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Humane Dog Management: Can you save everything? - David Bowles, RSPCA


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David Bowles of the RSPCA and the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM) on population control.

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Humane Dog Management: Can you save everything? - David Bowles, RSPCA

  1. 1. Humane dog management: can you save everything?
  2. 2. The emotional pull of dogs <ul><li>This is what gets us started </li></ul>
  3. 3. The emotional pull of dogs <ul><li>This is where we want to be </li></ul>
  4. 4. The emotional pull of dogs <ul><li>But we can end up in the wrong place </li></ul>
  5. 5. An overview of the problem Poor and not improving Good Improving
  6. 6. Trends in stray dogs in 30 European countries 2002-7
  7. 7. What to do about the present stray dog population? <ul><li>Humane capture, collection and keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Shelters or release on the streets? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Problems <ul><li>Lack of objective data </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of harmonised legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is an expert </li></ul><ul><li>Not important for government </li></ul><ul><li>We are not social animals </li></ul>
  9. 9. Understand the problem <ul><li>Understand your limits </li></ul><ul><li>Understand your partners </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the dog issue: numbers, origin, context </li></ul>
  10. 10. Factors influencing dog population management <ul><li>Human attitudes especially neutering </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the dogs coming from - they are not breeding! </li></ul><ul><li>So tackle the source - is neutering best? </li></ul>
  11. 11. DATA COLLECTION AND ASSESSMENT How many roaming dogs are there? Where are they coming from? What welfare issues do they face? What problems are they causing? What is currently being done? Who are the stakeholders?
  12. 12. How many dogs do you have to neuter?
  13. 13. Good news <ul><li>87% of countries have legislation </li></ul><ul><li>70% of countries prohibit abandonment </li></ul><ul><li>50% restrict selling and breeding of dogs </li></ul><ul><li>there are global standards on humane dog control </li></ul>
  14. 14. Two approaches <ul><li>No kill: Catch Neuter release </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages: No kill </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages: doesn’t stop the problem, still have noise, pollution; abandonement is illegal in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Allow euthanasia </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter and adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages: teaches RPO, takes animals off the streets </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages: adoption not known; overcrowding, poor euthanasia and standards </li></ul>
  15. 15. How you can help <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Registration, identification </li></ul><ul><li>Sterilisation </li></ul><ul><li>Holding facilities/ </li></ul><ul><li>Rehoming centres </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanasia </li></ul><ul><li>Vaccination, treatment </li></ul>
  16. 16. How organisations can help <ul><li>Animal welfare organisations are working on the ground so have experience and data </li></ul><ul><li>Local authorities need to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinarians need to neuter and chip </li></ul>
  17. 17. How organisations can help <ul><li>Advice - standards </li></ul><ul><li>training catchers </li></ul><ul><li>applying OIE standards </li></ul>
  18. 18. Solutions <ul><li>Assess problem: good data </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation and enforce legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Set standards: train catchers, shelter personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Set up stakeholder committee </li></ul><ul><li>Undertake responsible pet ownership work </li></ul>
  19. 19. Solutions 2 Responsible pet ownership <ul><li>Reduce supply of dogs: dog breeding, pet selling </li></ul><ul><li>Abandonement made illegal </li></ul><ul><li>Educate: standards on keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Registration and identification </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage neutering: work with vets </li></ul>
  20. 20. Future <ul><li>OIE standards agreed Europe and Asia have plan to implement them </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure to do humane methods will increase </li></ul><ul><li>Abandoning animals will no longer be tolerated </li></ul><ul><li>Public will become more educated </li></ul><ul><li>Ngos become more relevant </li></ul>
  21. 21. Thank you International Companion Animal Management