June 11, 2014
Recife Urged to Stop Removal of Street Dogs for World Cup
In light of complaints about the suggested removal of street dogs in preparation for the World Cup, and the unknown fate of those dogs, Humane Society International is urging the mayor’s office in Recife, Brazil, to stop this plan and instead put in place a humane street dog management program.
In a letter written to Recife’s Mayor, Gerardo Julio, HSI encourages street dog populations to be humanely and effectively managed through sterilization and vaccination.
Alexandra Rothlisberger, senior program manager for HSI Latin America, said “The removal of dogs does not solve the issue of overpopulation and should certainly not be considered as a means of animal control leading up to the World Cup in the host cities of Brazil. Removal or “eradication” programs implemented by host cities lead to dire consequences for street dogs. Long-term sterilization and vaccination are the only street dog management methods that effectively address the issue.
HSI is working with and supporting the efforts and campaigns of local organizations in Brazil, including no-cost sterilization and vaccination services to individuals caring for street dogs, known in Brazil as community dogs.
For more information about our global street dog work, visit hsi.org/streetdogs.
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