Call for action: Companion Animals

Feb 25, 2015

Inhumane Dog Population Management

Inhumane Dog Population Management

The Issue: Millions of dogs roam the streets throughout many countries in Asia, often lonely, hungry and suffering from injuries and disease. All too often, governments resort to inhumane and ineffective strategies to deal with this overpopulation– including poisoning, electrocution and shooting.

 For stray and roaming dogs - many born on the streets, others abandoned pets- there are two main areas of welfare concern:

  • The suffering of the dogs on the street: lack of food, shelter and veterinary care; injuries and disease; and abusive treatment from people;
  • The cruelty involved in attempts to control the population: All too often, governments resort to inhumane and ineffective strategies to deal with this overpopulation– including poisoning, electrocution and shooting.

Fear of rabies is a major driving force causing millions of unnecessary dog deaths every year. Where rabies is endemic, so is cruelty to dogs. During a cull, methods used to kill dogs include poisoning, gassing, electrocution, beating and shooting. All often result in slow and agonising deaths.

Humane alternatives to dog culling don't only exist – they're the most effective way to manage dog populations.

The Asia for Animals Coalition has extensive experience in providing guidance to create programs that focus on sterilisation and vaccination against zoonotic disease, and the promotion of responsible pet ownership so as to humanely address the overpopulation of street dogs and prevent pet abandonment.

Take Action

Please sign a petition against dog culling

Dog Culling is Not the Solution!

I am deeply saddened to learn of ongoing mass and indiscriminate dog culls that result in the unimaginable suffering of countless dogs and those who care for them in their communities

Whilst I understand the need for the authorities to take action to manage roaming dog populations when they have a negative impact on many aspects of society, particularly in response to outbreaks of rabies, there are humane and scientifically credible alternatives to the mass removal and indiscriminate killing of roaming animals. International evidence has proven that the mass elimination of roaming dogs is ineffective, inhumane, and a socially debilitating practice regarded as abhorrent by many governments around the world and human and animal health authorities, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Furthermore, rabies eradication programs focused mainly on mass vaccination of dogs are largely justified by the future savings of human rabies prevention programs, and the World Health Organization (WHO) promotes mass dog vaccination campaigns as a key component for dog rabies control and eventual eradication. The control and elimination of rabies through mass dog vaccination has not only been proven to be feasible in countries around the world, it has also been proven to be the only effective method.

I thereby urge governments and authorities around the world to end dog culls and instead to adopt proven humane and sustainable solutions.

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