7 Aug 2016

Government Poisons Hundreds of Stray Dogs in Pakistan

Hundreds of dogs have been poisoned in Karachi, in the latest effort to curb a population of strays that attack thousands of people each year.

Last year, Karachi's Jinnah Hospital treated 6,500 people bitten by dogs and this year so far it has seen 3,700 cases, said Dr. Seemin Jamali, head of the emergency room. Bodies of dead dogs littered areas of the city where workers gathered them for disposal.

The periodic culling of dogs using poison tablets hidden in chicken meat has drawn criticism from animal rights activists in Pakistan, but an official said it was necessary because they posed a threat to residents.

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