WSPA to co-host first-ever international conference on dog population management

A stray dog in Costa Rica

The World Society for the Protection of Animals is joining forces with some of the world’s leading animal welfare groups to support the First International Conference on Dog Population Management 2012, which will take place in York, England, this September.

Stray dogs lead a very difficult life

It is estimated that a staggering 75 percent of the world’s dog population are strays. Their daily existence is incredibly difficult. They often suffer from untreated illnesses and horrible injuries sustained in their very fight to survive. Over three quarters of puppies in developing countries die in agony from diseases including rabies and distemper.

Adding to an already grim situation, some twenty million dogs are brutally killed every year in inhumane and needless culls. Many of which are organised by Governments in response to a rabies outbreak.

WSPA is working hard to make things better

Through WSPA’s Red Collar Campaign, we are calling for mass dog vaccination programmes to be run instead of the needless and cruel culling of dogs in response to rabies.  By campaigning and lobbying, WSPA can positively apply pressure to authorities and stakeholders in order to end the inhumane culling of dogs in response to rabies.

WSPA also has over 20 years' experience of humane dog population management, which enables us to offer advice and support to authorities and governments on dog vaccination programmes and humane dog population management techniques.

There is still much more to do

The main objective of the Dog Population Management Conference is to bring the public sector together with ecologists, economists and specialists in animal welfare, animal health and education. Together we can address the most pressing issues we face in helping support this most vulnerable, and growing population.

For more information about the conference, including details on how to register, please visit the conference website. And to find out more about how WSPA is supporting stray dogs around the world, please click here.
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