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04 March 2013

One Health in action in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan dog population and rabies management show One Health in action. For 17 years, the government of Sri Lanka adopted a policy of mass slaughter (‘elimination’) as a means of controlling the stray dog population with the objective of curtailing outbreaks of rabies in humans in Colombo. The policy failed to achieve its objective while severely compromising the welfare of stray dogs in the city.
Author/Organization: World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)
Year: 2012
Where: Sri Lanka
Topics: animal health, disease control, dog population management, public health, stray dogs