With your support WSPA continues to pioneer for change with new partnerships and alliances formed in new regions and countries, and thousands more dogs and people being protected as new Collars not Cruelty campaigns are launched.
One year ago we launched our global Collars not Cruelty campaign by supporting the Bangladesh Government to implement its first mass canine vaccination campaign in Cox’s Bazar on the southern coast of Bangladesh.
The aim was to save thousands of dogs, end their cruel and needless killing, and pave the way for a nation-wide vaccination campaign.
One year on, thanks to you, the Cox’s Bazar pilot has delivered on its promise to vaccinate 70% of the estimated 4,000 dog population, and significantly reduce the cases of human rabies in the community; safeguarding both dogs and people so they can live in harmony together.
New vaccination campaigns are now being planned across Bangladesh from Autumn 2012 and we look forward to sharing news on how you can continue to help.
With your support we are demonstrating how we can work together with governments and decision makers to safeguard dogs and people in Bangladesh and beyond - ultimately saving the lives of thousands of dogs.
Forging into Indonesia and the Philippines
In 2010 the Indonesian island of Bali was announced as a destination for WSPA’s Collars Not Cruelty campaign.
In partnership with the Bali Animal Welfare Association, we moved closer to controlling the spread of rabies on the island through mass dog vaccination, protecting over 300,000 dogs from a needless death and massively reducing the numbers of human rabies cases.
Now, we are building on this success by adopting a similar model on another Indonesian island and in Metro Manila in the Philippines.
With the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), WSPA is moving into new areas as we launch our first ever joint mass vaccination campaign in the Philippines, and move forward in Indonesia on the island of Nias within the province of Northern Sumatra.
In the Philippines we are tackling one of our first Collar not Cruelty campaigns in an urban setting in the national capital region of Metro Manila.
Both projects will aim to humanely stop the spread of canine rabies through mass dog vaccinations, to stop the needless killing of dogs, and to ultimately decrease the number of human deaths caused by the disease across these two countries.
Collars not Cruelty continues to prove that a world that is free of rabies doesn’t have to be free of dogs.