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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!
4 thoughts on “The stray dogs of Pakistan need your help!”
Well, this is not just the story of karachi this is happening everywhere in pakistan.
Today i was watching geo and they told that 167 dogs were killed in hyderabad in just 12 hours by police (dont know yet that by poison or bullets).
i think it is enough , there must be something done for these poor dogs.
I heard a whimper as i was getting into my car, Both my driver and I looked underneath and saw a little pup crawl out . With each step it took it was crying and whimpering and then i noticed the poor little creature had a gaping bullet wound on the side of its belly. Apparently people from the DHA shot and killed many strays today , including wounding the little one I saw. I have seen these pups before, and they were always playful and sweet and friendly. Today, this poor pup was in extreme pain and it kept crawling under cars to hide itself from people…..
I am absolutely shocked and disgusted by the depths of cruelty our people subject animals too. I am sure there are better and more humane methods of dealing with problems caused by stray dogs. For example, neutering a stray dog might be a better way then shooting it. I am in contact with a vet from England who is most interested in helping out with neutering strays. Yes, it will take more effort to make this happen and money as well but maybe someone should inform the DHA that bullets cost money too.
I am a resident of Hyderabad and i’ve witnessed that people often don’t even wait for the authorities to take decision….
A group of people representing the admins of our society purchased Strychnine themselves to proceed with the poisoning and they are planning to do it in near future….
its embedded in their minds that the only way to get rid is to kill….They WONT DISPOSE off garbage properly, They won’t opt for trap / neuter / vaccinate / release as an option…
I wish we were more literate as a nation.
i am a young teenager and i m crazy about animals.I have been looking for an organization that i could help with.I seriously feel for stray dogs and cats.I have gotten into many fights with people on the streets that harass dogs and cats.I have taken many to the vets.I want to know if i can help!!Please get back to me.