The Monday, March 5, edition of the Pakistani English language daily DAWN carries an advertisement by the Clifton Cantonment Board inviting applications from qualified candidates for recruitment as a “Dog Shooter”. According to the ad, the applicant must be an experienced person under 30 years of age, and must come with a licensed gunman.
The stray dogs of Pakistan need your help.
It is estimated that 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 long been killing these dogs by strychnine poisoning and shooting with guns. They have even involved the general public in this from time to time by offering cash as reward for every dog killed. The proof? The dog’s tail…
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.
We urge you to voice your opinion publicly in any capacity regarding the implementation of the WHO recommended humane strategy in Karachi as the time to do that is now.
Please write a polite letter to the Clifton Cantonment Board to insist that killing dogs is an ineffective approach and has never worked in Pakistan or any other country of the world. Remind them that under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1890, there is a penalty for cruelty to animals, punishable with a fine and imprisonment. Please urge them to stop the mindless killing of dogs and consider implementing a strategy that has been scientifically proven to be effective in many cities of the world.
Let us put an end to the madness. Together we can make it happen.
Cantonment Executive Officer
Cantonment Board Clifton
DHA Phase 6
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