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Ganging Up on Rabies in Bali

WSPA Joins Forces for with Bali to Eradicate Rabies Before 2012.

(9/25/2010) The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have targeted Bali as a pilot project site in the global effort to eradicate rabies. To achieve this, the WSPA is working together with the provincial government of Bali to vaccinate 70% of the island's dog population.

The person managing the campaign on behalf of the WSPA, Vinod Ravindranatha, told Beritabali.com on September 21, 2010, that the animal welfare group has agreed with Bali's government to vaccinate 400,000 dogs in Bali over the coming 6 months. The eventual goal is to restore Bali's "rabies free" status by 2012.

Vinod underlined that the efforts to control and eradicate rabies in Bali will be made effective through strong control of the animal trade. By making it difficult to bring pet animals in and out of Bali an example is set that can be emulated around the world, explained Ravindranatha.

In addition to assisting in vaccination efforts the WSPA is also providing equipment and training programs to the provincial government of Bali.

Bali's governor Made Mangku Pastika has admitted that the toughest obstacle in overcoming the current rabies outbreak in Bali is the large population of dogs on the island, estimated at 500,000 animals, half of which are semi-feral.

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