Monday, January 9, 2012

Sri Lankan Animal Rights Activists Condemn Gov’t Dog Culling Plan

According to this report, this predominantly Buddhist country banned the culling of stray dogs in 2005 but is apparently re-considering it as a method to control 3 million strays. 

The problems of bites (2,000-2,500 every year) and rabies are highlighted plus the conflict with animal rights activists and the problem of corruption hindering sterilization programs.

Near the end is a comment by a veterinary surgeon who said that “…it is the domesticated dogs that have bitten most of the people, not the stray dogs.” This is no surprise to me and in my view it should be given more prominence. Other reports I have seen on this story fail to report this point putting all the blame on strays.

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