Several animal protection organizations in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao have filed summary proceedings against the Curaçao Animal Protection Foundation (Dierenbescherming Curaçao), which is planning a stray animal catch campaign in which it is claimed people will receive compensation for picking up dogs and cats from the street. 

Curaçao Animal Protection Foundation says it is forced to kill stray animals due to a lack of shelter places, and this is why animal protection organisations oppose this campaign, as they want to prevent animals from being killed.  The complainants claim that killing stray animals is illegal and that CAPF has failed to create enough shelters seriously failing in all aspects of their responsibilities.  

The organisations that filed the complaint include Freed Friends Foundation, Rescue Paws Curaçao Foundation, Stichting Dierenhulp Netherland, Tes Dog Foundation, and House of Animals. The latter has set up a petition urging the Dutch government to tell Curaçao that killing stray animals is against the law. On the petition website, you can read, “It is such a pointless and cruel plan. In addition to intense animal suffering, this also causes human suffering, because easily accessible pets can also be caught. And killing stray animals doesn’t work at all, that has been known for so long now. You have to do something about the cause, not the effect. What the Animal Protection Curaçao is going to do now is cruel and completely pointless, this is the extermination of cats and dogs and has nothing to do with animal welfare. All the work of the foundations and volunteers for the stray animals and dumped animals in Curaçao is completely nullified by the massive capture and killing of the dogs and cats. Curaçao Animal Protection Foundation denies calling on people to bring stray animals for payment. 

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.