World Society for the Protection of Animals Launches National Speaking Campaign Targeting the Global Stray Dog Endemic

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The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)announces a national speaking tour given by Dr. Elly Hiby, Companion Animals Director for WSPA. The global stray dog endemic and control will be discussed. Commencing in Pasadena, California on October 18th, 2006 at the Pasadena Humane Society, the tour will cover nine cities from coast to coast.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) launches a national speaking tour to address the stray dog endemic globally. The tour will cover nine cities from New York to California, beginning in Pasadena, CA on October 18th, 2006 at the Pasadena Humane Society. Dr. Elly Hiby, WSPA Companion Animals Director, will speak on this important topic and WSPA's mission for a humane method of addressing the problem.

Shocking figures show there are an estimated 500 million stray dogs globally. Most live a life of intense suffering from starvation, dehydration and horrendous diseases such as mange, parvo, distemper and rabies.

WSPA officials visiting targeted problem areas in India, Africa, China, Latin America and North Canada have reported incidents of stoning, clubbing, drowning and poisoning the animals to reduce the sheer numbers. Government agencies of some countries have attempted to remedy the situation by electrocuting the strays or scheduling shooting days. Families are warned to keep their animals inside on these days as any dog on the street is subject to the killing if roaming free.

"What is important to consider is that these attempts at control are not through vindictiveness but misguided attempts to solve dangerous issues such as rabies, dog bites and road traffic accidents," states Dr. Hiby. "What WSPA can do is provide guidance, training and support towards a more humane and effective method of stray dog control. We work with local animal welfare groups (WSPA Member Societies), and the authorities."

Dr. Hiby will discuss this immense problem and WSPA's mission to educate, train and offer services such as vaccinations, sterilization, and injury treatments. Through education, residents learn responsible pet ownership and respect for animals, including those that are homeless, improving the status of animal welfare and human safety in these regions. WSPA urges you to attend and learn how we can put an end to cruel methods of addressing the problem of stray dogs and begin to control the problem thoughtfully.

To support this endeavor or for more information on Dr. Hiby's speaking tour, locations, dates and times visit /WSPA_events.cfm or call (800) 883 9772 x34.


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