Praise Humane Action to Reduce Stray Dog Population

Bhutan Dog

Target: CEO Andrew Rowan

Goal: Praise Humane Society International for addressing stray dog problem by training local vets to neuter dogs

In the Kingdom of Bhutan, tourists and citizens are very likely to encounter packs of stray dogs. These dogs are rarely kept as pets, but continue to coexist with humans in their own social groups. However, because of urban developments, their numbers are growing out of control. It is thanks to the Humane Society International that these dogs’ numbers are being controlled in a humane way.

Many Bhutanese people are farmers who rely on the dogs for their living. The dogs will warn the citizens of strangers, and they keep the wild animals away from their crops. Farmers came to value these dogs and their population never went out of control because so few dogs made it into adulthood. But because Bhutan is becoming more developed, these dogs are finding ways to survive through the black markets. Like many Buddhist countries, Bhutan sometimes bans the sale of meat, allowing black markets to emerge. When these meat vendors don’t dispose of their products properly, these dogs will find their way into trash and eat the discarded flesh.

The rise in dog population is also upsetting high-end tourists who are required by law to spend at least $240 a day during their visit to Bhutan. Tourists began to complain of dogs howling and barking while they were trying to sleep. They were also intimidated by the large packs of dogs roaming the streets, and some have reported cases of dogs biting. The region suffers from lack of vets to neuter the dogs. Vets and dog catchers were imported from India by the Humane Society International and the group also established a training program to help Bhutanese vets neuter dogs. The program has treated 50,000 dogs, which has brought the population down significantly. The Humane Society is also encouraging citizens to bring dogs into clinics that need to be neutered so a controlled population can be maintained.

Undoubtedly animal advocates remember the culling of dogs during the Sochi Olympics, where the same problem arose. It is heart warming to know that organizations will find a solution that is both moral and ethical. Praise Humane Society International for its humane solution to this population problem by signing this petition.


Dear Andrew Rowan,

I am writing to praise the Humane Society International for its efforts in curbing the rising dog population in Bhutan. I am deeply grateful that your organization approached this problem ethically. With Russia having confronted this problem by killing and poisoning dogs, I am relieved that there are still humans fighting for humane treatment of our animals.

Please continue with your wonderful work in saving our wildlife. Our animals deserve to be treated with as much respect and dignity as humans do.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. randy lee says:

    I hope more countries follow suit.

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