Implement the ban on dog culling in Bangladesh!
- by: Humane Society International
- target: Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mohammed Nasim and Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain
Dog culling has been banned in Bangladesh but government authorities continue to cull dogs in an attempt to eradicate rabies. The dogs – many of them community owned and already vaccinated – are caught by untrained dog handlers, who use long iron polls to immobilize the dogs. The dogs are euthanized on the street and suffer long and painful deaths. Their dead bodies are then thrown onto the back of a truck to be destroyed.
Urge the Health Minister and Local Government Minister to implement the ban on dog culling.
Dog culling is not an effective or humane solution. According to the World Health Organization, the only scientific and effective method to eliminate rabies is through mass dog vaccination and sterilization. HSI is calling on the government to implement a nation-wide animal birth control (ABC) and vaccination program to eradicate rabies.
Please write to the Health Minister and Local Government Minister calling for immediate action to implement the ban on dog culling in Bangladesh.
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Dear Hon’ble Ministers,
Dog culling has been banned in Bangladesh but government authorities continue to cull dogs in an attempt to eradicate rabies. According to the World Health Organization, the only scientific and effective way to eradicate rabies is through mass dog vaccination and sterilization. This is demonstrated through the Dog Population Management Program in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Jointly run by Humane Society International and Dhaka North City Corporation, almost 4,000 street dogs have been vaccinated and sterilized over the past year allowing them to live safer and healthier lives, while ensuring the health and safety of humans also. This is a better policy for Bangladesh to pursue.
Please uphold the ban on dog culling without delay. Until the government starts to vaccinate and humanely control the dog population, illegal culling of dogs will continue – and the spread of rabies will continue. Your ministries have the power to end this illegal activity and to implement effective, scientifically proven rabies eradication through nation-wide animal birth control (ABC) and mass dog vaccination.