Target: Alireza Pakfetrat, Mayor of Shiraz
Goal: Stop cruel and torturous injection of acid into stray dogs.
Stray dogs are being injected with a deadly substance and left on the streets to die by Iranian contractors in the city of Shiraz. Videos released by activists show the dogs writhing and screeching from the pain for minutes after being injected with what is presumed to be acid before the substance finally kills them. The activists filming the video claimed that the men were hired by the city of Shiraz to help control the population of stray dogs.
The city of Shiraz is home to a large population of stray and feral dogs, which are considered to be pests. They destroy garbage cans looking for food and have even lashed out and bitten children. As only a small portion of the dogs have been vaccinated and sterilized, the problem is compounded by rampant disease and a steadily rising population.
While population control is necessary to reduce dog attacks, the city of Shiraz chose the cheapest and fastest option rather than considering the welfare of the animals. Programs in which feral animals are captured, immunized, sterilized, and released have proven effective in some cities, while others have successfully built animal shelters to house and rehabilitate stray dogs before adoption.
At the very least, these dogs deserve a humane form of euthanasia, rather than being injected with caustic substances and left to write in pain until their deaths. The manner in which the contractors killed the animals is tantamount to torture and must be halted immediately. Sign the petition below to demand that the City of Shiraz implement a humane plan for dealing with rising populations of stray dogs.
Dear Mayor Alireza Pakfetrat,
Recent footage released by activists shows four men injecting a caustic substance into stray dogs, causing them to writhe in pain for minutes before dying. These men were allegedly hired by the city of Shiraz to control the population of strays that have become a threat to citizens.
Rather than sanctioning the brutal killing of stray dogs, the city of Shiraz should explore humane options for population control, such as trapping programs and animal shelters. We, the undersigned, demand that measures are taken to ensure that all stray or feral dogs in Shiraz are treated in a humane manner.
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