Dawn letter to the editor – I

WE have been informed by the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society that “thousands of stray dogs who have long roamed the streets of Karachi, medicine Pakistan, discount may soon be the target of an extensive and cruel campaign to eliminate them.” It is said that the authorities will spread capsules of strychnine in the streets.

We must protest against this kind of cruel action. Strychnine is a very violent poison which causes a slow death. Populations of stray dogs and the rabies must be controlled, but certainly not by a slaughter.

We urge the authorities concerned to reconsider their plan and discuss it with the Pakistan animal welfare associations in order to find ways to resolve the problem of rabies without cruelty.

MARIA BORREMANS
Brussels Belgium

Source: Dawn letter to the editor – July 01, 2005

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