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Sri Lanka’s Stray Dog Situation ‒ How Should It Be Dealt With?

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Ria Rameez

Ria Rameez

Staff Writer

The Government recently announced its decision to create a new policy regarding Sri Lanka’s stray dogs, and Animal Welfare Organisations (AWOs) and animal lovers are not too happy about this for many reasons.

Last week we brought you a breakdown of the country’s current street dog situation, covering how it has been dealt with, some of its contributory factors, as well as local AWOs’ stance on the issue. Many questions seem to have arisen regarding the Government’s sudden decision to roll out a new policy. With the current CNVR system producing such viable results, what could a reassessment of the situation possibly hope to achieve? Wouldn’t it make more sense if the Government shifted focus to the factors that are actually hindering progress, like the dumping of unwanted puppies and unregulated breeding of pedigreed dogs? What’s the best way forward, for both dogs and people? Have you ever unintentionally contributed to the problem? Take our poll to find out.

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If you have an opinion not catered to by this poll, feel free to use the comments section below.

Featured image credit: Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

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