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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)

  Comments - 14

  • senaka Sunday, 08 January 2012 05:29 PM

    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

    Cleanup Sunday, 08 January 2012 02:04 AM

    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

    Jay Sunday, 08 January 2012 03:08 AM

    disgusting and inhuman!

    shabba Sunday, 08 January 2012 03:08 AM

    make the country clean and safe ,

    Nicola Perera Sunday, 08 January 2012 03:47 AM

    This outrage should not be allowed!

    Sadarana Sunday, 08 January 2012 03:59 AM

    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?

    prihana Thursday, 08 November 2012 06:52 AM

    Can i know how to inform about the steet dogs near our house.

    rights Sunday, 08 January 2012 04:05 AM

    every human and animal have the right to live..

    adahan Sunday, 08 January 2012 04:36 AM

    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.

    jack Sunday, 08 January 2012 04:31 AM

    if something not good for the human shoud be distroyed becouse me too a victime

    jeewa Sunday, 08 January 2012 04:49 AM

    commendable decision from the GOSL. Stray dogs have become a epidermic now.

    baba Sunday, 08 January 2012 05:36 AM

    20 million people, 3 million. dogs not bad

    umar Wednesday, 11 January 2012 04:13 AM

    why not just move all these animals into a safe enclosed area? why kill?

    dd Friday, 22 June 2012 11:20 AM

    Humans > Dogs

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