Today, more than 100,000 virtual dogs are marching across the Internet to deliver a global message: Use collars, not cruelty, in the fight against rabies.
The dogs – who were named and virtually “collared” by WSPA advocates around the world – represent the strong global support for our Collars Not Cruelty campaign, which promotes vaccination as an alternative to killing dogs in misguided attempts to control rabies.
“Every year, nearly 20 million dogs are needlessly and cruelly killed during mass culls,” said Ray Mitchell, International Campaigns Director, WSPA. “Through this virtual dog march, we want to tell people and governments around the world that it doesn’t have to be this way – through mass vaccination, they can humanly and effectively tackle the disease.”
“Collars Not Cruelty” in Action
WSPA’s approach to rabies control has already proven successful in many countries. The organization most recently carried out a mass vaccination project in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where it immunized more than 70 percent of the dog population; each dog was given a red collar to show local community members it was vaccinated.
The project mirrored another successful WSPA-funded project in Bali, where 210,000 dogs were vaccinated and – as a result – cases of rabies in dogs and humans dramatically decreased.
In the year ahead, WSPA plans to implement similar mass vaccination programs in Indonesia and the Philippines.