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Indian Officials to Cull Thousands of Stray Dogs

March 11, 2008 11:13 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
To combat rabies, the city of Srinagar plans to exterminate its many strays. Activists oppose the move, but Srinagar is not alone in facing this problem.

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Contact with rabid dogs is the cause of 99 percent of rabies-related deaths in humans worldwide, and India has the world’s highest rate of human rabies.

Srinagar, located on the Indian side of the disputed region of Kashmir, has decided to put down its some 100,000 stray dogs by poisoning offal meat with the rat poison strychnine, and leaving the bait in dumpsters where dogs are likely to forage.

Animal rights activists are threatening to sue the city’s government because of the poison’s “cruel” effects. However, they concede that their earlier efforts to neuter and spay Srinagar’s stray population resulted in only 400 animals being sterilized.

Other cities around the world have had to contend with stray dog populations. As part of its preparations for the 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens, Greece, embarked on a $3 million program “to capture, neuter, tag and take” the city’s dogs off of the streets, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In 1996, Istanbul, Turkey, took to putting anti-rabies serum into Turkish-style grilled meatballs, leaving them in areas where dogs were known to congregate.

Samoa also has a well-documented problem with strays. In fact, the U.S. State Department has issued an advisory about the canines on its Consular Warning Sheet.

The Samoan Ministry of Police resorted to shooting strays during the early hours of the morning to alleviate the rabies risk.

Headline Link: ‘Indian City Aims to Poison 100,000 Stray Dogs’

Background: The Rabies virus

Related Topics: Stray animal troubles around the world

New Delhi, India
Apia, Samoa
Athens, Greece
Istanbul, Turkey

Reference: India

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