Tunisia is one of the country with the highest rate of animal mistreatment. Animal cruelty and abuse is spread not only among the population who is not correctly informed and educated on animal protection, but the worst is that the same citizens simply follow the terrible example given by Tunisian authorities who have been carrying out killing campaigns against stray dogs for years.

These “campaigns” generally lasts for 15 consequently days and are organized according to necessity that means every time the number of street dogs is getting higher the local government decides to kill them all. For two weeks, every single day and night dogs are shot, poisoned, tortured and killed with no reason by city workers. The supposed aim is to reduce the number of stray animals in urban spaces and prevent the spread of rabies.

Tunisian Government keeps ignoring the so many requests coming from national and international organizations and animal lovers across the world to consider the option of employing an ethical alternative to the mass killing of stray animals. The solution is start a mass programme of spaying and neutering to keep under control the number of street dogs (but also cats) rather than using brutal methods which are merciless but also useless on the long term if the objective is reduce the number of animals on the streets.

OIPA had the pleasure to be one of the international associations to sign the letter addressed to the Tunisian President Kaïs SAÏED sent by the group Tunisia Animals Voice. The letter (Read 👉 Lettre Presidence de la Republique Tunisie Décembre 2021) asks to stop the mass killing of stray animals and consider ethical alternatives, strengthen animal rights laws, create a law to protect stray animals, punish animal cruelty and abuse and educate people to respect the other living beings. The group Tunisia Animals Voice already launched a petition times ago that can be signed to support our protest.

Volunteers, associations, shelters and animal lovers in Tunisia are a small minority. They try their best to rescue and protect animals but they have no financial support and not enough places where keep them safe. Despite this, they have the strength to continue fight for animal rights believing that they deserve respect and a better life. Their stronger desire is to change people’s mentality and perception towards stray animals, earlier or later, starting from young people.