Trap Neuter Release (TNR) in Hong Kong
Do you have a stray dog problem in your area? Do you often come across dogs that are a nuisance to you and your family? You might be relieved to see AFCD take the dogs away, but in fact, this does not solve the problem in the long run - it only makes it worse when more dogs come in to fill its place. Read on to find out more...
Currently, Hong Kong deals with the street dog problem by catching and killing more than 10,000 dogs per year. This is done with HK$30 million tax payer’s dollars every year (based on 2009 AFCD report), often inhumanely and causing suffering to the animal, and does little to actually reduce the street dog population as other dogs come in to replace the captured ones very soon. They fight for resources and reproduce quickly.
One street dog bitch in her lifetime can produce up to 8 puppies a year. If she is lucky to live 5 years, she could have produced more than 40 more street dogs. If you have 500 bitches on the street, in five years they produce 20,000 puppies... and it goes on.
In other words, the method of “catch and kill” is ineffective.
“There is no evidence that the removal of dogs alone has ever had a significant impact on dog population densities…even the highest recorded removal rates (about 15% of the dog population) are easily compensated by increased survival rates."
-World Health Organisation, Consultation on Rabies, Geneva, 2004.
TNR is accepted as the effective way to reduce stray animal populations in many countries around the world including USA, India, European countries, etc. It means capturing the animal, desexed so they can no longer reproduce, treated for diseases and vaccinated against rabies, tagged with identification, and put back where they were found.
Case study: San Francisco, California
In 1993, the SPCA San Francisco and San Francisco Animal Control implemented a city-wide TNR programme. After six years, the number of cats taken into shelters dropped by 28% and euthanasia rates for all cats dropped by 70%.
Case study: Bali, Indonesia
Populations of dogs in targeted villages were reduced by over half when 75% of dogs were sterilized.
Dogs that have undergone TNR are healthier, less aggressive, and naturally have short life spans of just a few years. Over time, the stray dog population is reduced with no harm to either dogs or residents.
-dogs that are healthy and cannot transmit diseases
-less aggressive males, therefore less fights between animals and less aggression to people
-stable and eventually reduced number of stray dogs in the area
What you can do: write to AFCD to show your support of TNR in Hong Kong today!