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This Dog Don't Hunt and Doesn't Read

Bali Has Unenforced Laws Controlling the Movement of Dogs Between Regencies.

(10/30/2010) Beritabali.com reports that research carried out by the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Bali's Udayana University blames the ineffectiveness of efforts to overcome the current rabies epidemic on the week control that allows the free movement of dogs between the various regencies and metropolitan areas of the island.

Researchers point to the rapid spread to all the regencies of Bali after its initial discovery and limitation to Denpasar and Badung, in Bali's south.

A rabies researcher from Udayana's Veterinary Faculty, Prof. Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Mahardika, at a meeting marking "World Rabies Day" on Friday, October 29, 2010, said that regulations forbidding the trafficking of dogs between regencies already existed, but there is absolutely no implementation or enforcement in the field.

"No one is guarding the transportation of dogs. If there is a regulation; dogs are unable to read," Dr. Mahardika lamented.

Mahardika said that efforts to date to inhibit the movement of dogs between regencies in Bali has been limited to public suggestions, banners and posters all put before the public without any degree of socialization.

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