Expert calls for measures to stop dog meat trade in Nigeria

RL Mr. Bruno Ezugoh President Chuns Kennels Dog Show, Mr. Ugochukwu Ikpeama Chief Steward, Mr. Paul Omata Commissioner of Police (K9), Christiane Cohnen Lio owner, overall winning dog, Adedayo Cocker Judge at the 2022 Abuja Dog Show

By Cecilia Ijuo

A dog expert, Mr. Bruno Ezugoh, has called for strict measures to stop the dog meat trade in Nigeria.

The Managing Director of Chuns Kennels, Ezugoh, made the call in an interview with journalists at the end of the 9th edition of the annual Chuns Dogshow, Abuja on Tuesday.

Ezugoh, who is the president of Chuns Dog Show, said there was need for the relevant authorities to strengthen existing laws prohibiting animal cruelty, especially the consumption of dogs.

According to him, the call became necessary following the importance of dogs in addressing security in Nigeria, among other things.

He went on to say that “since our laws prohibit the possession of firearms except for special reasons, having dogs will go a long way in alerting people to avoid danger.”

Killing dogs for consumption has the opposite effect, he said, adding that there are alternatives that could be explored for protein.

“Government needs to take serious measures to stop the killing and consumption of dogs considering their importance to society.

“I know there is a law against cruelty to animals in Nigeria, but I have not seen much results in terms of implementation.

“Dogs are pets and they are known as man’s best friend and should be protected for safety.

“In Nigeria and especially in some parts of the country, dogs are raised mainly for consumption when other forms of protein are available.

“As we speak, the increased demand for dog meat has increased the rate at which people are stealing it, which is unfortunate,” he said.

Ezugoh called on the government to strictly comply, adding that laws are strict in other climates where the killing of dogs and other animals is prohibited.

He said, “some countries have strict measures that include several years in prison for animal cruelty.”

The dog show president has called on Nigerians to embrace the culture of training their dogs to maximize their usefulness rather than breeding them for consumption.

He said that the training has several advantages, including prevention of aggressive behavior towards people.

“Our problem is that people buy dogs and don’t bother to train them, and when they grow up, they even become a danger to their owners.

“We have heard of several cases where dogs have harmed their owners and family members and some have lost their lives because the dogs are ferocious,” he said.

At the dog show, Ezugoh said out of 138 registered dogs from across the country and abroad, 97 competed and there were 31 winners.

According to him, 19 of the 31 winners won trophies, and the others won medals.

He said the competition was in six categories: Obedience, Agility, Defense, Best of Groups, Conformation, Freestyle.

According to him, a Border Collie named Lio owned by German, Christian Kohnen won the first place aka Best in Show and received a cash prize of N100,000.

Ezugoh further said that the Best Reserve in Show position was won by a Boston Terrier breed known as Blue and owned by German family Dominic and Lea Muller. N25,000 prize.

The President also said that the position of Best Puppy in Show was won by a German Shepherd known as Sky and owned by a Nigerian known as Johnny Mahtani who won a cash prize of N25,000.

He noted that the Commissioner of Police (K9) Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Paul Omata, who graced the ceremony, presented various prizes to the winners.

Ezugoh said apart from entertainment, the dog show was organized to create more awareness about the importance of dogs, their training and how security agencies should train their dogs in Nigeria.

He called for more sponsorship of the annual event, adding that it is an avenue for various brands to showcase their products.

He also said that having more sponsors for the show will expand its reach and attract tourists, which will always help the government generate more revenue.

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