The News letter to the editor – I

The Pakistan Animal Welfare Society has informed us that “thousands of stray dogs who have long roamed the streets of Karachi 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. The populations of stray dogs and rabies must be controlled, site but certainly not by a slaughter.We urge the authorities concerned to reconsider their plan and discuss it with the Pakistani animal welfare associations in order to find ways to resolve the problem of rabies without cruelty.

Rosa Mertens

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