Homeless cats and dogs in Morocco are being shot, poisoned, or left to die in cages without food or water.
King Mohammed VI gave a royal order to end Morocco’s decades-long massacre of homeless dogs and cats in 2019, and authorities signed an agreement to stop the killing. However, the agreement didn’t hold and the killings have resumed as the country prepares for a bid to host the 2030 FIFA Club World Cup.
A series of videos exposed the horror behind Morocco’s massacre:
- Men with rifles gunned down dogs in full view of shocked witnesses, including children.
- Some dogs were poisoned, while others were burned alive.
- Dogs and puppies separated from their mums are locked up together (10 to 20 in small cages) and left to die without food, water, or basic medical care in supposed “shelters” all around the country.
3 Million Animals May Be Murdered
One newspaper reported that the mass killings were carried out in Tangier to “beautify” the city ahead of the football tournament.
The hosts for the 2030 FIFA World Cup are expected to be announced in September 2024 after a vote by approximately 200 member federations. Morocco is joining Spain and Portugal in an intercontinental bid. The situation will only get worse for homeless animals in Morocco because the government is reportedly planning to exterminate 99% of all homeless dogs (approximately 3 million of them) across the country to achieve its goal of becoming the hosts of the 2030 World Cup.
Spaying and Neutering Is the Solution
Authorities are using public-health concerns as an excuse for the slaughter. However, when the agreement was signed in 2019, they said that they would also begin a trap, neuter, vaccinate, and release (TNVR) programme – a vital initiative that would help alleviate the homeless animal crisis and control the spread of rabies.
The government has not delivered on this solution, either. Instead, charity organisations throughout Morocco have treated, neutered, vaccinated, and tagged more than 6,000 homeless dogs and cats in the last few years alone.
We’re calling for a humane approach to the homeless animal crisis. In addition to appeals to government authorities, PETA Asia has written to FIFA asking it not to stand by silently while this devastating extermination occurs on its behalf.