Victory for Ethiopian Street Dogs 2007

 

During the week of the much-anticipated Ethiopian millennium in September 2007, the mayor of Addis Ababa announced a “dog poisoning campaign” to eradicate rabies in the new millennium. When HSI confirmed the announcement, we immediately asked our online advocates to help us protest this inhumane plan, which we knew would be not only cruel but also ineffective.

Over 6,000 people responded, bombarding the mayor of Addis Ababa with letters urging him to rethink this misguided campaign. Happily, he listened.

Thanks to strong international pressure from all of our HSI online advocates, the local government is now open to communication with Humane Society International regarding the development of a humane approach to the street dog overpopulation problem and of course, the rabies issue. HSI will support Ethiopian organization Homeless Animal Protection Society (HAPS) in Addis Ababa, as well as work with government veterinary clinics throughout the city to implement humane means of animal control.


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