Presentation on theme: "OIE GUIDELINES ON HUMANE METHODS FOR THE CONTROL OF STRAY DOG POPULATIONS Dr Sarah Kahn Director International Trade Department Towards the Elimination."— Presentation transcript:
OIE GUIDELINES ON HUMANE METHODS FOR THE CONTROL OF STRAY DOG POPULATIONS Dr Sarah Kahn Director International Trade Department Towards the Elimination of Rabies in Eurasia (joint OIE/WHO/EU International Conference) Paris (France), 27-30 May 2007
OIE Questionnaire to Member Countries Background and membership of OIE ad hoc Group on dog population control First Draft Report of the AHG CONTENTS
Questionnaire To collect information relevant to the assessment of existing dog population control programs. To identify topics for further studies and strategic plans that may require funding by national governments and donors. Sent to OIE Member Countries in Nov 2006 81 replies, analysed by OIE Collaborating Centre on Animal Welfare, Terramo
Background ad hoc Group (AHG) met twice and produced a first draft report in 2006. Chairman: Dr. Sira Abdul Rahman Ret. Dean, Bangalore Veterinary College India Dr. Edgardo Raúl Marcos, Luis Pasteur Zoonosis Institute – Argentina Dr. Cathleen A. Hanlon, Centers for Disease Control - USA Dr. Ahmed Benelmouffok, Veterinary Service Direction – Algerie Dr. Paolo Dalla Villa, IZSA&M OIE Collaborating Centre - Italy Dr. Alexander Wandeler, Center of Expertise of Rabies CFIA -Canada. Dr. Elly Hiby, Companion Animals Director WSPA - UK
Background Relevant information may be found in Terrestrial Code Section 3.7. The AHG identified some additional key principles that are relevant to the management of dog populations
General principles Promotion of responsible ownership In some situations, to protect human health it is unavoidable to kill free-ranging dogs. This should be done as humanely as possible. Killing dogs should be accompanied by other control measures and public education in order to achieve long -term objectives.
General principles Sub-national jurisdictions are often responsible for dog control programs. NGOs play a key role in some countries. Involvement of veterinarians and of official Veterinary Services working in collaboration with public health authorities is needed to realise long term goals.
Next steps First draft report presented to MC for comment in 2007 Further discussion within the ad hoc Group is planned in the second semester of 2007 Draft Guidelines to be presented for comment at the General Session in 2008 Adoption in 2009 ??
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