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WSPA to co-host first-ever international conference on dog population management

Mar 29, 2012

A stray dog in Costa Rica

The World Society for the Protection of Animals is joining forces with some of the world’s leading animal welfare groups to support the First International Conference on Dog Population Management 2012, which will take place in York, England, this September.

Stray dogs lead a very difficult life

It is estimated that a staggering 75 percent of the world’s dog population are strays. Their daily existence is incredibly difficult, and more than three quarters of puppies in developing countries die in agony from diseases including rabies and distemper.

Adding to an already grim situation, some 20 million dogs are brutally killed every year in inhumane and needless culls – many of which are organized by governments in response to rabies outbreaks.

WSPA is working hard to make things better

Through WSPA’s Collars Not Cruelty campaign, we are asking governments to run mass dog vaccination programs instead of mass culls in response to rabies.

With 20 years of experience in humane dog population management, WSPA is also offering advice and support to authorities on dog vaccination programs and humane dog population management techniques.

There is still much more to do

The main objective of the Dog Population Management Conference is to bring the public sector together with ecologists, economists and specialists in animal welfare, animal health and education. Together, we can address the most pressing issues we face in helping support the vulnerable and growing stray dog population.


For more information about the conference, including details on how to register, please visit the conference website.

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