Jan 4, 2012
Comedian Ricky Gervais has announced his support for WSPA’s Collars Not Cruelty campaign to protect dogs from both cruelty and rabies.
“Right now, WSPA is working to protect millions of dogs around the world that are being killed because of the fear of rabies – it doesn’t have to be this way,” said Gervais. “In fact, vaccination is the only way to stop the spread of this deadly disease. WSPA vaccinates the dogs and puts a red collar on them, showing the communities that they are safe – saving them from cruel, painful deaths. I support this vital effort, standing with WSPA to ask governments and communities everywhere to choose collars – not cruelty – in the fight against rabies.”
As part of the Collars Not Cruelty campaign, WSPA recently completed a large-scale dog vaccination project in the principal resort town of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. There, it supported the national government in successfully carrying out the vaccination of at least 70% of the area’s dog population – enough to ensure that the local dogs and community members will be safe from rabies.
WSPA is also currently preparing for its first-ever global virtual dog march, during which 100,000 dogs will be let loose across the Internet on Jan. 24. People around the world are encouraged to participate today by collaring one of the 100,000 virtual dogs that will “walk” in the event.
“You can stand with us, too, by signing up to the world’s biggest Virtual Dog March,” said Gervais. “Name and collar a dog online and let him run with thousands of others on Jan. 24 to help spread the word and celebrate this lifesaving work. Collar a dog, spread the word, help save a life. It’s as simple as that.”