Egypt’s local digest Oct.17: 2.3K stray dogs killed in Giza crackdown; Boat crew arrested over entering fishing-prohibited zone off Arish coast
Pictures of poisoned stray dogs lying dead in Cairo streets in 2014- Youm7

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2.3K stray dogs killed in Giza crackdown

A total of 2,344 stray dogs were killed in Giza as part of a crackdown to control disease transmitted through animals, according to Veterinary Medicine Authority.

The authority has also issued permits to slaughter 99,000 birds and immunize 6,000 others after 27 farms were examined as part of anti-avian flu campaign, the head of the authority Ashraf Ismail said.

Ismail added that 27,000 cattle were immunized against the Foot and Mouth Disease.

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 in a 2015 interview.

The killing mainly occurs through either injection or by poisoned food, as opposed to shooting the animals in the past. The process does not include medical examination to the dog to check whether it is dangerous to the public or carrying a disease, according to interviews with veterinarian experts.


Sky gazers to view Orionid meteor shower in Egypt’s sky Thursday

The Orionid meteor shower will be witnessed Thursday in Egypt’s sky, the head of the Astronomy Department at the Institute for Astronomical Research, Ashraf Tadros said.

In statements to Youm7, Tadros said he expected the rate of fall to be 60 meteors per hour.

The shower reaches its peak on Oct. 20-22. Its normal rate is 20 meteors per hour for the northern hemisphere and 40 meteors in the southern hemisphere, Tadros added.


Boat crew arrested over entering fishing-prohibited zone

Eight people were arrested Sunday on board of a fishing boat over entering a fishing-prohibited zone off Arish coast, Youm7 reported.

The crew has been referred to investigations over the incident.


Expected British delegations to Suez Canal seeking investment opportunities: John Casson

British delegations are planned to visit Suez Canal soon aiming to assist Egypt in developing infrastructure by building new factories, Ambassador to Egypt John Casson told Youm7.

He also said that Britain is among the biggest countries investing in Egypt, recording 46 percent of the current investments.

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