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AAF works with Nanjing Authorities in Response to the Dog Culls
Jill & Christie meet with Ms. Ha and the Nanjing Police Dept.
A beautiful dog saved from the pet dog cull
Throughout the previous months of shocking pet dog culls in many provinces in China we have been in constant contact with leaders of the 32 Animal Protection groups who attended our Guangzhou Companion Animal Symposium held in March 2006.
We also gathered and translated information from international experts on responsible rabies reduction programmes which have been effective in other countries and passed these papers on to the authorities in China. Following requests for meetings in Yunnan, Shandong, Chengdu and Nanjing, the authorities in Nanjing responded and Jill and Christie Yang, AAF's China Relations Manager, immediately flew to Nanjing for meetings with Ms. Ha who runs the local shelter and the Nanjing Police Department. For more information please see our press release below.
Please also take a moment to write a letter of thanks to the Nanjing Police Department supporting and applauding Nanjing's decision to find humane ways to tackle the problem of rabies and stray dog overpopulation. Please send your letter c/o Animals Asia either by email to [email protected] or by snail mail to:
Animals Asia Foundation
GPO Box 374
We will allow these letters to accumulate and present them to the authorities at the appropriate time.
Press Release, 25 September 2006 - AAF Praises Nanjing For Compassionate Dog-Control Measures Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) praised Nanjing officials for their responsible dog control measures in the wake of massive dog culls in other Mainland cities.
AAF founder and CEO, Jill Robinson, also announced plans to work with the Nanjing authorities, including inviting them to a Hong Kong workshop to learn more about humane animal control methods and ways to educate the public on caring for pets.
Robinson who has just returned from the Jiangsu province capital, said that instead of adopting a brutal quick-fix measure, the officials were looking for compassionate, long-term solutions. Representatives of Nanjing Police met with Robinson and AAF’s China Relations manager, Christie Yang, last week to discuss measures such as de-sexing and dog registration.
“Unlike other authorities that adopted a cruel reactionary stance by bludgeoning and slaughtering dogs en masse, the Nanjing Police decided to place stray dogs into the care of a local animal shelter, and even give the shelter manager funds to feed and care for the dogs,” Robinson said.
Ha Wenjing, who runs Nanjing Ping An A Fu Stray Animal Rescue on the outskirts of the city, currently has about 600 dogs and 100 cats in her care. Ms Ha says she has a good relationship with the local police, who call her when they have picked up a stray.
Robinson said that while placing the dogs in shelters was a good immediate option, more needed to be done to control the exploding stray population in Nanjing.
“Rescue centres certainly have their uses, but the wider problems need to be addressed through far-reaching public education programmes showing pet owners why they should vaccinate and spay/neuter, how they can integrate their companion animals into the community, and why they should adopt animals from shelters rather than buy them from pet shops,” she said.
Robinson said AAF would support the city’s efforts by directing funds towards education programmes and organising a workshop in Hong Kong in conjunction with other animal welfare groups.
She said she hoped representatives from Nanjing police, and the local agricultural bureau could join Ms Ha and the Nanjing shelter’s veterinary surgeon on a visit to Hong Kong to participate in the workshop as well as take a first-hand look at stray population control programmes already operating in Hong Kong. She also hoped to arrange training in modern neutering techniques for Nanjing vets.
Animals Asia is spearheading a campaign called “Friends…or Food?” aimed at ending dog and cat eating throughout China.
The Hong Kong-based foundation also runs two programmes that highlight the benefits dogs bring to society – Dr. Dog and Professor Paws.
A team of Dr Dogs, one of which was rescued from a cruel animal food market in China, has been visiting hospitals and nursing homes throughout Asia for 15 years, with stunning results for delighted patients and residents. The programme was launched in the Mainland cities of Chengdu and Guangzhou in 2004.
Through Professor Paws, native English-speaking volunteers take their dogs into Hong Kong schools with the aim of improving the children’s English language skills and instilling in them a lifelong respect for animals.