Bhutan has set a record as the first country in the world to vaccinate 100% of stray dogs.
In an event recently organized in the capital of Bhutan, the country’s Prime Minister Dr. Lotte Schering chronicles this achievement.
According to the country’s official data, more than 150,000 stray dogs and 32,000 pet dogs have been vaccinated. The global animal charity ‘Humane Society International’ has cooperated with the domestic organization in this regard.
According to statistics, there are about 300 million stray dogs in the Asian continent. Most of them are suffering from various diseases. Many people die from infected dog bites.
According to the World Health Organization, about 59,000 people die every year from dog bites. Most of the deaths are caused by the rabies virus, which is spread mainly through dog bites.
Moreover, due to lack of vaccination, the birth rate of dogs is gradually going out of control.
Bhutan became aware of stray dogs in 2009. They invited the Humane Society International. In the beginning, the activities were conducted on a small scale, but gradually it spread throughout the country. In this program, the international organization has provided high level training to more than 32 Bhutanese citizens and organized various programs to raise awareness among the people.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan congratulated all those who had contributed to the project and termed the initiative as an achievement of the whole world. He said, ‘This would not have been possible without proper guidance and people’s cooperation. Although it started on a small scale, but this effort will contribute to the development of the country.
A spokesperson for Humane Society International said, ‘We have never seen such enthusiastic management and cooperation as the Bhutanese government.’
Kiran Nazareth, Senior Director, Animals and Engagement, India, congratulated the Bhutanese people on this unprecedented success of Bhutan. He said, ‘The government has taken care of the work with responsibility from the beginning. The outside world can also start this process by taking inspiration from Bhutan. Bhutan has shown that nothing is impossible with focus and goodwill.’