Sri Lanka Prepares to Kill 3 Million Stray Dogs

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Frustrated by failed policies that have allowed the country’s stray population to swell, Sri Lanka’s government has lifted a moratorium on the killing of stray dogs.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told the Swarnavahini TV network that the government has decided that a mass cull was the most effective way to put a stop to the estimated 2,000 bite injuries occurring in Sri Lanka every day and costing the government over $13 million each year.

“Clearly our new policy has failed…,” Sirisena told the network. “As a government, we have decided to go back to the previous practice.”

A 2006 presidential order had made the killing of strays illegal, but Sirisena said that despite the good intentions of animal welfare groups who pushed for the change, those protections backfired on the people of Sri Lanka. With over three million strays wandering an island of 20 million human inhabitants, clashes are frequent and costly, and Sri Lankan officials are fed up.

Animal rights activists alarmed by the announcement claim that previous sterilization efforts failed as a result of of corruption and mismanagement by officials, and many are preparing for protests and petition campaigns in an effort to prevent what they see as a mass murder spree.

“We want the government to reconsider this decision and ensure a humane treatment of these animals,” said Satva Mithra animal rights group member Sagarika Rajakarunanayake.

A health ministry official confirmed that the government is considering a sanctuary for stray dogs in the northern region of Sri Lanka, but activists say it would be impossible to care for millions of dogs, and stress that sterilization is the best policy for long term population control.

7 thoughts on “Sri Lanka Prepares to Kill 3 Million Stray Dogs”

  1. Shame on Sri Lanka‚Äôs government and it’s people for not using proactive methods such as spay and neuter.

    The innocent animals once again will pay the high price for human ignorance with their lives.

    Shame!

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    • And what exactly do you expect them to do with all of them? You do know this is a Third World Country don’t you? You do understand that a Country such as the United States cannot even control its own population of stray animals and offers NO support to State and or Local Government Shelters or Animal Agencies. How in the world do you expect a Third World Country such as Sri Lanka to control its population when 99.9% of its people are starving? What is more fair and humane to have the animals put to rest peacefully or have them starve to death, die of disease, be killed by poachers for meat for God knows where, sent to Fighting rings in nearby Asian and African Nations or have them catch Rabies and other diseases and start an epidemic among other animals and innocent people? Now honestly what is more humane????? Think about it.

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  2. Please somebody do something for these poor innocent animals! This is horrible! I totally agree with Ponygirl. The ignorance of the people cause the animals to be the ones to suffer. Please stop this mass murder!!

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    • Same to you:

      And what exactly do you expect them to do with all of them? You do know this is a Third World Country don’t you? You do understand that a Country such as the United States cannot even control its own population of stray animals and offers NO support to State and or Local Government Shelters or Animal Agencies. How in the world do you expect a Third World Country such as Sri Lanka to control its population when 99.9% of its people are starving? What is more fair and humane to have the animals put to rest peacefully or have them starve to death, die of disease, be killed by poachers for meat for God knows where, sent to Fighting rings in nearby Asian and African Nations or have them catch Rabies and other diseases and start an epidemic among other animals and innocent people? Now honestly what is more humane????? Think about it.

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      • Its a horrible situation alright. Thank you for being very rational about such a emotional issue. I know as a well fed American that my views are very different than the reality on the ground there. So sad.

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  3. This is horrible!!!!!!!!! at least give the dogs a chance by taking them to a pound and having people adapt them!!! at least they’ll have homes that way!!!! This is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. I wish we could do something but don’t live in Sri Lanka

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  4. the main issue is sleeping animal activist (do they have a plan ?) on Harboring the issue, DOG can be primary Security control activation, USE them for state security (Dogs are good as spy camera) no payments just food. cadges them required stations, give left over food of all restaurants, MAN do something USE UR brain.

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