CAIRO: Members of Egyptian animal rights organizations have gathered outside Al Ahly SC Friday to protest the club’s alleged mass poisoning of stray cats, Youm7 reported.
During the past few days, photos of dozens of poisoned stray cats at Al Ahly headquarter at Cairo’s upscale district of Zamalek went viral on social media causing a backlash by activists and human rights groups.
Officials from the club said that they were not aware of the incident and blamed the company they contracted.
“Our contract with the company says it should anesthetize the stray cats and places them in cages before they are taken to animal shelters,” Director General of Al Ahly club Sheren Shams was quoted by Youm7.
Co-founder of the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA) Mona Khalil said she has filed an official complaint against the management of Al Ahly over the incident and called for punishing it in accordance with Article 357 of the Penal Code which criminalizes killing animals, according to Youm7.
Stray dogs and cats have been ubiquitous on Egypt’s streets for years, and although they are not typically mistreated, recent cases have been reported raising backlash from Egyptians against cruelty in dealing with animals.