15 people caught stealing and eating dogsBy Mason White 4:54 PM December 14, 2014
|Stray dog illustration|
By: Feng Qian
A group of people, who were accused of stealing and eating dogs, were arrested on charges of animal cruelty, police in Nigeria said.
The Delta State Police said that they arrested 15 people for allegedly stealing and killing dogs in order to consume their meat.
Police launched an investigation after locals complained that their dogs are being stolen.
Investigators discovered a restaurant called Billy Finish on Nnebisi Road, where they observed men and women, aged between 19 and 23, feasting on dog meat.
They took all suspects into custody, and they will appear before a magistrate’s court for bail hearings.
In April, the Pacific state of Samoa, said that it is considering exporting canned dog meat as a way to deal with stray dogs. The controversial plan was proposed by the Deputy Minister of the country, Tole’afoa Apulu Fa’afisi, and received strong support from his fellow politicians.
“Instead of spending money on dogs, how about using their flesh for money?” He said. “Put them in cans and export them. Caring for other farm animals are too expensive, so maybe we can grind their meat and sell them as well?” He added.
The proposal was endorsed by the Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, who said: “there is no difference between a pig and a dog.”
The opposition has rejected the plan for dog meat, saying that stray dogs should be left alone.
The police minister, Sala Fata Pinati, said that it would be “inhumane” to start shooting stray dogs without obtaining a warrant.
“We cannot just walk to the area where there are a lot of stray dogs and start shooting them,” Pinati said.