Outrage in Qatar over taking pictures of 29 canine because it prepares for World Cup | Qatar

The slaughter of 29 canine by males armed with rifles in Qatar has sparked outrage within the Gulf state because it gears as much as host the World Cup later this yr.

Authorities say police are investigating the killings, the worst of a collection of brutal circumstances of cruelty to canine. However they face criticism from animal welfare activists who say legal guidelines defending home animals like canine should not being enforced.

The most recent killings passed off at an industrial compound close to the capital Doha on 10 July, however the slaughter was solely reported days later, activists advised AFP.

4 males, two armed with searching rifles, threatened guards on the manufacturing facility after which killed 29 canine and puppies, activists stated. No less than three others have been wounded, together with two within the late phases of being pregnant.

When the boys confirmed up the canine began working in the direction of them believing “they have been going to be fed”, one activist stated. “However the males began taking pictures at random,” the activist added.

Authorities say they’ve recognized suspects, with out giving additional particulars.

The motive was not instantly clear although activists stated canine have lengthy been a goal for inhumane remedy within the Gulf state the place some consider that Islam considers canine “unclean”.

In keeping with one activist, the shooters advised safety guards “{that a} canine had bitten the son of one of many males”. “However the compound is sealed off with excessive fences and no little one may enter to play close to the canine,” the activist stated.

One other stated there had been many circumstances in recent times of canine and birds, together with flamingoes, getting used for goal apply by individuals with rifles.

“There appears to be no legislation enforced, meaning these monsters might be by no means dropped at justice,” Paws Rescue Qatar, a animal welfare group that first reported the assault, stated in an announcement on its Instagram account.

An activist added: “The problem right here is why individuals are allowed to make use of searching rifles and weapons in opposition to animals. So far as we’re conscious no case has ever led to a profitable prosecution.”

Qatari authorities haven’t publicly commented on the case, however Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, sister of the Qatari ruler, condemned the assault as “unacceptable” on social media.

For the reason that slaughter, authorities have rounded up the opposite canine that have been within the industrial compound and brought them to a government-run shelter the place about 3,000 strays are believed to be held, based on activists.

These campaigners have complained that activists have by no means been given entry to the shelter, and concern for the animals held on the facility.

Activists have additionally stated authorities had by no means responded to affords to organise coaching and the administration of shelters.


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