Kenya Executes Mass Killing Of Dogs Over Rabies

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Yesterday, January 23, 2017, Kenya Veterinary officers killed 82 dogs, 2 cats and a honey badger after rabies had been detected among some animals in Yatta, Machakos.

According to the authorities, the animals were killed following the threat of rabies which is a deadly viral disease that could affect the local community.

Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories.

Dogs are the source of the vast majority of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans.

Rabies elimination is feasible by vaccinating dogs while infection causes tens of thousands of deaths every year, mostly in Asia and Africa.

Some of the residents of Yatta had complained before the mass killing but couldn’t stop the veterinary officers from doing their job.3 (1)

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