Qadeer Tanoli in The News:
Despite efforts of different town administrations, the numbers of stray dogs is increasing in the metropolis, posing a potential threat of rabies in the city.
The health department of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) provides poisonous capsules to town administrations on demand. It is the responsibility of every town administration to initiate either full fledged campaigns against stray dogs or address any complaints in this respect at any time of the year. Stray dogs can be seen in almost in every town but those areas are their special breeding points where storm water drains are situated. For instance, stray dogs are found in abundance alongside the banks of the Mahmoodabad Nullah and Manzoor Colony Nullah.
A low-cost rabies vaccination drive was held at the Karachi Animal Hospital from 12 to 2pm today under the supervision of Dr. I.H Kathio, the owner of the hospital and a practicing veterinarian in the US. People showed up to get their animals vaccinated and for general checkups. Continue reading
Read an article by Benazir Shah about rabies in Pakistan.
by Merritt Clifton
Originally published in the September 2007 issue of Animal People, a leading independent newspaper providing original investigative coverage of animal protection worldwide, the following article on eradicating canine rabies has been posted here with permission from the newspaper’s editorial team.
“Rabies could be gone in a decade,” BBC News headlined worldwide on September 8, 2007. “Rabies could be wiped out across the world,” the BBC report continued, “if sufficient vaccinations are carried out on domestic dogs, according to experts.” BBC News went on to quote staff of the Royal Dick Veterinary School at Edinburgh University in Scotland, who were among the cofounders of the Alliance for Rabies Control and promoters of the first World Rabies Day, held on September 7, 2007. Continue reading
Killing dogs is not the solution!
Karachi – Successive city governments in Karachi have over the decades been killing stray 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. What they fail to comprehend is that no matter how many dogs are killed, the remaining will move into the area and quickly breed up to the carrying capacity of their ecological niche. At a walk to create awareness about rabies near Quaid’s mausoleum on World Rabies Day, September 8, 2007, the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) advocated the Animal Birth Control method as an effective stray dog population management strategy. Continue reading
Dr. Naseem Salahuddin in DAWN:
The need is to institute a programme for animal birth control and for the vaccination of domestic, community and stray dogs, which is the only proven method of animal rabies control. Under the law, it is mandatory for pet owners to get their animals vaccinated but as is common here there is no enforcement of the law. Ad hoc immunisation of a limited number of dogs, and culling are unsustainable over a period of time and a waste of resources.