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Animals Asia is sorry and disappointed to hear that the Indonesian/Balinese authorities continue with this programme of mass slaughter of street dogs, in spite of all the efforts of groups such as the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA). We have again written (by email and fax) to the Bali Governor (copied to the Indonesian Consul General here in HK), in the hope that support from international animal welfare organisations will help to influence the Indonesian authorities to stop these culls and take guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) who have adopted a sensible science-based approach to this kind of problem.
If you would like to find out more and sign a petition against this unnecessary killing, please visit BAWA's website.
My name is Mark Jones, I am a veterinarian from the UK, and I am the animal welfare director for Animals Asia Foundation, a Hong Kong based non-government organisation dedicated to improving the lives and welfare of animals Asia-wide.
Once again we were very disturbed to hear of the ongoing efforts to control rabies in Bali by the mass slaughter of street dogs, using strychnine (see "Calls to cull stray dogs mount", Jakarta post 19th Feb 09), in spite of overwhelming evidence for the lack of efficacy of this kind of approach from the World Health Organisation and other international human and animal health bodies.
I refer you to letters I have written on 4th December 2008, and on 7th January 2009, to the Consul General of Indonesia here in Hong Kong (both attached), expressing our concern and explaining the WHO position.
On behalf of Animals Asia Foundation, and in concert with the opinion of many other Indonesian and international groups concerned with human and animal health and welfare, I once again urge you to reconsider your approach to this issue. A widespread, carefully planned and executed dog vaccination programme, using WHO approved rabies vaccines, would be a far more effective method of reducing the risk of rabies to the general human population. The long term adoption of a coordinated trap-neuter-vaccination-release programme for stray dogs will provide population stability, whilst keeping alien, potentially infected dogs out of populated areas. These measures will provide greater safety in the short and long term for your citizens, whilst removing the need for the indiscriminate and inhumane slaughter of hundreds or thousands of healthy dogs.
As in my previous letters, I refer you to the following documents for expert guidance:
WHO technical report series 931 (2004) "WHO Expert Consultation on Rabies" http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs099/en/
The experiences of the Blue Cross in India which are summarised at http://www.bluecross.org.in/abc.html
“Humane Dog Population Management Guidance”, published by the International Companion Animal Management Coalition and available at http://www.icam-coalition.org/, which summarises the failure of the mass culling programme on Flores 1997-2004, and offers a comprehensive explanation of the operation of trap-neuter-release programmes.
I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.
Mark Jones BVSc MSc(Stir) MSc(London) MRCVS, Veterinarian
Animal Welfare Director
Animals Asia Foundation
Tel: (852) 2791 2225
Fax: (852) 2791 2320
Email: [email protected] Web: www.animalsasia.org