Ending Inhumane Culling

The World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) exists to tackle animal cruelty and suffering. To do this, we move individuals, organisations and governments around the world to transform animals’ lives. 

Every year, millions of dogs are needlessly culled in response to the fear of rabies in a misguided effort to stop the spread of this deadly disease. 

Mass dog culls are widely used because they are perceived as cheap, easy and effective.  In reality, there is no evidence that the mass culling of dogs works as a method of controlling rabies. Scientific evidence demonstrates that the only effective solution is the humane option: mass dog vaccination.

Since 2011, we have been calling for an end to the culling of dogs in response to rabies.

Holistic approach

We support a holistic approach that sees animal and human health as inextricably connected. By addressing rabies in dogs through humane mass dog vaccination we are tackling the primary source of rabies. As rabies decreases in dogs the number of human cases will also fall. 

Furthermore, when coupled with our experience of humane dog population management and responsible pet ownership, other conflicts between people and dogs can also be mitigated, creating a co-existence without fear of disease.

Our work shows how WSPA can be the catalyst for change by:

  • Moving governments around the world to change their policy and practice
  • Challenging people’s acceptance of the inhumane culling of dogs
  • Demonstrating that a humane alternative not only exists, but is actually the only effective method

We are moving the world to protect animals:

  • Across Asia and Africa: supporting integrated programmes of mass dog vaccination. In Bali, Bangladesh, The Philippines, Indonesia, China, Kenya and Zanzibar we are collecting the evidence required to demonstrate to those governments that our solution works for both people and animals
  • In Latin America: promoting, through case studies, the success of established programmes which place canine vaccination at the heart of humane efforts to control rabies
  • Drawing on central hubs of canine rabies experts and forging strategic global partnerships to find regionally relevant animal welfare solutions
Throughout 2013, we have continued to work with governments and through our global partners, to prove that mass dog vaccination programmes are better for people, animals and economies.

Campaign update

Our Ending Inhumane Culling team present campaign developments and share scientific updates at key industry conferences and events. These presentations enable us to reach important thought leaders, decision makers and politicians across the globe, thus supporting our humane solutions to end the inhumane culling of dogs. Here are some recent examples:

Learn more about our mass vaccination programmes

Humane Programmes - Eliminating rabies in Zanzibar

Controlling rabies in dogs: building a barrier through vaccination

Ending Inhumane Culling: our global achievements

EHIC timeline 2013

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