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Animal welfare activists say that pets are being slaughtered for meat in meat-starved Zimbabwe and record numbers of pets are being abandoned or surrendered to shelters by owners that are not able to feed them anymore.
Zimbabwe is in economic crisis. The official inflation is more than 7,600 percent which is the highest in the world.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the organization does not have enough resources to feed all of the surrendered animals or are not able to find them homes. They said they have no other choice then to kill the animals and destroy the bodies.
Veterinarians are relying on infrequent donations from South Africa because they have run out of drugs to euthanize animals. Veterinary practices do not have enough supplies to even feed animals.
One animal welfare activist said the situation was “too ghastly for words. We are accused of giving the country a bad name.”
The activists said they have been threatened with arrest for speaking out about the horrible situations and their offices were raided by police agents of the Central Intelligence Organization. SPCA inspectors were ordered not to speak of details of the surrendered, abandoned, killed or eaten pets.
A animal protection activist said it is not illegal to eat dog meat in Zimbabwe, but there are laws on how animals must be humanely slaughtered.
The illegally slaughtered meat sells for 10 times more than the government’s price on the black market.
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