Large numbers of stray or unwanted dogs are a common situation in much of the world. Some manage OK, are fed regularly and get along well with people. Others are treated like a plague. Whatever the case, homeless dogs are invariably the ultimate result of human negligence and cruelty. So what’s the solution – to “euthanize” them, sterilize and/or try to give them stable homes, or just leave them be?
In Taiwan, the government’s practice of killing stray dogs has resulted in emotional protests by animal rights activists. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Agriculture, authorities killed 100,000 stray animals, most of whom were abandoned pets.
The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had this to say about the mass canine killings (from AFP):
The existing law is essentially an order to kill stray animals… We demand that it be amended as it’s not the animals’ fault that they have become strays, but even so they are being punished by death.
Things are no better for “thoroughbred” racing dogs in Asia. Greyhounds live short, cruel lives, are often given performance enhancing drugs and are put down if they don’t perform well in races. To top it off, some greyhound boarding houses would rather kill their non-winning dogs than find homes for them.
Such is the case in Macau. From a Care2 article:
A few owners who race their dogs are compassionate enough to want the animals adopted rather than killed. But a greyhound boarding facility in Macau is refusing owners’ requests to adopt retired dogs out and insisting on killing them instead, according to the advocacy group Anima.
In India, where stray dogs are endemic, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have launched a campaign, replete with Bollywood starlet Sunny Leone, to encourage people to adopt homeless dogs and to spay or neuter their pet dogs.
Read more about that story and see the PETA advertisement on Asian Image.
Hey, if a group of sperm whales can adopt a deformed dolphin like they did recently off the coast of the Azores, human beings can stand up and take care of the dogs they bought or adopted themselves instead of throwing them into the street when they get bored or it becomes too inconvenient to look after them.