Target: Mayor of San Pedro, Daniel Guerrero
Goal: Urge San Pedro to stop poisoning dogs to death.
In an effort to eradicate its overpopulation of stray dogs, San Pedro, Belize is poisoning them to death with strychnine. Disguised in meatballs along the streets, strychnine capsules kill the animals in anywhere from 10 minutes to hours, depending on the size, species, and amount of poison ingested. Although Mayor Daniel Guerrero says this is the town’s only option, the SAGA Humane Society has offered its services to humanely euthanize dogs that are not adopted or causing problems. Please sign this petition and urge Mayor Guerrero to stop poisoning dogs and use the SAGA Humane Society to contain the surplus.
San Pedro is located on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. An increased number of stray dogs are relieving themselves on beaches and getting into garbage, leading to health concerns in the tourist town. As a solution to the problem, the Health Department used the poison strychnine to kill off 180 dogs. Fortunately, due to unexpected rain, only 31 capsules were used on the night of July 9th and the rest have not gone out. According to an article by The San Pedro Sun News, “The Dogs Act Chapter 153 of the Laws Belize revised edition of 2000 allows the authority of ‘any city or town’ to ‘place poison in any street or place of public resort in such city or town for the purpose of poisoning any dog which is at large therein.’” Even though poisoning the dogs is not against the law, there is a more humane option offered by the SAGA Humane Society located on the island.
Chairman of the SAGA Humane Society, Bill Milstead, has offered the agency’s services to collect the dogs, put them up for adoption, and humanely euthanize those that cannot find a suitable home. Milstead believes the cost would be comparable to the poison without the harsh and abrupt end of life. Although there have been meetings among town council members regarding the stray dogs, Milstead says he was unaware the problem had come to such heights.
Please sign this petition and urge Mayor Guerrero to make use of the SAGA Humane Society rather than poisoning dogs to death.
Dear Mayor Guerrero,
The recent strychnine poisoning of 31 dogs in your town is a cruel and inhumane answer to the overpopulation of stray dogs. Strychnine can take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours to fully kill a dog depending on the size, species, and amount of poison ingested. Although this solution is legal and has been suggested by the Health Department, there is a better and more humane alternative through the SAGA Humane Society.
According to an article in The San Pedro Sun News, the SAGA Humane Society is offering an eradication program that does not poison the dogs. Through less painful and more humane euthanasia procedures, dogs can be put down after they have a chance at life through adoption. The SAGA Humane Society has resources available to collect the stray dogs, determine their usefulness in domestication, search for an adoptive home, and, if need be, euthanize dogs humanely.
Please make use of this local resource and work with the SAGA Humane Society to eradicate the overpopulation of dogs before poisoning any more.
[Your Name Here]
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