In a lead up to World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, the Bali government last week signed an agreement authorizing a mass vaccination campaign to immunize nearly 400,000 dogs. The new, island-wide program is being funded by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), who is working closely with the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA,) and is an essential first step toward the government’s goal to eradicate rabies from the island by 2012.
The vaccination program provides Bali with an alternative to "mass culling" - the killing of stray animals in an attempt to curb the spread of rabies. Bali's commitment to a more humane method of rabies control sets a great precedent for other countries to follow, and is the first step in helping to end mass culling, worldwide.
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