Governor Made Mangku Pastika has told Bali Animal Husbandry officers to immediately kill stray dogs as part of Bali’s mass vaccination campaign to control rabies.
Please, keep your dogs inside or very close to home.
“If any stray dogs are found, feel free to eliminate them,” said the Governor. And, if your pet is killed by government: “It is the dog owners’ fault for letting their dogs stray.”
Please, read and share the links below. Please: KEEP YOUR DOGS AT HOME. Take no risks. Dogs at Gianyar market were eliminated earlier this week.
Jakarta Post (English): http://
Antara (Indonesian): http://halocities.com/
PHOTO: Dog caught for killing at Gianyar market this week. The government says it takes too much manpower to catch dogs for vaccination … does it take less to catch them for killing?
Please make only constructive comments while BAWA tries to find out why the Government would revert to killing dogs when this action will only harm rabies control.
Millions of dollars of international and national funding and six years of effort have been put into Bali’s vaccination program which has reduced human deaths to two so far this year compared to 82 reported deaths in 2010.
Today, most adult dogs have been vaccinated. Many international organisations have offered volunteers to help vaccinate and sterilise. This free help has been turned down. BAWA’s free clinic has been closed.
Published international research shows that that killing vaccinated dogs will result in loss of herd immunity, making the spread of rabies more likely. Instead, it should be illegal to throw away puppies and banjars should be responsible for ensuring that new dogs are vaccinated.
Home puppy mills, pet shops and animal markets should be regulated. In our Facebook post yesterday, a pet shop owner admitted the dogs for sale were not vaccinated and saw no need for it.
We will try to get accurate information on why government would decide to kill healthy dogs now. Please stand by for more information.
In a 2009-2010 pilot program, BAWA vaccinated 48,000 dogs in Gianyar regency in only 6 months, and with only a small team and no operational funding support.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Australian government then provided funding for BAWA to vaccinate 28,000 dogs in Bangli regency. This was achieved in only 2.5 months in 2010.
With funding from WSPA, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Australian government, BAWA continued to work in 2010 and 2011 with Animal Husbandry to develop the island-wide program achieving vaccination of more than 75 percent of dogs.
Dogs were vaccinated in all 9 regencies except Klungkung which refused to participate even though epidemiologists from Glasgow advised that even one unvaccinated region would prevent island-wide rabies eradication.
In the last months of the program, a 78 percent reduction in rabies in humans and in dogs was achieved compared to the same period the previous year.
We wish Bali could continue to build on that success.
International specialists consistently advise against killing dogs other than rabid dogs or unvaccinated dogs exposed to rabid dogs.
We are astounded that government would choose to revert to culling dogs against specialist international advice.
Bali Animal Welfare Association