Dogs and pets in Egypt have recently been sent to Europe and the United States (U.S.) to receive proper healthcare, also to be freed from the abuse they are subject to on the streets of Egypt.
Rock and Rawhide, a non-profit organisation based in New York that helps save shelter pets, published a video of a paralysed puppy from Egypt “Loza” which arrived in the U.S. after it had been attacked by stray dogs in Egypt and was severely injured.
Another group of dogs arrived on Thursday to New York after an organisation had gone on a rescue mission to save them. Founder of In Our Hands Jennifer Lamb said that these dogs were treated poorly in Egypt and the government dealt with them as if they were rats and poisoned them. She added that the hardest part was selecting only a few dogs to be brought over.
Egypt has no certified clinics for animal’s blood testing, so the samples have to be sent outside Egypt which is rather expensive and doesn’t give all animals sufficient healthcare.
Animals Rights Advocate Ahmed Hamed told Egyptian Streets that Egypt is rather far from the minimum international standards for animal rights, adding that it is a distorted situation.
“Street animals, in particular, are subject to horrible acts of violence and abuse almost every day in the streets of Egypt. The majority of the Egyptian populations have zero sympathies and no tolerance towards these poor creatures,” says Hamed.
He further added that as an individual in the animal welfare community, he often witnesses unbearable actions towards animals; they have cases of animals burnt alive and thrown off rooftops.
The abuse is not restricted to people, but also the government that considers these animals as pests that should be eliminated, suing internationally banned methods. The government holds frequent poisoning and mass shooting campaigns.
“Healthcare for animals in Egypt is deteriorated and outdated, and this is caused by the poor educational system. Veterinary schools in Egypt require the least scores among all the other medical and pharmaceutical schools. These schools are mainly focused on the industrial economy of large farm animals, with minimal care to the small and pet animals,” Hamed continued.
Hamed shared a story about a donkey that has been living in Zagazig University for three years and was severely neglected with no medical care whatsoever.
Hamed said that there are no rules and laws in Egypt, hence no rights for animals, unlike developed countries that protect animals from violence and exploitation. Even in pet shops, they are maltreated and kept in cages with poor medical care and no proper nutrition.
He further stressed the importance of regulating breeding of cats and dogs as we already have overpopulation in them.
Hamed concluded by saying that shooting and poisoning these animals is not the answer and not a solution because they multiply rapidly and neutering animals-surgically preventing them from breeding is most humane way to deal with the strays crisis.