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Samoa police slay stray dogs at dawn
Friday, 11 May 2007
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.

Source: Cherelle Jackson -
Note: This original article included other writings from this journalist which is unrealted to this news item.

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