Petition Tag - mauritius

1. Stop-Arretez le Massacre des chiens errants a Mayotte:

Vision d’horreur au petit matin. En sortant dans les rues, il y a une dizaine de jours, les habitants de Koungou découvrent huit chiens morts pendus, accrochés à des poteaux électriques en plein coeur de la ville. Tout s’enchaîne ensuite rapidement. La presse mahoraise relate les faits ; la photo d’un des chiens massacrés est postée sur les réseaux sociaux ; l’image devient virale.

De nombreux internautes s’indignent d’un tel niveau d’atrocité et l’affaire est relayée par plusieurs médias français et européens. Après le scandale des chiens appâts utilisés pour la pêche aux requins à La Réunion, ce sont des actes de barbarie sur des animaux «domestiques» à Mayotte qui marquent les esprits.

Cependant, il ne s’agit pas d’un événement isolé. La pratique serait même courante à Koungou depuis quelque temps. Dans cette commune de 26 000 âmes située au nord-ouest de Mayotte, la multiplication des chiens errants est devenue le cauchemar d’une partie des habitants, qui se lamentent que les autorités aient laissé le phénomène s’amplifier. Les services de la Direction de l’alimentation, de l’agriculture et de la forêt, ainsi qu’une brigade de la police - dont l’effectif est de deux personnes -, tentent bien de capturer ces chiens, mais leurs moyens sont limités. Surtout face à une population canine estimée à 30 000 individus dans l’île par l’association de défense des animaux Gueules d’Amour.

Exaspérés et inquiets pour la sécurité de leur famille, les hommes d’une zone résidentielle défavorisée de Koungou ont donc décidé de régler le problème à leur façon. Selon eux, des meutes affamées attaquent les animaux d’élevage et s’en prennent aussi aux enfants. Le quotidien Mayotte Matin détaille la manière de procéder : «Les chiens sont capturés avant d’être battus et pendus haut et court à des poteaux à l’aide de fils de fer ou de cordes […] Les dépouilles sont ainsi laissées accrochées pour que l’odeur de la mort repousse les meutes.»
SOURCE : http://www.lexpress.mu/article/245722/mayotte-chiens-errants-pendus-pylones-electriques

2. Stop the slaughter of stray dogs by MSPCA in Mauritius

The dog is flat on his back, trussed up with a rough rope, his paws scrabbling frantically in the air as a man in a red baseball cap rams a needle deep into his heart.

There is one last desperate struggle then a monstrous howl that rips through the muggy tropical morning, startling nearby market traders and silencing the birds.
When the howl splutters into a whimper, the dog is dragged and kicked into a kennel to die alongside three others. It is a slow and painful death, the result of a botched lethal injection by a canine-killing squad.

The Mauritian government claims it is a humane way of controlling the island’s stray dog population, but it is neither humane nor honest.

They are captured as part of a ‘clean-up’ campaign, despite pleas from animal welfare organisations across the world.

And they are killed by an organisation with a name so ironic it would be laughable it wasn’t true — the Mauritian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Kitted out in jaunty red caps and wielding giant fishing nets, MSPCA dog-catchers snatch animals wherever they see them — sleeping on street corners, lingering in alleys or lazing on their own doorsteps.
They are scooped up and hurled into cages in the back of roasting-hot vans where they remain — often bleeding and with broken bones — while the officers continue their rounds.

Join us to STOP this cruelty against animals.

President- Sebastien D'avoine

Vice-Presidents- Mary-Queenie Adam and Stephane Adam.

All the members of Association de la Justice.

3. Introduce foster homes to save stray dogs life

As many of us already know, the MSPCA is not unfamous when it comes to apparent cruelty towards animals. The Directors of the 'Association de la Justice' have been pleasantly surprised to the effect that all this is false or at least partly untrue.

In fact, the committee is putting brains together to keep its name flying high.The petition is to encourage 'humane' treatment as the MSPCA is trying its level best to promote by setting up kennels regionwise. In this respect thereof, each ward will have its own kennel and have a proper and safe place for all stray dogs.Not only will it curb the stray dogs and dangers arising but also contribute to better ethics and consideration towards animals.

It starts with you! Join the cause now and be part of the history where 'dogs on death rows in paradise' is no more....

Under all reservations.

President- Sebastien D'avoine

Vice Presidents- Mary-Queenie Adam and Stephane Adam.

All members of Association de la Justice.

4. Support the right for Mauritians abroad to vote

On 14 September 2011, The Prime Minister's office issued an Electoral Reform communique. However, no mention has been made on the right of Mauritians abroad to vote.

It is essential that every citizen gets an equal chance during an election.

5. Mauritians for Palestine

Dear Mauritians

In view of the proposal for Palestine to obtain membership in the United Nations and hence be fully recognized as an independent state, we are circulating this petition to every Mauritians, be it the young as well as the elder people. We do, hereby, humbly request you to fill in your required details and by the beginning of next week; we will send it to the US Embassy of Mauritius, with a letter attached.

We wish to inform you that we are not affiliated to any political parties. We are doing this solely because these people are living as strangers in their own land. Our aim is to create awareness and despite being far from them, we are doing what we can for them. The way they are being treated is really inhuman when in fact, they are human beings like anyone of us and they have their rights as free people.

We take this opportunity to thank you all very much in anticipation for your participation.

Regards
Century Welfare Association Youth Wing

6. Let the Chagos Islanders return home

In the early 1960′s, the US government, concerned about Soviet expansion in the Indian Ocean, asked the British government to find an uninhabited island where the US could build a naval base. Returning the favour, the US would be willing to give $14 million in research and development fees for Britain’s Polaris missile program.

The first island located was Aldabra, near Madagascar. Aldabra fitted the bill in terms of it’s location and vitally it was uninhabited. However, the island was a breeding ground for a rare species of tortoise and their mating habits may have been affected by a military base. Looking for an alternative, the US decided on Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos Archipelago. This had the benefit of leaving tortoise mating undisturbed but the island was home to 1,800 Chagossians, or Ilois, who had inhabited the islands for over 200 years.

The Chagossians were employed, grew their own food and fished and had built their own stores and a church. However, the courtesy for tortoises evidently didn’t apply to human beings. The government soon began a campaign to deal with the “population problem” to “maintain the pretense there [are] no permanent inhabitants.” This appalling attitude persisted and rather than seeing Diego Garcia as the society it was, it was regarded as a nuisance, summed up by the British diplomat Dennis Greenhill who said: “unfortunately along with the birds go some few Tarzans or Man Fridays whose origins are obscure and who are hopefully being wished on to Mauritius.”

They were “wished on to Mauritius”, as well as the Seychelles and the UK. This began in 1968 when residents who left Diego Garcia merely to visit Mauritius were refused return to the island. They were stranded in Mauritius, without any assistance in resettling or any compensation. To this day, the Chagossians in Mauritius still live in poverty. Soon after, the Americans began to arrive and the rest of the indigenous population were forced to leave. Only allowed to take clothes, their homes and possessions had to be abandoned and their pets were killed amidst threats that if they did not leave, they would otherwise be “bombed” and wouldn’t “be fed any longer.” All this was with the full knowledge and approval of Harold Wilson, Roy Jenkins and Denis Healey.

The inhumane treatment was compounded by the compensation later given to the Mauritius government. The £1.4 million only covered the debts incurred from resettlement and when it was dealt out to 595 Chagossian families, it was years later and significantly reduced by inflation. Another £6 million was paid in compensation but when the Chagossians claimed for it, they were required to endorse a renunciation form, written in English though they speak Creole, that forfeited their right to return home. This wasn’t even translated for them.

Injustice after injustice, finally in 2000 it was ruled that the forced removal was illegal and the right to return to the outer Chagos Islands was returned. This slight progress was then reneged when Jack Straw issued two Orders in Council in 2004 and the right to return was take away again. Even as soon as April this year, the Foreign Office proposed plans for a Marine Protected Area in the Chagos Archipelago that erects a barrier to any return to the islands. The outright dismissal of their rights continues.

That’s the story. Tragic, inhumane and unlawful. We desperately have to make amends and the best place to begin is by changing our policy on Chagos and campaigning for their right to return. To achieve this, we need your support.

7. Tougher laws against drink driving in Mauritius

I decided to start this petition following the death of Elisabeth Pigeot, a beautiful and talented 16 years old girl who died following severe injuries due to a car accident. The driver as it is usually the case in car accidents was under the influence of alcohol.

The suffering and pain felt by her family and friends is overwhelming. I have myself lost a family member to a car accident and understand their suffering. I am sick and angry that so many people are losing their life because of the irresponsibility of others.

In memory of all the innocent people who have lost their lives please join me in this battle to make things change for the better.

Thank you.

8. Keep Lynda and Salim Together

How many people abscond in the UK every year - can the Government give a figure?

How many married couples is the Government proposing to remove from the UK?

Over 15 thousand non-EU families were given compassionate leave to remain in the UK in 2003. Why can't the same compassion be shown to British Citizens married to non-EU nationals?

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December 13, 2005

Dear Mr McNulty

Re: Mahmad Salim Yadun - Home Office Ref: Y70236, CTS ref: M22375/5

We ask that you allow Mahmad Salim Yadun, a Mauritian man, to stay in the UK with his wife, Lynda, who is a British Citizen. They met in 2001 when he moved from London to Aberdeen to work. Salim has been in the UK for nearly 14 years, however the Home Office wants to remove Salim to Mauritius and have him re-apply for entry clearance to the UK from there. Here is a brief timeline of events:

Sept 1992: Salim arrives in London from Mauritius.
June 1997: Asylum is denied. Solicitor advises Salim to wait for "due process" to take effect.
1997 onwards: Solicitor continues to write to Home Office - NO REPLY.
July 2001: Salim moves to Aberdeen to work.
Aug 2001: Lynda & Salim start dating.
20 May 2002: Lynda and Salim marry.
June 2002: Application lodged for Salim to stay through marriage to Lynda.
23 Mar 2003: Both Salim and Lynda interviewed by Immigration Office at Aberdeen Airport. Salim advised that he is to be deported and that Lynda "could reasonably be expected to live in Mauritius". Lynda has worked for a major oil company for over 20 yrs and would not be able to obtain same type of job in Mauritius. Salim's Passport is retained by Immigration at Aberdeen Airport. From that day, Salim has to sign in at Police Station every Monday.

During the 13 years he has lived in the UK, Salim has been allowed to work and has paid his taxes. He has been self-sufficient and of no burden, whatsoever, to the State. He has no criminal record and is not involved with any political or other organisation that is against the public interest. He has done voluntary work for charity (Transportforall.com) and has promoted interest in dancing, as he and Lynda taught a modern jive dance class together for several months. There is a shortage of Salim's job skills in the UK oil industry.

To remove Salim from the UK and have him re-apply for entry clearance from Mauritius, would cost the UK Tax Payers thousands of pounds. And what about Lynda? Surely, she has a right to have her husband here with her in the UK? They have been married for over 3½ years now. The stress that Salim and Lynda have been under is unimaginable. Salim has been displaced from Mauritius for so long - the UK is now his home.