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Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security>Mauritius Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Mauritius Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The MSPCA is a corporate body and was founded in 1958 with the objectives
to promote kindness and to prevent or suppress cruelty to animals
to ensure animals protection and conservation in the context of human environment
In addition the MSPCA provides two main services:
An Animal Hospital” which caters for pets and other animals which need medical attention and treatment.

“Dog Catching” service to solve the problems of stray dogs spreading around the island more specifically in urban and coastal regions.

A government contribution has been made available to that effect to finance the cost of running the “Stray Dog Scheme”.

With our long experience in tackling the stray dog problem we realized that by just catching and humanely disposing of dogs will not solve the problems in the foreseeable future. We identified that the root cause of the problem is uncontrolled production of dogs by careless owners.

To counteract this phenomenon the government with the participation of the MSPCA has launched in January 2006 a “Mass Free Sterilization Campaign” in order to control the canine population from proliferation.

The Ministry of Agro Industry and Fisheries has put a great emphasis on the problem of stray dogs affecting our environment and it is the priority of that Ministry to safeguard public interest both in terms of “Health and Security”.
To attain its objectives:
The Society has launched a “Humane Education Program” to sensitize the population to teach kindness, discipline and a sense of responsibility towards their pets and to all the animals in general.
The Humane Education Officer is held responsible to organize talks and film shows in Social Welfare Centres and Village Halls in order to sensitize the public about Animal Welfare.
It also encourages primary schools to set up “kindness clubs” in their institutions to teach animal welfare to the children.
It has a corps of inspectors and field assistants to deal with cases of cruelty and to the rescue of these animals. A counseling service is provided to teach and advise the public for the loving and caring of their pets.
Our strategic objectives for the year 2006 are:
Solving the problem of “Stray dogs” ruining our environment.

Our inspectorate department is providing statistical data for better planning and performance evaluation of catching of stray dogs and sterilization.

We are now keeping records of the above for different regions for e.g.

public beach and hotels
public places
hypermarkets and large commercial complex
government organization and other parasitical bodies
dogs caught in traps
no of request attended monthly
no of dogs sterilized in different regions
to activate the “Humane Education Program”
ISO 9001 2000 Certification
to create an interactive “Web Site”
to computerise (ICT) our main operations
creating a network system on “Intranet”
Purchasing of Hospital Equipments (Echographie, X-Ray, Electrocardiogram)
It is to be noted that our hospital at Rose
Hill is operating without any equipment.
Setting up of “Animal Clinics” across the island
The setting up of these clinics is being considered as a vital service to the public and the need to extend our services across the island has become a must to meet their expectations. A quality medical treatment at a subsidized rate in a competitive environment is being provided by the MSPCA to satisfy the public demand.
We are hoping to have all of them fully operational this year and the regions of Port-Louis, Grand-Gaube, Flacq and Rose Belle are being targeted.
The above mention strategies need considerable capital investment. The cost of financing these projects will push the Society to seek for possible sources of finance.