"Around 800 million dogs (range 700 million to 1 billion) share our world, about 300 million of whom are “homeless.” These dogs have high mortality rates, especially their puppies, the majority of whom do not survive their first year of life. “Homeless” or street dogs are primarily found in human communities scavenging for food and sheltering wherever they can. They carry a heavy parasite burden, and when such a dog gets ill or is injured, it will not receive any health care."
Paws for Progress: The importance of Dog Population Management in Sustainable Development - Presented by Pankaj KC
Government leadership in population management: Case Study Zero Stray Pawject - Presented by Silja Schiller-Moumtzidis
Watch this important video on Humane Community Development: Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities (Produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare- IFAW)
The safest communities for humans are those in which animals are protected.
"Animal welfare is a complex, multifaceted, international and domestic public policy issue with scientific, ethical, economic, legal, religious and cultural dimensions plus important trade policy implications. It is a responsibility that must be shared between governments, communities, the people who own, care for and use animals, civil society, educational institutions, veterinarians, and scientists. Mutual recognition and constructive engagement among parties are necessary to achieve sustained improvements to animal welfare."
"The OIE has a long-established role in setting global standards for animal health, in the dissemination of information, in helping countries to develop state Veterinary Services, and in fostering international cooperation."
The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) helps nations by providing standards for improvement of animal health, animal welfare and veterinary public health worldwide.
The Terrestrial Animal Health Code (the Terrestrial Code) provides standards for the improvement of animal health, animal welfare and veterinary public health worldwide. Chapter 7 contains information about free-roaming dog welfare and population control.
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