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SL targets 3 million dogs for mass culling

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Sri Lanka has lifted a moratorium on killing stray dogs as the government attempts to cut down on the 2,000 people that are hospitalised every day after being bitten, a media report said on Saturday.
 
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told the Private television network that the government had decided to revert back to destroying strays, a practice suspended five years ago, because of rabies concerns.
 
'Clearly our new policy has failed... ,' Mr. Sirisena told the privately run network. 'As a government, we have decided to go back to the previous practice.' Sri Lankan law allows the authorities to catch and kill stray animals, but a presidential order suspended the practice in 2006 following lobbying by animal rights groups.
 
But the health minister said stray dog populations had rapidly increased, to three million in recent years, and had become a major public health issue in an island of 20 million people. (Source: AFP)


 
 

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-24+26 # Cleanup 2012-01-08 07:34
Good news, a tough measure but about time the government did the responsible thing and addressed the overwhelming stray dog population in sri lanka that has created a spread of rabies and increasd attacks. The number of dead dogs evidenced upon opening the new expressway was a cear inidiation of just how out of control the canine population has exploded
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-34+30 # Jay 2012-01-08 08:38
disgusting and inhuman!
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-16+29 # shabba 2012-01-08 08:38
make the country clean and safe ,
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-29+22 # Nicola Perera 2012-01-08 09:17
This outrage should not be allowed!
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-2+50 # Sadarana 2012-01-08 09:29
stray dogs are a real problem. But If there is an alternative to killing, that will be very kind. After all dogs are better than these politicians. Who is there to pass averdict on killing politicians for the damage they are doing to the human kind?
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-8+34 # rights 2012-01-08 09:35
every human and animal have the right to live..
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-24+15 # jack 2012-01-08 10:01
if something not good for the human shoud be distroyed becouse me too a victime
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-5+20 # adahan 2012-01-08 10:06
In addition to this, the ministry must contemplate in bringing up legislation to check the offenders who let loose their dogs to relieve themselves in the open.
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-17+23 # jeewa 2012-01-08 10:19
commendable decision from the GOSL. Stray dogs have become a epidermic now.
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-3+20 # baba 2012-01-08 11:06
20 million people, 3 million. dogs not bad
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-13+5 # senaka 2012-01-08 22:59
Thank god, The government has realized that human lifes are more important than stray gods after six years! Elimination of stray dogs should never have been stopped
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-2+3 # umar 2012-01-11 09:43
why not just move all these animals into a safe enclosed area? why kill?
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-1+0 # dd 2012-06-22 16:50
Humans > Dogs
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-0+0 # prihana 2012-11-08 12:22
Can i know how to inform about the steet dogs near our house.
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