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Samoan Police Murder “Stray” Dogs to “Beautify” Island Before South Pacific Games

How absolutely horrible! If someone arranges a way for all of us to show we are watching and disgusted, please bark in! There is a...

Joy  |  May 12th 2007


How absolutely horrible! If someone arranges a way for all of us to show we are watching and disgusted, please bark in!

There is a picture with this post but it is extremely upsetting. It is viewable on the article’s home page.

Thanks to nzherald.co.nz for this horrific news.

Foreign correspondent: Samoa police slay stray dogs at dawn
May 11, 2007
By Cherelle Jackson

The sun still rises in Samoa but this week it is somewhat somber.

I just found out that the Ministry of Police in partnership with the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) have been shooting stray dogs in the early hours of the morning and dumping the carcasses in a mass pit at the local landfill.

The operation known as ‘Stray Dogs Eradication Taskforce’ apparently began in January in a bid to “beautify” the town before the South Pacific Games in August-September.

The Animal Protection Society says they cannot do anything about it. A spokesperson said: “We are a small organisation and we cannot fight against the Government.”

Their disapproval of such practice has not stopped the Taskforce from killing more than a 100 dogs a month.

Last night I stumbled upon their kill of the morning, seven dogs in a pile next to the STA office in town, most of the dogs looked well fed and clean, indicating that they are non-strays.

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