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Swiss delegation signs protocol to support stray dogs castration program in Hurghada

Ahram Online, Monday 22 Oct 2018
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Stray dogs seen in a street in Egypt (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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A delegation of Swiss veterinaries has signed a protocol with Egypt's Red Sea Hurghada Veterinary Directorate to boost efforts to control the spread of stray dogs through castration.

The Swiss delegation was headed by Suzy Utzinger, Head of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals SPCA who inked the protocol.

According to the agreement, Egyptian veterinaries will be trained for a week on performing different surgeries as well as medical examinations. 

The program comes as part of efforts to deter the spread of stray dogs in touristic Red Sea resorts. 

A leading Egyptian MP has suggested that Egypt export stray dogs for meat consumption to countries like South Korea as a solution to the nationwide problem.

Deputy of the human rights committee in parliament, Margaret Azer, told Ahram Online last week in a phone call that her suggestion is an alternative to "shooting dogs dead or castrating them."

Stray dogs and cats are a common sight in Egypt. The state has been attempting to find a solution in recent years, often resorting to killing the animals.

While there is no official data about stray dogs in the country, a study published on the privately owned Al-Watan newspaper said the country is home to 22 million stray dogs nationwide.

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