A country’s moral compass can be identified from the way it treats its prisoners and its animals. Consider the plight of stray mutts in Mauritius, where authorities are catching them with nets before injecting them with a lethal brew. Naturally, a slew of animal rights organisations in and outside the country have objected to the practice. Carien du Plessis was in Mauritius recently. This is her report on the plight of the island’s canines.