Minister promises action against dog fighting rings

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Health Minister Molwyn Joseph has said he will get the police involved to end the inhumane and illegal practice of dog fighting here.

The minister was speaking in parliament yesterday on the Dog Registration and Control Bill.

During the debate, the minister noted that dog fighting is prevalent on the mainland as well as on the sister isle of Barbuda.

He called on Barbuda Member of Parliament Trevor Walker, to “confront the issue head-on.”

Joseph said after visiting Barbuda following Hurricane Irma last year “we saw that many of the dogs were bred for fighting.”

The problem persists on Antigua too according to the minister who revealed: “they do it in the hills.”

“We are going to get the police involved,”Joseph said adding that “Dog fighting must stop in Antigua and Barbuda.”

He said enforcement of the new act will be key to making a significant contribution to this society.

Under the act, there is a requirement for every dog to be licensed and microchipped “and it will be enforced.”

Strays will also be held and removed from the streets the minister promised.

 

 

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Joseph said after visiting Barbuda following Hurricane Irma last year “we saw that many of the dogs were bred for fighting.”
    But what I wanna know is how do u look at a dog and tell that it’s bred for fight wen all dog have teeth in dem mouth wa r u do think ppl stupid….come with some thing better than that man that sound like something that make up….

  2. The problem persists on Antigua too according to the minister who revealed: “they do it in the hills.”

    “We are going to get the police involved,”Joseph said adding that “Dog fighting must stop in Antigua and Barbuda

    Hearsay don’t work in court you need solid evidence

  3. Hey we get all that good …but we need water ,we need Michael Browne needs to be investigated,asot Michael needs to be charged,gaston Browne please start this please and you while u at it remove all of the government offices from your buildings……robin needs to be move or fired from apua u cant have a minister over apua for 40 years and things has gotten worse …..

  4. A step in the right direction. Animal welfare improvements reflect on the island community and culture.

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  5. Dogs are still our main form of protecting our home our lives and our property. So when we start thinking that people have dogs for fighting they better be willing to increase the number of fiream license that they issue. Thank god for my dogs on numerous occasions when person have attempt to rob my property.

  6. Dogs are still our main form of protecting our home our lives and our property. So when we start thinking that people have dogs for fighting they better be willing to increase the number of fiream license that they issue. Thank god for my dogs on numerous occasions when person have attempt to rob my property.

  7. Also te minister speak about the dogs on Barbuda after the hurricane. How long after they evacuate the island did they take before they return to the island. Let me say all the animals in Barbuda started to act as they would in their natural habitat. Dogs are pack animals and with no master to feed them they did what come natural to them hunt. I think it’s very dunce to use that situation to say that it is dog fighting why they hunt. Also barbudans have use they dog to hunt which is a custom for people to do not just in the Caribbean. He need to start cleaning up the amount of stray animals that walk the street of Antigua and cause cabbage distress. That is problem to us. I have never seen a dog fight or been to one but I have seen many strays walking in St. John’s making a mess out of the trash

  8. The minister was speaking in parliament yesterday on the Dog Registration and Control Bill. Fist question why is the Health Minister speaking on this an not the agriculture minister. Second question who wrote the amendment is it the humane society because it seems that the director of the humane society has something over Mr Joseph. Final question dose the dog controls have equipment and staff to do it’s job properly because if you look around the island you see the amount of stray dogs roaming the streets so before you can deal with the dog fight you have to start cleaning up the streets and take the humane society out of the dog registration and control act because she is no help. She want to run the show ever decision that is made by the board she always undermined them. PLEASE PLEASE ME A BEG GET RIDE OF THE DOG CONTROL SUPERVISOR ALEX SIMON HE IS A YES MAN TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY. THE WASHING MACHINE, THE KEY TO THE POST OFFICE BOX, THE INTERNET AND LORD KNOWS WHAT ELSE THAT THEY GOT FROM THE P.S. OF THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE IS AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY.

    • You realise that in Parliament the members speak as MPs or representatives and not ministers of a particular portfolio? Two separate functions of government. He was speaking as an elected law maker. Youre welcome

    • At least he is speaking about the animal cruelty. SOMEBODY has to! People tie animals in the sun all day with no shade, and sometimes no water. That has to stop.

  9. Only when it hits home they want to tackle issues. Both Ministrrs, Robin and Joseph said they are victims of dogs that have attacked their animals, it must be stray dogs because no one would let go their dogs to destroy people’s animals. How does the Minister know how a dog looks after a fight, he might have heard but not seen. The stray dogs around the entire island are a mess, they destroy gabbages and let the place look filthy , they ease themselves anywhere let the place nasty and stink sometimes pedestrians walk in the mess, some all one can see is and ribs and so they smell stink.
    Get them off the streets, they are unsightly. From time to time one would see tourists taking the stray dogs pictures then upon returning
    home that’s how they advertise Antigua.
    Robin think Police are dog drivers. Farmers cry out all the time about Praedial Larceny and he never hear them so he never say anything but he open his mouth now dog trouble his flock. OH Hyprocrit.

  10. And the lady that has all them donkeys at the donkey sanctuary needs to release the donkeys back into the wild and stop using it as a cover up to get so call donations . The donkeys looks horrible. Thats animal cruelty

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