Dogs Shot and Poisoned in Iraq to Kill Them!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 11/27/2008 - 10:35pm.

Authorities in some of Baghdad's neighborhoods have initiated a campaign to eradicate the street dog populations through poisoning and shooting. This is being done in response to complaints by citizens fearful of roaming dogs that have allegedly attacked and killed 13 people, according to Baghdad officials.

Humane Society International has written a letter to the Prime Minster of Iraq, the Governor of Baghdad, and the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, urging them to work with us to implement more humane and effective street animal management policies.

Media have reported that over 200 dogs so far have been killed in targeted areas of the city by government officials and veterinarians. Photos of a rifle aimed at an unsuspecting dog and authorities distributing poisoned meat to a curious puppy have sparked outrage in the global animal welfare community.

Humane Society International is opposed to such methods of stray control on the basis that they are neither humane nor have they been found to provide long-term solutions to the overpopulation problem. The concern over disease transmission to humans and dog aggression are logical, but simply removing dogs in this manner only allows other dogs to move in to their place to continue the cycle of breeding, suffering and culling.

Read more about Humane Society International's street animal welfare programs and how we have worked collaboratively with governments in implementing more humane methods of animal population control via spay/neuter, vaccination, legislation, and education.

November 26, 2008 - source HumaneSocietyInternational

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 11/27/2008 - 10:35pm.