of endangered species; and the prevention of cruelty to animals.”

Dina Zulfikar, a outstanding animal rights activist, advised Al-Monitor over the telephone that though the Egyptian Constitution gives for the safety and welfare of animals, the legislation doesn’t punish the killing of canine or cats or any form of animals that aren’t pets, which means that any citizen can kill any canine or cat on the road with none authorized deterrence.

She defined that Article 355 of the Egyptian Penal Code punishes “any individual with penal servitude who deliberately and unjustifiably kills a riding animal, a carrying beast, a towing beast or any other type of livestock, or causes extensive harm to it.”

However, these penalties don’t apply to killing or harming road animals, Zulfikar famous.

“The absence of an explicit legal text to punish those who harm street animals has led to the spread of killing and assault cases, especially against dogs, because Egyptians in general despise street dogs [because they believe they are dirty and carry diseases]. Some citizens are killing dogs in different ways, while local administration officials crack down on dogs or feed them poisoned food,” she added.

Zulfikar defined that the federal government has used a kind of toxin referred to as strychnine to do away with canine, though it’s harmful to human well being and kids specifically, as its impact lasts within the soil for 40 days. Strychnine is used to exterminate rats and rodents, and its use is restricted in different international locations.

This controversy, which has now come all the way down to lawsuits, has existed for a while, particularly after member of parliament Mona Mounir submitted an pressing official briefing request to parliament on Nov. 25, 2018, to carry the federal government accountable for its determination to export cats and canine overseas, in addition to the random killing of road canine.

Mounir’s briefing request talked about that GOVS, the federal government company liable for preserving and growing livestock, had accepted the export of 4,100 canine and cats to a number of international locations for his or her meat.

Hassan Shafiq, GOVS deputy head, advised Al-Monitor that there isn’t any official authorities determination to export canine and cats, however the export course of is permitted in Egypt and is completed in line with particular necessities and permits.

He careworn that the native authorities departments don’t randomly kill canine; they solely kill them after receiving complaints from residents concerning the presence of rabid canine that chunk them or their youngsters, noting that there have been over 300,000 complaints in 2020.

Shafiq stated that the federal government should reply to complaints of road canine attacking residents, particularly since the variety of stray canine in Egypt exceeds 20 million. He careworn that the federal government doesn’t kill all road canine, however targets aggressive ones solely in coordination with GOVS, noting that over 400,000 individuals have been bitten by road canine lately.

He added that within the scientific and non secular view it’s not permissible to kill stray canine or any form of animals except their presence ends in hurt that may solely be eliminated by killing them to guard residents.

“We cannot kill all dogs, and those who accuse the government of randomly killing all dogs are wrong because it is logically inconceivable that more than 20 million dogs will be eliminated in Egypt. But the government must also take action to protect citizens from rabies,” Shafiq famous.

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