A heartbreaking video taken in the Ghobeiri district of Beirut, reveals the illegal stray dog poisonings in Lebanon. Under new animal welfare laws, the poisoning of dogs is against the law, and reports from local media state the men who carried out the killings have been arrested and an investigation launched.
Animal advocates, however tell a different story, and the disturbing cellphone video taken, shows a man in uniform lifting still alive dogs foaming at the mouth and terrified into the back of a truck. According to Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , other dogs that had not eaten the poisoned food left out on the streets for the strays, came over to comfort their dying canine companions.
“Numerous dogs were filmed lying on the ground, crying, shaking, and foaming at the mouth. The municipality fully admits to luring them with poisoned meat only to kill them. This sickening level of abuse, torture, suffering and complete disregard for life and law is absolutely shocking. They had not even died before they were thrown into the back of a municipal vehicle.”
Authorities had claimed the dogs were being aggressive, but no proof has been offered, nor does the law grant permission to torture the stray dogs in such a despicable manner.
“We reached out to the municipality and were told they did this as the dogs are ‘aggressive and attacked many people’. Even if that were true, this is still not an acceptable way to deal with the dogs. The video shows friendly dogs, dogs checking on the ones who were dying, dogs not attacking or acting aggressively even in such a stressful situation. We also doubt the claims that these dogs attacked many people and request to see a compilation of all the reported incidents over the last months. There is no question that this is unethical and immoral, and now with the Animal Protection and Welfare law, we believe it is also illegal and cannot,” stated a BETA spokesperson on Facebook.
What you can do –
– Contact the Ministry of Interior and urge this be stopped by all municipalities
– Contact the general prosecutor and urge them to act
The extremely disturbing video submitted to Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals can be seen on the organization’s Facebook page.
(Photos of stray dog poisonings in Lebanon via Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Facebook page)
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