HumaneWatch Condemns Palestinian Mayor’s Brutal Dog Bounty Policy

Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the Palestinian mayor of the West Bank city of Hebron, offered a bounty to citizens for killing stray dogs, saying, “Whoever kills a stray dog or delivers to us a stray dog that’s been killed, we are willing to reward him with 20 shekels ($5.6) for each dog delivered to us.”

Abu Sneineh has a long history of brutality. He was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a terrorist attack that killed six students, including two Americans. He was released from prison as part of a prisoner swap.

Since his remarks, horrific videos and photographs have surfaced of dogs being captured, beaten, and killed by the dozens. The brutal policy sparked outrage among many local groups, including the Palestinian Animal League and the Israeli Veteran’s Union.

Richard Berman, the executive director of HumaneWatch, released the following statement: 

HumaneWatch is appalled at the news from Hebron of citizens allegedly beating and killing stray dogs in the street. It’s even more appalling that these actions seem to have been spurred by comments from the elected mayor of Hebron, Tayseer Abu Sneineh.

We’re also surprised that US-based groups like the ASPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) haven’t condemned this obvious animal abuse. The self-described ‘press whores’ at PETA have been strangely silent on the issue of Palestinians killing stray dogs in the streets, and  the ASPCA and HSUS have also kept their mouths shut. Maybe these three groups can’t envision a way to raise money from unsuspecting animal donors on the issue, so they have decided it wasn’t worth their time.

Click here to learn more about HSUS and PETA’s financially selective morality.