In Nepal, almost all municipalities poison dogs in order to control their numbers and (feared) outbreaks of rabies. The images of ‘man’s best friend’ dying a slow and agonizing death are heart rendering and deeply traumatizing for children and other members of the public.
Contrary to what many believe, the number of dogs does not go down after poisoning. Within half a year the population recovers and often even increases. Besides, strychnine poison can harm humans and other animals. The disposal of the bodies is a major concern.
Humane solutions like Animal Birth Control/Ant Rabies have been introduced in Nepal a decade ago. That is why poisoning dogs is not only inhumane, it is also ineffective and outdated.
We, the undersigned, urge the Government and Municipalities of Nepal to ban dog poisoning now, and instead promote long term, effective and humane solutions for the control of canines.
The Stop Dog Poisoning in Nepal petition to Nepal Government and municipalities was written by Take Action Now and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.