ONLINE footage has been released of three animal right activists taking away a homeless man’s dog.
The French animal rights group, Cause Animale Nord, is facing a severe public backlash after taking a puppy from a crying homeless man in central Paris
The recording shows the three activists snatching the dog from the homeless man who weeps in anger. With a crowd gathering, one woman hails at the activists, “You don’t have the right to do this!”
Antony Blanchard, the group’s chairman stated that the Roma man had “drugged the puppy so it would stay calm”. He then said that the dog had enlarged pupils and the cries heard on the video “are not normal”. However, an online petition says that taking the dog “was too far” and calls for the group to provide evidence that the dog was drugged. It has also been reported that the dog was not vaccinated or chipped which is against French law.
Cause Animale Nord has since posted images on Facebook of the puppy, which they renamed Vegan. They have publically put the dog up for adoption for a fee of €195 (£144) and describe it as “full of joy and playful.”
Nearly 60,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for an investigation into Cause Animale Nord.
The group has also been strongly criticised on its Facebook page as nowhere in the group’s rules is it stated that they have the right to take any animal without giving the owner notice.
Many users also congratulated the group for ‘saving’ the puppy.
Mr Blanchard said he had received death threats since the video was posted. The video has been viewed more than 100,000 times.