IAWPC Responds to MSPCA Comments on Dog Cruelty
The International Animal Welfare and Protection Coalition (IAWPC) has noted the unhelpful comments made by Mr Shashi Shanto, the President of the Mauritius Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), following our recent letter to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, expressing not only our deep concern and condemnation of the cruel methods being employed by the MSPCA in catching and killing both stray and owned dogs on behalf of the Government of Mauritius, but also calling for their immediate end and replacement by more humane methods.
He also claims that they only use “soft options”. Such a comment is clearly not borne out by the facts or reality of the MSPCA’s current or previous dog catching and killing activities.
Mr Shanto refers to the organizations that make up the IAWPC as “These extremist organizations…”. To suggest that worldwide respected organizations including for example the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Patron, Her Majesty the Queen), World Society for the Protection of Animals, International Fund for Animals, International Animal Rescue, Humane Society International, National Council for SPCA’s, Worldwide Veterinary Service, Marchig Animal Welfare Trust to name but a few who help make up the IAWPC as “extremists” is once again astonishing.
The IAWPC represents international organisations with extensive knowledge of animal welfare and protection issues, including humane dog control, in countries throughout the world. A number of our member organisations have first-hand knowledge of the stray dog situation on Mauritius. On behalf of our members globally we once again respectfully call on the Government of Mauritius to bring about an immediate end to the cruel and indiscriminate dog catching and killing methods being carried out by the MSPCA and we urge the Government, to work with the local organisation 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.
Alan Knight OBE, International Animal Rescue