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It is important to control the dog population without causing unnecessary or avoidable animal suffering. Stray dogs are not only seen as a nuisance, but also as a safety hazard. Veterinary services play a lead role in preventing diseases and ensuring animal welfare and are involved in dog population control, coordinating their activities with other competent public institutions and agencies. Local animal control organizations, such as the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society in the Baton Rouge area, have been trying several different methods to control the stray dog population in residential Baton Rouge. ” (p.27) When animal shelters take in a dog they found astray, they typically give the owners one week to try to reclaim their pet before adopting it out, because it is often hard to determine whether or not the dog that was taken in was homeless or not if it was not wearing a collar. Most organizations for controlling the stray dog population result in euthanizing several hundred or even thousand dogs a year, but is that really necessary? Spaying or neutering the stray dog population is far more humane than putting it to death. But on the contrary, researchers such as Rahul Sehgal claim that spaying or neutering is almost pointless. But is that true considering euthanization is nearly the same concept? Rahul Sehgal, a researcher mentioned in the article “Slum Dogs” states that “It does no good to swoop in with a crew of vets and techs and spay every dog you can get your hands on and then leave. Even though it makes us feel great to spay or neuter a couple hundred dogs, it doesn’t take long to wipe out the progress you’ve made.” However, in the last few years, new methods for population control have been established. When Rahul Sehgal traveled to the Philippines last year, his original purpose was to teach animal shelter workers a better way of killing dogs removed from city streets—by helping them replace electrocution methods with lethal injection. But in a country with an estimated 10 million stray dogs, Sehgal knew a more radical approach was needed. He states in the article “Slum Dogs that “I told them that while humane euthanasia was a worthy goal, it would be an endless process. All they’d be doing is killing a lot more animals but doing it more humanely.” But isn’t that the point? To create a way to control the population in a humane manner is necessary and euthanasia is the only socially acceptable, to an extent, and painless method we have today. The hard part about controlling the population is when to decide that it is really necessary to euthanize rather than just spay or neuter. The importance in keeping a leash on the
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