Across the world, hundreds of thousands of stray dogs are killed by government-led inhumane mass cullings, during which animals are poisoned, electrocuted, clubbed or shot in attempts to curb the spread of rabies. However, in the lead up to World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, Bali’s government has committed to a more humane and successful approach to eradicating rabies, implementing a model program that other countries can begin to use as part of their own rabies control efforts.
The Bali government recently signed an agreement authorizing a mass vaccination campaign to immunize nearly 400,000 dogs. The new, island-wide program is being funded by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), working closely with the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA,) and is an essential first step toward the government’s goal to eradicate rabies from the island by 2012.
Mike Baker, Chief Executive Officer of WSPA, said: “By choosing to eradicate rabies through a dedicated vaccination effort, Bali is taking the most effective route to protecting the health of its citizens – as well as the thousands of tourists who visit the island every year. With this campaign, Bali is set to take center stage and demonstrate a perfect model for rabies control to other countries where rabies continues to be a challenge.”
Watch the video statement from Mike Baker, Chief Executive Officer of WSPA