Description:“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” As said by Mahatma Gandhi. In Mauritius though, many do not feel the same way. Cases of cruelty and inhumanity towards animals are on the rise and nothing is being done to stop it. There are numerous laws in Mauritius that were established to safeguard animals and stop cruelty towards them but very few are aware of it and apply it.
There is a shocking number of animals dying from neglect every year. Chained dogs are most likely to die from starvation, dehydration or hypothermia, since their confinement renders them especially vulnerable and helpless. Stray animals are without shelter in extreme heat or cold. Animal cruelty and abuse are in different forms. Clearly emaciated animals: clearly visible bones and lethargy can be a sign of an untreated, life-threatening medical condition or imminent starvation. Obvious, untreated wounds or other medical conditions: Animals that are limping or demonstrating distress and animals with multiple patches of missing fur and open sores need treatment.
Potential Solutions (if any): Support from government to local shelter and animal rescue organization such as PAWS, Save A Stray and others.
Educating students on animal welfare since primary school.
Laws to punish animal abusers.