Target: Mark Watts, President of World Society for the Protection of Animals
Goal: Support a campaign averting the needless deaths of dogs around the world
In many developing countries, mass dog killings occur every day. The brutal poisoning, strangling or electrocution of dogs is undertaken in efforts to rid communities of rabies – but this method has many times been proven ineffective at stopping the disease. In response to this tragic predicament, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has launched a global campaign that will stop dog killings and cure rabies at the same time. Support Collars Not Cruelty, the campaign that will save millions of innocent dogs while protecting impoverished communities around the world from rabies.
The idea behind Collars Not Cruelty is to replace mass dog killings with the only sustainable and effective solution to rabies: mass dog vaccination. In this tactic, WSPA workers or local animal control agencies roam around administering vaccinations to dogs, marking each vaccinated dog with a red collar. Once enough animals in any affected area are immune, the disease has nowhere to go and dies out with the last infected animals.
This method has already saved the lives of many people and dogs on the Indonesian island of Bali. Following a rabies outbreak in 2009, tens of thousands of dogs were poisoned in fear of the disease. Little progress in controlling the outbreak was made until WSPA teamed up with local authorities to launch a mass vaccination campaign. In less than one year, the campaign vaccinated 210,000 dogs,halved human rabies deaths, and reduced dog rabies cases by over 45 per cent.
The victory in Bali is just the beginning for Collars Not Cruelty. Already having launched a mass vaccination project in Bangladesh, WSPA also signed an agreement guaranteed to save at least 500,000 dogs in China over the next four years. WSPA has global goals for its campaign, but it needs as much encouragement and support as it can get to achieve them. Sign this petition and support the WSPA’s Collars Not Cruelty initiative in saving the lives of innocent dogs around the world.
Dear President Mark Watts,
In many developing countries, fear and misinformation surrounding the rabies disease has resulted in mass culling of innocent dogs. In efforts to control rabies, animal control workers often poison, strangle, or electrocute dogs on sight. This problem is the reason WSPA’s Collars Not Cruelty campaign is vitally important. Your organization is doing amazing work in this program, work that must be promulgated throughout the world.
As our planet gets more and more crowded, diseases have better opportunities to spread, and people have less opportunity to learn how control them. Collars Not Cruelty is ingenious in that it cures a disease, saves the lives of innumerable dogs, and educates people on the best ways to deal with viral outbreaks. I have written this letter to show my full-hearted support of Collars Not Cruelty, and to encourage you to broaden the program. I thank you for your leadership at WSPA, and urge you to extend the Collars Not Cruelty campaign to as many developing countries as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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