Managing feral dog populations can be a challenge. Research shows that the cheapest and most effective way of doing so is to trap, neuter and release feral dogs. Killing rarely works, and it can cause serious suffering as demonstrated in the video that shows the cruel killing of dogs in Mauritius.
Video footage, shown below, was released in September 2016 by International Animal Rescue and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). It is distressing, so watch with caution, and shows dogs being violently captured on mass by workers from the government-funded Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare (MSAW). Once caught, the dogs were taken to a facility in Port Louis where they were thrown to the ground, stood on and given a lethal injection through the chest, without anaesthetics, in an apparent attempt to puncture the heart. The procedure is hit-or-miss and often results in a slow and painful death.
There has been pressure on the Mauritian government to stop the inhumane treatment of feral dogs for years, but this video shows there is still work to do.
Update as of February 2018
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