Egypt: murder as an investment!

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“In our countries, we are still struggling to prove a human’s right to life. I guess it’s gonna take officials a very long time to understand what animal rights mean” – (Youssef Hussein, Egyptian satirist)

For years Egypt has exported cotton, grain and natural gas. Now, it appears, the country will be exporting cats and dogs, too.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian agriculture ministry confirmed that it had recently licensed the export of 4,100 cats and dogs to a number of countries. The news has been met with grave concern by animal rights activists, who say they are worried that the creatures will be sent to countries where they may be eaten and mistreated.

Streune in Kairopg

In September and October, licenses to export 2,400 cats and 1,700 dogs from different breeds were granted, according to the General Authority for Veterinary Services (GAVS).

The GAVS said it was done in accordance with international regulations governing the exporting of animals, including making sure they are free from any diseases.

This is the first time Egypt has exported dogs and cats, according to Hamed Abdeldayem, an agriculture ministry spokesman.

The dogs and cats were mainly “taken from the streets” but have been vaccinated and given a medical certificate from the Animal Health Institute saying they are free from any disease, before being exported, Abdeldayem said.

Abdeldayem could not say which countries the animals were going to be exported to, but said there were no particular conditions in place to decide their destination.

Officials have not given specific reasons why the animals were now being exported, though Egypt has long complained of the number of stray dogs and cats in the country. Last month, a study reported that as many as 22 million stray dogs were on the loose in Egypt.

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A leading Egyptian MP has suggested that Egypt export stray dogs for meat consumption to countries like South Korea as a solution to the problem of overpopulation of stray dogs in the country.

The deputy of the human rights committee in parliament, Margaret Azer, told Ahram Online on Tuesday in a phone call that her suggestion is an alternative to “shooting dogs dead or castrating them.”

“We could collect the stray dogs and place them in a farm where they would be put on a special diet for proper nutrition and then slaughtered and exported,” Azer said.

Azer first made the suggestion in statements to the privately owned newspaper Youm 7 in response to a question on how to deal with the problem of stray dogs.

Azer said the idea of exporting the animals for consumption was made after “discussion with a few South Koreans.”

“This would be an investment for Egypt,” the MP said, adding that she has not yet decided if she will introduce a bill in parliament on the matter.

Azer’s statements have sparked a wave of criticism among animal rights advocates and rescuers in Egypt.

In statements to Ahram Online, Mona Khalil, head of the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA), slammed the MP’s statements, deeming them “shameful coming from a member of parliament who should be paving the way for a better and more humane Egypt.”

“In our old civilisation, such animals were believed to be sacred,” Khalil said angrily. Can we not find a solution that is more scientific? Can we not find something more humane?” she said.

Katze auf einer Sphynx in Kairo

Officials have not given specific reasons why the animals were now being exported, though Egypt has long complained of the number of stray dogs and cats in the country. Last month, a study reported that as many as 22 million stray dogs were on the loose in Egypt.

The state has been attempting to find a solution in recent years, often resorting to killing the animals.

In 2017, a Red Sea governor offered a reward of EGP 100 (around $5.5) for capturing five stray dogs in the governorate and delivering them to the veterinary authority.

The heads of local municipalities often post pictures of campaigns by assigned workers to kill stray dogs, often by mass poisoning. This has been decried by animal rights advocates in the country, who ask for alternatives that are more humane.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/has-egypt-just-started-exporting-stray-dogs-and-cats-south-korea-2048281145

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/313075/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-MP-suggests-exporting-stray-dogs-to-SKorea-f.aspx

My Comment: “Who has rights is respected.
Who has no rights is despised” said Bertolt Brecht.

As far as animals are concerned, they are not only despised! mostly, and under the power of human fascism they are poisoned, exploited, massacred. Every day, everywhere. Even in a country with the oldest civilization in the world.

Maybe this petition can help, please sign and share: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/de/348/130/961/stop-eygpt-sending-defenceless-dogs-to-china/

My best regards, Venus

 

 

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