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(Feb. 13, 2014)—Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health has issued a directive ordering provincial authorities to crack down on the illegal trafficking of dogs for human consumption as rabies concerns rise. The action will help put an end to the cruel and inhumane dog meat trade in this region.

The move follows a ground-breaking meeting in Hanoi last August, when members of the Asia Canine Protection Alliance met with the authorities of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos agreed to consider a five-year moratorium on the commercial transport of dogs from one country to another. ACPA is made up of Change For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, Animals Asia and Soi Dog Foundation.

The DAH directive specifically instructs DAH sub departments to strengthen the inspection and prevention of illegal import, transport and trade of animals or animal products. The government has also instructed the DAH to work with international organisations to raise awareness about the dangers of consuming dog meat, and the illegality of much of the cross border trade.

Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam director for Animals Asia said:

“The dog meat trade has long been characterised by cruelty and corruption. Companion animals and strays are snatched and crammed into cages to be transported long distances. Their proximity and lack of care means diseases are rife. They are dangerous to those who choose to eat them and dangerous to anyone who comes into contact with them. Vietnam has long been the destination for trafficked dogs, from surrounding countries – if governments are serious about stopping trafficking then the corrupt and unregulated dog industry is the obvious place to start.”

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement with Humane Society International stated:

“This new directive is a big step in ending this cruel and illegal trade of dogs over international borders. ACPA intends to assist the Vietnam government to insure this new directive is implemented to its fullest, preventing the intense suffering of thousands of dogs and the further spread of rabies”.

Lola Webber, Programmes Leader for Change For Animals Foundation, said: “Given the dog meat trade involves the only current mass movement of known or suspected rabies-infected dogs, there is a strong argument to stop the cycle of infection by banning this trade entirely.”

While the unregulated trade of dogs into Vietnam has been illegal since 2009, limited resources have meant the law is often unenforced and has remained, until now, a low priority. It is estimated that up to 5 million dogs are slaughtered in Vietnam every year for human consumption. All countries in the region have already banned the transport of dogs without evidence of rabies vaccinations, health certificates, export licenses and proof of origin.

John Dalley, Vice President of Soi Dog Foundation, said: “The Government of Vietnam is to be applauded for taking this initiative, and we hope other countries in the region will follow this lead. Many people cite culture in defence of the trade, but rabies and cholera and other diseases associated with it are no respecters of culture.”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has pledged to wipe out rabies in the region by 2020. Rabies is responsible for the deaths of up to 29,000 people in Asia every year. Rabies cannot be eliminated from the region without provincial authorities stopping illegal dog trafficking.

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—on the Web at hsi.org.

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Born Free USA asking people to honor bats this Halloween

Washington, D.C., October 8, 2012-- This year is the “International Year of the Bat,” one of the most misunderstood wildlife species and, with Halloween just weeks away, their reputation often suffers this time of year.

Born Free USA, a leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, is working to stop the rapid decline in bat populations. “Humans can help bats by dispelling the myths that cause needless harm to and fear about them,” says Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate for Born Free USA. “They are actually vitally important to ecosystems and agriculture.”

According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, “Bats are extremely valuable to our country’s agriculture due to the incredible number of insects these small animals consume and many homeowners encourage bats to roost near their homes by installing specially designed bat houses to reap the insect control benefits that bats provide.”

“Fear of contracting rabies is the greatest fear people have about bats, however rabies only affects a small percentage of bats – less than one half of one percent, and the risk of contracting rabies is further minimized by following basic precautions such as not handling or touching bats with bare hands,” Engebretson explains.

Bats may choose to roost in exterior building walls or attics and may raise their young in these spaces. If building or homeowners are unable to accommodate the bats, it is a widely accepted best practice to humanely exclude bats from unwanted roosting areas after they have finished raising young and when they are not hibernating. Blocking access to a human occupied interior area of a building is a simple and effective method to prevent contact with bats during this time.

Roberts explains, “Individuals can help offset the threats faced by bats and reap the benefits of having bats around by becoming “bat smart.”

Born Free USA top tips for being bat smart:

  • If a bat flies into your home, as long as no direct human contact has occurred the bat can be released outdoors. First leave a door or window to the outside open to allow the bat to leave on its own. If it does not leave on its own the bat can be safely captured and released outside using a box (cover the landed bat with a box, slip a piece of cardboard between the wall/floor and the container gently tapping the bat inside). Then wait until nightfall and take the box outside and release the bat outside.
  • If you find an injured bat or a bat who appears unable to fly call your local wildlife rehabilitator, your local animal control or public health office.
  • Create roosting sites for bats on your property by installing bat houses – build your own or buy one. Plans for building or purchasing bat houses can be found on the internet.
  • Humanely exclude bats from buildings and spaces that you don’t want them to roost in. Exclusions should only be done when young bats are mature enough to leave the roost and when bats are not hibernating. Bat Conservation International www.batcon.org has detailed instructions for humanely and safely excluding bats from buildings.
  • Take reasonable precautions- never handle bats with bare hands

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to the United States the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film “Born Free,” along with their son Will Travers, now chief executive officer of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

More at www.bornfreeusa.org; on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.

(Denpasar, Bali, 21 September 2010)  - Thousands of dogs may be spared death from strychnine poisoning as a revolutionary island-wide rabies vaccination program was given official approval by the Government of Bali today.

 

“This program will save hundreds of thousands of lives—both dogs and humans,” said Kate Atema, IFAW Director of Companion Animals Programs.

 

IFAW is supporting the initiative which is being led by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), working with the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) and also using the expertise of IFAW’s Bali-based team, Indonesian Animal Welfare (InAW).

 

“No longer will dogs be randomly killed following an outbreak of rabies,” said Atema. “This is a vital first step towards eliminating the disease from Bali by 2012. The government should be commended for embracing vaccination as a more effective and humane approach to controlling rabies.”

 

In order to control rabies across the island, the vaccination program must roll out rapidly. The program aims to vaccinate at least 70% of the island’s dogs within six months by simultaneously deploying up to 12 teams of 8 to 10 expert animal handlers, veterinarians and educators.

 

Bali, which was considered rabies-free until an outbreak of the disease in 2008, has a large unvaccinated roaming dog population which can spread the disease quickly. Humans can contract the disease from a bite by an infected dog, and infection is nearly 100% fatal if not treated immediately. The rapid spread of rabies has caused the death of hundreds of Balinese and led to widespread fear and indiscriminate dog killing.  

 

“Culling dogs does not eliminate rabies in the long-term,” said Atema. “The only recognized strategy for the elimination of rabies, according to the WHO (World Health Organization) is a comprehensive vaccination program coupled with public education.”

 

The project has been made possible by a generous donation of nearly all the necessary rabies vaccines from AusAid (the Australian Government’s overseas aid program). IFAW has committed a significant financial contribution to this project. WSPA/BAWA and the Balinese government are responsible for the project’s implementation, including organizing and training vaccination teams, training for local authorities, and public education.

 

Bali has nine regencies: Buleleng, Jembrana, Tabanan, Badung, Bangli, Karangasem, Denpasar, Klungkung and Gianyar.

 

BAWA has already completed a successful pilot vaccinaton program this year in Gianyar and Bangli. This program aims to reach more than 70 per cent of the dogs in the remaining regencies within 6 months. 

NOTES:

·         Since 2002, IFAW has supported a local team of veterinarians, now locally called Indonesian Animal Welfare (InAW), to operate a mobile sterilization, vaccination and treatment program in several Balinese villages. The team treated nearly 2,000 dogs last year.

 

·         In spite of an internationally proven strategies for rabies elimination through vaccination, culling dogs through poisoning, beating or shooting remains a common response to rabies outbreaks worldwide.  This project aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of vaccination-only programs in the humane, effective elimination of rabies in developing communities.

·         A threat to both human and animal health, rabies is a rapidly progressing, deadly disease. It is almost always spread by an animal bite but can also be spread when a rabid animal’s saliva gets directly into the eyes, nose, mouth, or broken skin. The primary sources of human infection worldwide are dogs and certain wildlife species.

·         Each year throughout the world, rabies kills approximately 50,000 people, mostly children. The risk of rabies from domestic animals is low for people in the United States and other developed countries where comprehensive rabies vaccination programs are in place. (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control)

 

·         Post-exposure vaccines for humans bitten by rabid animals in Bali are expensive and difficult to come by. Post-exposure treatment can cost up to USD $1,000, depending on body weight.. Average per capita income in Bali is USD $2,271 (2008).

 

·         Bali has a population of 350,000. A predominantly Hindu island, it is part of Indonesia, which is otherwise primarily Muslim. A popular tourist destination due to its sparkling beaches, it has been recently made popular through the book/film, “Eat, Pray, Love.”