CAIRO: Images of stray cats poisoned to death in vicinity of Maryland Park in Heliopolis, a second poisoning case within around two weeks, were contributed to Youm7 by reader Salah Gomaa.
Gomaa said that workers in food shops could be those who poisoned the stray cats; the photos showed that dead bodies of cats were lying on the park’s cement fence.
On Dec. 28, it was reported that another group of stray cats at a sporting club in the city of Mansoura in the Delta’s Dakahlia governorate were poisoned to death, after poison was placed in fish left for cats to eat.
In November, 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. The Egyptian Veterinary Medicine Forensic (EVMF) has confirmed the cats were poisoned.
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.
Thousands of animals are poisoned across Egypt every year using a deadly pesticide called strychnine, the former Deputy Head of the Veterinarian Services Authority Hassan Shafiq told The Cairo Post Thursday.