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Bali's Dog Owners are Foaming at the Mouth

Bali Kennel Club Members Challenge the Head of Bali's Quarantine to Back Up his Sudden Ban on Dog Show.

(6/15/2008) Tempo Interaktif reports that the Bali Kennel Club (PERKIN-Bali) is angrily protesting a prohibition against dog shows just issued by the head of the Bali Quarantine Station, Ketut Diarmita. The prohibition, issued ostensibly to prevent the spread of rabies in Bali is, according to PERKIN, lacking completely in foundation.

The Chairman of PERKIN, I Gede Winten Sumerta, complained on Thursday, June 11, 2008, that his members have yet to hear how rabies can be spread through organized dog shows. Said Sumerta, "we challenge the Head of the Bali Quarantine to explain this (action) within the coming 7 days." If the deadline passes and no proof or justification is presented PERKIN threatens to treat the prohibition as a lie visited upon the people by a public official and to take appropriate legal action.

Sumerta said that in the numerous dog shows held by PERKIN each year there has never been a single known case of rabies contamination. In fact, every dog participating in a show is required to possess a detailed health record.

Earlier the Head of Quarantine for Bali, Diarmita, told the press that one of the ways to prevent rabies contagion in Bali was to outlaw dog shows, saying "there's more damage (in dog shows) than there is good use in such events."

Diarmita contends that there is a substantial potential for the spread of rabies among dogs participating in dogs shows, particularly spreading from imported breeds to local Balinese dogs.

Bali is considered a "rabies free" island with strict rules limiting the import of private pets and livestock.