Jun 21, 2012
WSPA is today launching a new appeal to save thousands of dogs from being killed in Bangladesh in the name of rabies prevention.
This is a global problem with a global solution. The video below contains disturbing images of this cruelty but the real tragedy is that killing dogs doesn’t stop the spread of rabies – one of the main reasons behind such culls. Mass vaccination is the only solution.
WSPA is working with the government of Bangladesh to bring the country a better solution to the rabies problem – a vaccination programme that means no more dogs have to die.
Last year, WSPA helped the Bangladeshi government complete a pilot project in Cox’s Bazar, carrying out a large-scale dog vaccination programme.
In two weeks, four vaccination teams immunised more than 70 percent of the local dog population – enough to ensure that the local dogs, and therefore the entire community, will be safe from rabies. Vaccinated dogs were given red collars so communities would know they are safe.
The success in Cox’s Bazar was followed by an announcement by authorities in Dhaka that they were banning dog culls in the city. The Dhaka City Corporation had previously ordered mass extermination drives that killed as many as 20,000 dogs a year.
WSPA is proving that compassion works. Cruelty just kills – it destroys dogs and allows rabies to spread. We do not want any more dogs to be poisoned, or puppies to be beaten to death with iron bars.
With your support, we could stop culls forever in Bangladesh through a nation-wide dog vaccination programme which will save countless lives, both human and animal.