Saturday, September 19, 2015


It is very sad to see that there are a large number of people that are unaware of the concerted efforts that have been taken by animal welfare organisations as well as individuals to trap, vaccinate, spay and neuter, and rehome (as far as possible) or otherwise release these dogs to areas with designated feeders and carers.

Most of us use our own resources for this with no funding from the authorities because the authorities do not want to invest in long term, sustainable solutions to the stray management issue. Because if they did, then there would be no more strays for them to catch, and therefore there would be no more dog catching contractors and therefore no more money to be made.

Please bear in mind that the councils all over the country have been catching and killing dogs barbarically for years, and yet the stray population is rampant. I shall not go into the details of why it doesn't work in this thread but clearly this shows that catching and killing does not work to reduce the stray population at all.

This culling spree will do nothing to eradicate rabies. Mission rabies have been actively vaccinating dogs across the world to stop the spread of the disease.

There is alot of information on this on the Mission Rabies website, among many other websites, on how to stop rabies spreading.

Mission Rabies ( collaborates with many rescues centres, shelters and animal welfare organisations across the world, one of which is The Mayhew Animal Home in the UK, where I used to volunteer for 2 years previously. And during my time there, I have learnt many things, and one of which is disease control and stray population control, where it was very clear that mass cullings or even systematic culling will not resolve these issues.

"Killing dogs has been scientifically proven to have no effect on rabies transmission or overall population, since new dogs quickly move into the area where killing has taken place to take advantage of the increased food resources and territory. This mixing of new dogs may even increase the risk of rabies due to fighting over territory and mates.

By vaccinating at least 70% of a stable population of dogs in the local area, they act as a barrier to disease transmission and stop rabies in its tracks, this protecting the people in that area from the disease. A healthy, vaccinated street dog population is the best protection for people from rabies." - Mission Rabies

Additionally, instead of spreading fear, people should be made aware of two very important facts (source WHO -, so that they are aware of what to do should they get bitten by a rabid animal.

1. Immediate wound cleansing with soap and water after contact with a suspect rabid animal can be life-saving.
2. Every year, more than 15 million people worldwide receive a post-bite vaccination to prevent the disease; this is estimated to prevent hundreds of thousands of rabies deaths annually.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Edited: This is the version which I have emailed to CM Lim Guan Eng​

Perhaps if each one of us could write him an email as well as post on his Facebook page, we can make a difference.

Email address:
Facebook page of MBPP:


Dear Mr Lim Guan Eng,

I understand that you are concerned about the spread of rabies in Penang, but I do hope that you will re-consider your call to destroy all stray dogs as this method has been proven time and again to be ineffective in curbing the spread of disease as you will not be able to catch all dogs that could be carrying the disease.

I would also like to ask if it has been confirmed that the rabies cases reported were in fact due to dog bites? Rabies is spread by many other animals including dogs and cats, and in particular wildlife such as bats.

Having worked for the The Mayhew Animal Home in the UK for 2 years and having been heavily involved in animal welfare and rescue work in Malaysia for many years, I am can assure you that mass culling of animals usually does little if not nothing to control to spread of the diseases.

In fact International Organisations such as WHO have promoted mass vaccinations of dogs when dealing with rabies outbreaks.

This method has proven to be more successful than culling and at the same time will provide long term immunity which will help eradicate the disease in the long run.

Additionally, I am not sure if you are aware but the dog catchers that have been employed by all councils in Malaysia use very cruel and inhumane methods to catch and kill the strays.

I sincerely hope that you will consider a more humane and sustainable method to curb the spread of this disease rather than ordering the mass culling of strays.


Natasha Fernz
Animal Welfare Advocate