Pakistan has been shooting and poisoning its stray dogs for decades now. Not only is this cruel and ineffective, it is madness given there are humane alternatives to stray dog population management and rabies control. “Killing dogs is not the solution as it does not stop the disease; mass dog vaccination is the only proven solution.” says World Animal Protection, an international organisation that works with governments and helps provides vaccination plans involving local communities.
Vaccination is humane, protects communities and it saves money. Several countries around the world follow the World Health Organisation’s recommended mass vaccination and sterilization campaigns. These include Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. It is illegal to kill street dogs in India. According to People for Animals, India’s largest animal welfare organisation (co-founded by Maneka Gandhi),
The Government of India and the court have specifically forbidden the killing of street dogs. The courts have stated that dogs are a part of the city and simply being stray does not warrant a dog being killed. The court observed that “It needs no great learning to appreciate that dog or animals are not encroachers on earth and there is no question of eliminating them. It is the duty of every citizen to have compassion to animals including dogs….All state functionaries such as municipalities cannot ignore this obligation.”
Perhaps it is time the people of Pakistan go to court for the dogs. We request people to educate themselves about this issue and put pressure on the government to adopt a humane approach, one that is cost-effective and works in the long run. Write letters to the editors of leading newspapers to highlight this issue and keep on the pressure.
And sign our petition here: Adopt Humane Stray Dog Management in Pakistan
For more information, please see the following resources.
A recent post on PAWS Facebook page about a stray dog shot by DHA Karachi
Photos of stray dogs in Karachi – copyright Pakistan Animal Welfare Society
(feel free to share widely them in your publications, media and citizens)
Controlling rabies – One humane solution
Humane alternatives to dog culling by World Animal Protection
Humane Dog Population Management Guidance
A manual by an animal welfare coalition to help governments control dog populations humanely.
Posts from Pakistan Animal Welfare Society’s website
Stray dogs coverage in Pakistani media
Do share widely with friends, family and colleagues.