Municipalities are unable to reassure people on stray dogs — Kofahi

Stray dogs . (Photo: Envato Elements)
Stray dogs. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — Mayor of the Greater Irbid Municipality Nabil Al-Kofahi said that municipalities nationwide are unable to reassure their local communities on stray dogs because they are ubiquitous, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

Kofahi pointed out on Sunday that the prevalence of breeding and spread of stray dogs in various neighborhoods across Jordan constitutes a phenomenon that frightens people and requires immediate solutions.

A video circulating on social media showed herds of stray dogs wandering main streets and residential neighborhoods in Al-Benayat area in southern Amman, according to a local news outlet.

There were repeated calls for comprehensive and effective solutions to stray dogs, which many say constitutes danger to citizens, including students who may commute to school in the wee hours of the morning, a peak time for stray animals.

Director of the Animal Protection Department at the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP) Lara Al-Majali objected to using “stray dogs” when describing the foundling canine, explaining that they should be called “street dogs”.

Culturally, people tend to generally discriminate against abandoned and homeless animals, encouraging the negative thinking about street dogs.

She pointed out that Israel successfully produced quality breeds from street dogs because they are smart, not fierce and are good guards.

She asserted that her statement should not be interpreted as a call for following the footsteps of the Israeli occupation while dealing with street dogs, but rather to show that they can be of use.

Majali emphasized that killing street dogs is considered an extermination of a specific animal type, which could ultimately lead to the creation of an “environmental imbalance”. She insisted that poisoning dogs is also prohibited internationally.

Street dogs appear in the roads due to the wrong human practices, such as throwing garbage outside the designated waste “containers”, which contributes to the spread of the homeless, and largely hungry, dogs in residential areas to fetch food.

Majali said she believed that most of the complaints about dogs are related to fear, not sterility.

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