Ac­tivists condemn cull

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

HARARE — An­i­mal rights ac­tivists in Zim­babwe on Mon­day con­demned a de­ci­sion by the city coun­cil of Bu­l­awayo to shoot stray dogs to curb in­ci­dences of ra­bies.

“This is an un­ac­cept­able method be­ing used by the (Bu­l­awayo) mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the depart­ment of ve­teri­nary ser­vices,” Ed­mund Lanca, chair of Zim­babwe’s Na­tional So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA), told Sapa.

Ac­cord­ing to the state-con­trolled Chron­i­cle news­pa­per, 15 dogs had al­ready been shot in Bu­l­awayo’s Cow­dray Park sub­urb af­ter the coun­cil said it was wor­ried about ra­bies.lanca said: “They (the coun­cil) want a quick-fix so­lu­tion. The sad thing is that those strays may be owned.”

How­ever, Bu­l­awayo city coun­cil public re­la­tions of­fi­cer Ne­sisa Mpofu told the Chron­i­cle: “Peo­ple should tie their dogs and not let them out in the street be­cause they risk be­ing shot. — SAPA

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