She may make viewers’ blood run cold as vampire Pam De Bauefort on the HBO series True Blood, but the news that actress Kristin Bauer van Straten has joined WSPA’s efforts to protect dogs across the globe against cruelty and rabies has warmed the hearts of animal lovers.
Following in the footsteps of chart-topping champion for animals Leona Lewis, who launched the Collars Not Cruelty campaign on World Rabies Day in September, the actress is using her star wattage to shine a spotlight on a way to save many of the almost 20 million street dogs (38 each minute) who are killed every year in high risk areas in an attempt to control rabies.
“I was absolutely shocked when I heard that governments around the world are resorting to poisoning, shooting or gassing dogs as a way to try and prevent the spread of rabies,” said Bauer. “It’s so important to spread the word about WSPA’s effective and humane alternative solution –mass vaccination– so that this horrible cruelty ends.”
“We must continue to demand collars, not cruelty, in the fight against rabies,” added Bauer, who posed with her Labrador Retriever Ozmand to promote the campaign.
Since the start of the Collars Not Cruelty campaign, a project in Bangladesh to implement vaccinations on a large scale in Cox’s Bazar has been completed, not only saving thousands of dogs in its first year alone but also encouraging a nation-wide campaign in the process.
As with previous WSPA-led rabies control projects in Bali and Sri Lanka, vaccinated dogs will wear red collars to reassure communities that they are safe from the disease.
Friends of Fidos can help to inform others about the Collars Not Cruelty campaign by taking part in the WSPA’s first-ever global virtual dog march on January 24, 2012, when 100,000 dogs will be ‘let loose’ across the internet. People worldwide are encouraged to participate today by collaring one of the 100,000 virtual dogs that will ‘walk’ in the event.
For more information regarding the Collars Not Cruelty campaign:
- visit www.wspa-usa.org
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