Ending Inhumane Dog culling with Dog Lives Matter
With Dog Lives Matter we have moved governments worldwide to end the inhumane culling of millions of dogs each year. Because, mass dog vaccination is the only proven solution to rabies.
Ending dog culling
Culling dogs is not the solution to rabies – the only way to eliminate the virus is through vaccination. Vaccinating at least 70% of the dogs in an area creates ‘herd immunity’, slowing the spread of rabies until it dies out. So we work with governments to develop vaccination plans that involve local communities and address the specific problems people face.
Millions of dogs are culled each year – in fruitless efforts to stop rabies spreading. Through our work to stop dogs suffering, we:
- Move governments to vaccinate dogs and stop dog culling
- Organize training to help people understand that dog culling can’t end rabies
- Demonstrate that vaccinations aren’t only humane – they work.
Who abuses animals?
Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries and media reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas.
- Intentional cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people.
- Hoarding behavior often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more than they are able to adequately take care of. Serious animal neglect (such as hoarding) is often an indicator of people in need of social or mental health services.
- Surveys suggest that those who intentionally abuse animals are predominantly men under 30, while those involved in animal hoarding are more likely to be women over 60.
Most common victims
The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, horses and livestock. Based on the 1,423 U.S. cruelty cases on pet-abuse.com’s 2011 digest in which species of the victim was specified:
- 70.1% involved dogs.
- 20.9% involved cats.
- 24.1% involved other animals.