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There are over a 100,000 stray dogs roaming the streets of Karachi, Pakistan. In an attempt to combat the spread of rabies, civic authorities have been killing these dogs by strychnine poisoning and shooting with guns. They have even involved the general public in this by offering cash as reward for every dog killed. The proof? The dog’s tail…
Strychnine poisoning is a notoriously cruel and violent method of killing homeless animals. According to the 2000 Report of the American Veterinary Medical Association Panel on Euthanasia-the veterinary medical authority on euthanasia-strychnine is an unacceptable agent of euthanasia for animals because it causes violent convulsions and painful muscle contractions. Animals poisoned with strychnine die slowly of suffocation.
Not only are these methods cruel and excessive, they are also ineffective in reducing animal populations as well as prevention in the spread of rabies. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommended long term strategy of catch/neuter/vaccinate/release is the only effective and humane method for dealing with rabies and stray populations.
Please write polite letters to the Karachi City Mayor and urge him to implement humane animal control policies, such as (please use your own wording):
Animals removed from the streets must be kept in adequate, clean conditions.
Injured and sick animals must be fully treated or euthanized by lethal injection.
Healthy animals must be sterilized and vaccinated prior to release.
Wide-scale sterilization and vaccination programs must be implemented to address this longstanding crisis.
Animals must not be poisoned-all reports of such activity must be investigated, and suspected offenders must be prosecuted under the nation’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1890.
It is imperative that all correspondence be courteous; otherwise, our campaign will suffer.
Karachi City Mayor
City Complex, Civic Center, Hasan Square,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulshan Town, Karachi, Pakistan
Fax: +92-9215117 & +92-9232406
Please also send your letters to editors of leading newspapers in Pakistan.
All letters should include the writer’s full name, postal address, e-mail address, and in the case of Pakistan, a day-time telephone number.
Note: Be sure to let us know if a publication prints your letter(s) so we can share your success with other writers.
Thank you for all your efforts in behalf of animals!