Culling of stray cats not criminal, court rules
A screen shot of a video footage showing a stray cat was poisoned to death at al-Ahly Sporting club in Zamalek district.

CAIRO: A case filed against Al-Ahly Club over killing stray cats was closed on grounds that the law does not criminalize killing stray animals, Qasr al-Nil Prosecution ruled Thursday.

In November, dozens of stray cats in the vicinity of Al-Ahly Club headquarters in Cairo’s upscale district of Zamalek went viral on social media; the Veterinary Medicine Forensic department reported the animals had been poisoned.

The 2014 constitution stipulates that the state protects endangered animals, and the Penal Code sets a prison term of maximum six months for the intentional killing or harm of domesticated animals, given they have an owner.

The Gezira Club in the same district has faced uproar by animal rights advocates for killing stray animals. The administrations and some members of the clubs say that stray cats have become “ferocious” and disturb club-goers.

On Wednesday, reader Salah Gomaa contributed a report to Youm7 on stray cats poisoned in the vicinity of the Maryland Park in Heliopolis.

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