I’m sad and shocked that I feel the need to write about this…. I love Bali street dogs, they have such amazing personalities. They have to fight everyday for survival, find food and water, there’s no love and warmth in their life. They are so badly treated but yet they can have such an amazing affect on your life. Some people call them Bali heritage dogs and lots of expats here love them.
When I read an article in our local Bali paper where Bali’s Governor said everyone should start killing street dogs, I couldn't believe it! This is what the article said……….
"Clearly, Bali’s Governor is fed up with the continuing problem of rabies and untended dogs.Defending his no-nonsense stance on eliminating Bali’s free-ranging canine population, Pastika said on Saturday, January 31, 2015: “I have been protested against by angry people from animal welfare association, asking why Bali’s Governor is ordering the elimination of dogs? My response is that Bali has 500,000 dogs and a human population of 4 million. That’s one-eighth or one dog for every eight human beings. Just imagine how difficult it is to care for (so many dogs).”
Pastika said that the Government of the Province of Bali has tried its best to control rabies infections resulting from attacks by free-roaming dogs.
Frustrated and eager to end the epidemic of rabies, Governor Pastika has finally decided that free-roaming wild dogs must be exterminated.
“There’s so much rabies. Our money has been depleted just to purchase rabies vaccine (VAR). Please help. If you see a free-roaming feral dog just kill it – eliminate it! Don’t allow them to roam spreading disease. This is dangerous and frightens people. I think the public must guard together,” said Pastika.
Perhaps responding to critics from Australia, Pastika compared the situation of dogs in Bali and Australia. He said that in Australia dogs get special care and are guaranteed a healthy diet, a healthy environment and obtain routine care that includes vaccination. Adding, “But in Bali, many (dogs) receive no care, roam freely and live in a mangy condition.”
Then this article (linked below) was put in the International New York Times on the front page about a Bali street dog being based with a brick and when that didn’t kill her they tried to drown her.
I don’t know what I can do as an Aussie teen living in Bali but if anyone reads this and loves dogs and can help please let me know and also contact BAWA. http://bawabali.com/ Bawa are giving Bali street dogs rabies injections and also trying to get villages to adopt the local street dogs so they become a part of their life. I think this is a really good thing to do for everyone.