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In March of 2021, the Pakistani government began a campaign for the mass culling of stray dogs in Sindh. The decision followed an increase in dog bite cases in the province. In Karachi, a city in Sindh, at least, 1,350 dogs have been killed, 400 of which were killed during just one day. In total, the Pakistani government is planning to kill a total of 25,000 stray dogs by the end of May.
The government does not have any regulations on what methods can be used to kill these dogs. Thus, many suffer painful deaths, often having their legs tied and then being shot or poisoned. Sometimes citizens join in and hang or poison the dogs as well. Sadly, this dog cull isn’t new. Tens of thousands of stray dogs are culled in Pakistan every year.
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Recently, citizens protested against the killing of stray dogs outside the Cantonment Board Clifton. They argue that not only is this horribly cruel and inhumane, but it is also ineffective. According to Dr. Wajiha Javed, project director of Rabies Free Pakistan, “Dogs are territorial and when they see their species decreasing, they mate quickly.” Thus, killing these dogs won’t actually decrease their population much or control rabies in the long run. The best way to deal with these issues is to vaccinate, spay, and neuter strays, as Rabies Free Pakistan has been doing.
Sign this petition to tell the government of Karachi, Pakistan to immediately cease their mass cull of stray dogs!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Ban Use of Attack Dogs by Police Officers
- Ban the Use of Attack Dogs on Prisoners
- End the Illegal Dog Meat Trade
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