Mass vaccination drive for stray dogs mooted

GEORGE TOWN - A mass vaccination campaign for stray dogs may be on the way after a fruitful meeting between the Veterinary Services Department and Worldwide Veterinary Services.

Stop Killing, Start Vaccinating public relations and communications manager Joel Gurprit Singh said the department had shown keen interest in engaging with WVS to lead the "Mission Rabies Malaysia" mass vaccination campaign.

WVS chief executive officer Dr Luke Gamble met veterinary director-general Dr Kamarudin Mohd Isa on Wednesday in Putrajaya to discuss the campaign.

"The campaign will ensure that 70 per cent of stray dogs in Penang would be vaccinated by the end of March next year," said Joel, adding that the long-term goal was to strengthen the northern region as an immune buffer zone.

He said that Stop Killing Start Vaccinating regretted that the department had yet to indicate interest in stopping the culling of strays, although research and evidence available had shown that rabies transmission was not dependent on population density.