One year since the launch of the Collars Not Cruelty campaign and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is proving that compassion and vaccination works — to protect dogs, safeguard communities and stop rabies.
Around the world, people and dogs live together. In some communities however, that bond is being tested. Every year more than 55,000 people die from rabies – a 100% preventable disease. Twenty million dogs are also brutally killed every year and fear of rabies is often used as the excuse. That's 38 dogs killed every minute. People think it will stop rabies. It doesn't.
"When confronted with the problem of this fast-spreading disease, governments sometimes turn to what they believe is the only way to wipe out rabies: wipe out the dog population" said Ray Mitchell, International Director of Campaigns, WSPA.
Through the Collars Not Cruelty campaign, WSPA works with local partners and authorities to stop the killing of dogs and instead set up vaccination clinics. The dogs are vaccinated against rabies and given a bright red collar so the community knows these dogs are safe; preventing them from being killed and protecting everyone from rabies.
"I'm backing WSPA's Collars Not Cruelty campaign, to help end the unnecessary deaths of million dogs, killed every year, because of our fear of rabies" says comedian and WSPA spokesperson Ricky Gervais. "WSPA is calling on governments and communities everywhere to replace killing with mass vaccination programs" says Gervais.
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WSPA has a history of protecting dogs against cruelty and rabies; they have launched successful mass vaccination programs in Sri Lanka, Latin America, Bangladesh and Bali. “In Bali, WSPA saved more than 300,000 dogs from being killed and the mass vaccination of the dog population led to a significant drop in human rabies cases as well” says WSPA Canada Executive Director, Josey Kitson. “Vaccination is the only scientifically proven, humane and sustainable way to combat rabies in dogs and people” says Kitson.
Since the launch of the Collars Not Cruelty campaign last year, WSPA has been working with partners in Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka City, Bangladesh to vaccinate tens of thousands of dogs. To celebrate World Rabies Day this year (Friday September 28), WSPA is proud to announce a partnership with the Bangladesh government on a national action plan to stamp out rabies across that country and end the unnecessary killing of dogs due to rabies for good.
WSPA is also rolling out vaccination programs in the Philippines and Indonesia in partnership with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and national governments. With the help of supporters and policymakers, WSPA is creating a world where collars, not cruelty are winning the fight against rabies and where dogs and humans can live side-by-side once again.
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