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Lebanon's Animal Welfare law put to the test

A video of municipal workers in the Beirut area killing stray dogs has raised the ire of activists and calls for adherence to the Animal Welfare law.
Dogs are kept at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals shelter in Monteverde, east of Beirut September 23 2006.  Some 300 homeless dogs and cats, many left behind by theirs owners who had fled Lebanon during the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah, will be heading to the U.S. for adoption by the Best Friends animal society.   REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON) - GM1DTOHSGWAA
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Members of the Ghobeiri municipality's Health Department created a public outcry at the end of 2017 when a video went viral showing them poisoning stray dogs in Dahiyeh, in south Beirut. They claimed to have been acting in response to complaints by residents and for the public's safety. The municipality issued a statement Dec. 29, the day after the incident, saying, “This was an individual act that members of the Health Department executed without orders from the head of the department concerned with controlling stray dogs. We strongly condemn this behavior.”

The video shows dogs on the ground, writhing in pain, as municipality officers stand by, waiting for them to die so they can take them away. The municipality announced that it had arrested those involved in the poisoning, paving the way for possible disciplinary legal action and behavioral measures.

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