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100,000 dogs walk in WSPA's virtual dog march
Today, more than 100,000 virtual dogs are marching across the Internet to deliver a global message: Use collars, not cruelty, in the fight against rabies. The dogs – who were named and virtually “collared” by WSPA advocates around the world – represent the strong global support for our Collars Not Cruelty campaign, which promotes vaccination as an alternative to killing dogs in misguided attempts to control rabies. The organization most recently carried out a mass vaccination project in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where it immunized more than 70 percent of the dog population; each dog was given a red collar to show local community members it was vaccinated.

65,000 dogs saved in Bali
Staff from WSPA member society the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) have been vaccinating free roaming dogs in Bali’s Gianyar district to prevent further outbreaks of rabies and show local authorities that culling is not the answer. An eight month vaccination program has ensured that 42,500 of Gianyar’s dogs have now been immunized, preventing a cull of 65,000 and protecting 390,000 humans from the disease. Despite mounting local opposition as well as international recrimination*, the authorities were unwilling to switch to a mass vaccination program as they were unconvinced it would help them control rabies effectively.

Thousands of dogs suffer needless cull
This kneejerk reaction to reported human rabies cases ignores all evidence that a humane dog vaccination and public education program is the only effective way to combat the spread of this potentially fatal disease. This would take the form of a comprehensive and humane strategy, combining public education on avoiding rabies and responsible pet ownership with a mass dog vaccination program. By eventually eradicating the spread of rabies in dogs, the people of Hanzhong would be safer from this disease without resorting to acute and widespread animal suffering. Experts recently completed drafting the country's first animal protection law; they are now revising it before submission to government and congress authorities.

Bali’s dogs at risk again
A recent outbreak of rabies on this otherwise idyllic island has seen government authorities rush headlong into a mass elimination program – except they’re focused on eliminating dogs, not rabies. WSPA is now in Bali, joining local veterinarians and government officials in lobbying the authorities and asking intergovernmental organizations to support our call for a sustained mass dog vaccination program to eradicate rabies – for good. BAWA and WSPA are part of the Bali Rabies Forum, a coalition of animal welfare groups that has developed a series of recommendations to effectively control the spread of rabies through a sustained vaccination program that would strike at the very root of the problem. He says many village dogs are routinely fed and cared for and describes how villagers brought two or three street dogs each to a vaccination camp held earlier this year.

New book focuses attention on stray dogs in Puerto Rico and Mexico
The book features stunning black-and-white photographs of stray dogs in Puerto Rico and Mexico, and of the people who care for them. Each sale in the UK will raise 25 pence to support WSPA and our member societies’ efforts to help strays in the Caribbean and Latin America. In Street Dogs, Scott tells the compelling stories of stray dogs in and the individuals who are working to save and improve their lives. Scott accompanied animal welfare workers on missions to rescue dogs from the streets and other places they struggle to survive, including the infamous “Dead Dog Beach” in Puerto Rico, where people routinely abandon dogs.

Fears for welfare of Korean dogs
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is proposing that dogs in Korea should be re-categorized as livestock, which would give the dog meat trade in South Korea legal status. The primary concern of the South Korean authorities is for human health, as currently there are no sanitary regulations related to the processing or selling of dog meat. If the dogs are classified as livestock, regulations will be put in place and the meat potentially sold more widely. Advocates of the trade have claimed that legalizing the sale of dog meat would lead to improvements in animal welfare, allowing for regulations to be introduced.

$25 million offered for non-surgical sterilization for dogs and cats
Billionaire surgeon, entrepreneur and inventor Dr. Gary Michelson recently announced that he is offering $25 million to the person or group who can come up with a safe, non-surgical, single dose sterilization method for male and female cats and dogs. He, like most animal-welfare experts, believes that the introduction of a cheap, reliable pet sterilant will dramatically reduce the number of animals that US shelters are forced to euthanize every year, which presently stands at four to six million. Studies conducted by experts from the ACC&D and other animal advocacy organizations have found that 27% of dogs and 14% of cats have not been spayed or neutered, with owners' reasons ranging from cost worries to fears about surgical safety.

WSPA battles the elements
Tweet An estimated 50,000 cattle have died as a result of flooding in Bolivia, with heavy rainfall continuing to damage housing, infrastructure and agriculture. The extreme climatic events also resulted in over 250,000 people being displaced, leading to concerns for companion animals left behind. A WSPA assessment team has been sent in to the affected area and is working with its member society, Animales S.O.S, to assess the needs of surviving livestock and companion animals.

Red card on cruelty: WSPA asks Ukraine government to end cruel dog kills
Earlier this year, WSPA was concerned to hear reports that thousands of dogs were being cruelly killed in Ukraine. Reportedly, several cities were taking this drastic step to "clean up" their streets ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship being co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland. As WSPA has witnessed through several of its projects worldwide, stray dog populations can be effectively managed through identifying and addressing the root cause of the problem – this can only be done through implementing a tailored package of humane dog population management methods, which could include: sterilization, registration of dogs and promoting responsible pet ownership.

WSPA and True Blood's Kristin Bauer Celebrate Successful Dog Vaccination Project
Bauer, who plays vampire Pam in the smash-hit series True Blood, announced her support for WSPA’s campaign after hearing about the brutal ways in which nearly 20 million dogs are killed every year, often in failed attempts to control rabies. The project, which has since been completed, will save thousands of dogs in its first year alone and pave the way for a nation-wide vaccination campaign. Similar to other successful WSPA-led rabies control projects – such as those in Bali and Sri Lanka – dogs in Bangladesh are being vaccinated and given red collars so that communities know they are safe from the disease.

Inhumane dog cull in India – Take action
Inhumane dog culling is continuing in Kerala - India - in an alleged attempt to control rabies. Rabies is a major concern in India, but indiscriminate culls are ineffective and often involve extreme cruelty. There are humane and effective alternatives to mass culling and the WSPA is working in partnership with governments and member societies worldwide on humane dog population management. India does have legislation to protect animals against cruelty and to promote humane animal control, but it appears it is being ignored in Kerala. Write a letter: please take a moment to write directly to the Kerala government or to your Indian embassy to show that international eyes are watching.

WSPA supports campaign to protect dogs in Missouri
If passed, the measure would end the inhumane treatment and needless suffering of tens of thousands of dogs in Missouri’s 3,000 puppy mills, by establishing humane care standards and regulating inhumane, large-scale breeding facilities. B would help ensure that large-scale commercial breeding operations do not prioritize profit over the dogs’ well-being by limiting the number of breeding dogs they house. This would also prevent facilities from becoming overcrowded and ensure that the individual needs of each animal can be sufficiently met. When these animals can no longer be used for breeding, they no longer provide a profit and are often cruelly killed.

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