Doggone Bali Where Rabies Is Prevalent

Visitors to Bali can’t miss them, mangy, scrawny dogs that look like they’ve never had a decent feed. They wander the streets and occasionally try to take a nip out of an unsuspecting passer-by.  The trouble with these dogs is that many of them are rabid.  One good bite, and you’re in a whole lot of trouble.

Fortunately the Governor of Bali is trying to do something to alleviate the dangers these dogs present to both locals and tourists.

It’s been estimated that there are about 540,000 dogs on Bali, many of which carry rabies.  Some 110,000 of these dogs have already been put down, and another 200,000 have been vaccinated.  Whilst many of the suspected rabid dogs are strays, dogs owners have been known to chase away rangers who have been trying to capture dogs to euthanize them.

Part of the reason why the Balinese government wants to rid the island of the rabid dogs is because they pose a danger to tourists, and tourism employs hundreds of thousands of locals.  They are trying to resolve the problem by issuing anti-rabies serum, which is also bought and sold on the black market.

Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika continues to try to eliminate the island’s excess dog population, and hopes to compete the destruction of all stray dogs and the immunisation of those dogs that are fortunate enough to have owners.

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