Over 10,231 people in a petition have asked the Federal Government to outlawed the killing of dogs and cats for meat in Nigeria.
The group also called on Nigerians to stop the eating of 404 which is another name for dog meat in the country,
The group lamented that dog meat is now imported into Nigeria from many neighboring countries such as Niger etc.
The petitioner, Ms Choolun, who started the campaign on Chage.org is titled ‘‘Stop Nigeria’s Barbaric Dog Meat Industry’’ and is seeking about 15,000 signatures said they want the implementation of existing laws against animal cruelty, maltreatment and neglect.
More importantly the petitioners are asking government to ban dog and cat meat in Nigeria and shut the trade down.
Choolun said “Nigeria’s dog meat trade has become so prosperous that dogs are taken from surrounding countries such as Niger and transported into Nigeria, to bolster its growing demand for dog meat, also known as 4O4.”
“While Nigeria has a growing number of pet owners who have dogs and cats as companions and not for consumption, these owners live in constant fear of having their companion stolen by a local dog or cat thieves, knowing their pet would be sold to a dog trader or butcher, for quick cash.”
She said: ”Arriving at dog markets, exhausted dogs are unloaded for sale, then crammed back into different cages and reloaded onto different trucks for more gruelling journeys toward dog slaughterhouses, where they face a brutally violent death.”
“Nigeria’s Slogan ‘Good People, Great Nation’ should also include its animals and consequently engage police and magistrates to be in sympathy with Nigeria’s animal cruelty laws, to implement and enforce them.”
“Local residents and international tourists are placed in jeopardy because of the constant threat to health through transmittable diseases such as rabies, related to Nigeria’s dog and cat meat trade.”
“It is unfortunate that Nigeria’s positive new image is tainted by the existence of a cruel dog and cat meat trade which casts a negative shadow over Nigeria. Dogs and cats are companion animals and not food items.”
She urged President Buhari to implement policies that can protect the lives and safety of dogs.
She said, “We respectfully ask that the President of Nigeria implement existing laws against animal cruelty, maltreatment and neglect.”
“Also, he should provide funding for traps, neuter and release programs to prevent street dogs and cats from breeding.”
“All dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies, ban dogs and cat meat in Nigeria and shut the trade down.”