Dogs In Bali Need Help
"We cannot have peace among men whose hearts
delight in killing any living creature. By every act that
glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in
killing we set back the progress of humanity."
-- Rachel Carson
by Margaret West
I've recently returned from Bali, where every dog is in terrible danger. In fact, their lives are in our hands.
Rabies has spread across the entire island of Bali. And with no experience in controlling this deadly disease, the Balinese government felt that they had no other option than to begin a mass cull of all dogs. They sent teams, armed with strychnine-poisoned darts, to villages and towns to cull any unconfined dog.
Thousands are already dead. Many were just innocent puppies. And all died in great pain and fear.Let me tell you rabies is a terrible way for a dog to die, but being killed by strychnine poison is horrific. Thankfully, after months of negotiation WSPA, and our partners the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), have been given the Balinese Government's approval to stop mass culling and run an island-wide emergency vaccination program instead.
A mass vaccination is not only feasible, but is the only effective way to respond to a rabies outbreak. The Balinese government don't currently have the resources or budget to run the vaccination program themselves, so WSPA and BAWA must work together to reach dogs before the rabies spreads even further and the government resort to culling again - this is why we need your help.
We have been given just six months to vaccinate over 70% of 460,000 of Bali's dogs against rabies, or the culling could begin again.To run this vital program - and save these dogs lives - we need extra resources right now. I urgently need your help with a donation today:
Once the nation-wide vaccination program has been conducted, WSPA and BAWA will work with government teams, training them to stop rabies outbreaks from happening again. Plus, we'll continue to focus on humane dog population management in Bali, in partnership with local communities and other organizations.
There's more at stake than the lives of the 460,000 dogs in Bali. All round the world, as many as 200 million dogs live in countries using inhumane mass culls to try and control dog populations. Right now, we have a chance to make a difference for these dogs too.
Your donation today could help ensure that we can deliver this life-saving program to save dogs and other animals from a cruel and needless death.If you love animals like we do, and can't sit by while dogs die alone and in pain, then please make an urgent donation today to save Bali's dogs, and other animals around the world.
P.S. Please give today to help stop dogs being painfully poisoned to death. The lives of Bali's 460,000 dogs - and other animals around the world - are in our hands.
"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."
"I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on (the movie) Babe that by the
end of the film I
was a vegetarian."
~ James Cromwell