Proof that an island without rabies is not an island without dogs
When rabies broke out on the tourist-friendly island of Bali, authorities acted swiftly to try and stamp it out: sentencing the roaming dog population to a cruel and unnecessary death by strychnine poisoning.
WSPA quickly stepped in, promoting mass vaccination as the only effective way to control rabies and encouraging officials to carry it out.
Ray Mitchell, International Campaigns Director said: “In Bali we’ve proved what science already shows: vaccination works. Not only has the human death rate from rabies on the island dropped by almost 70%, but hundreds of thousands of dogs’ lives have been saved.
“Unfortunately we’ve heard reports of localized culling still taking place, despite the obvious success of the vaccination scheme. We will be working with the Balinese authorities to address this and ensure that rabies is never used as an excuse for killing dogs in future.”
A blueprint for a global campaign
The success in Bali has become a blueprint for WSPA’s global Red Collar campaign which has so far seen vaccination programs rolled out into Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with more work to follow.
Ray Mitchell added: “Rabies is a global problem with a global solution. We want all governments to fight rabies with collars, not cruelty.”