Tuesday, 16 August 2011
the dogs in Bali
When visiting Bali one must always be extra careful with any animals, in particular any dog wandering around. There are many dogs privately owned, but with the major outbreak of rabies it is wise to keep well away from all the dogs.
The death toll from an outbreak of rabies in Bali is continuing to rise, with authorities in Indonesia confirming there are no longer any areas that are free from the disease.
At least five people have died in Bali from rabies so far this year, taking the official total to 119 since an outbreak was declared in November 2008.
However, it is possible the number could be higher because of a lack of proper reporting of fatalities associated with the disease.
The following images were taken of some dogs running around the beach where we went to watch the sunset, all of these dogs were with their owners and were well loved and cared for. But rabies can spread very quickly and it is still wise not to make contact with any of them.
these two dogs were having a great time when their owner threw a tennis ball into the ocean for them to find and bring back!
I think all dogs love running and splashing around in the ocean .....
Over a two-year period since 2008, 150,000 dogs have been massacred, and more than a 100 humans have died of rabies, yet the disease continues to spread. The authorities remained impervious to the logic of World Health Organization’s experts on rabies, who point out that inoculating 70% of the dogs was the only solution, and that attempting to kill them all has never worked anywhere in the world.
While most of these dogs are rabies-free, they are best avoided. Though that is often difficult on the wide sands of Kuta beach or the upmarket precinct of Seminyak, where tourists tan themselves, sip cocktails or browse the market stalls. The dogs are everywhere, running, chasing, barking and guarding their patches. The Balinese are largely unperturbed by the nightly howling. They believe the dogs are trying to redeem themselves in their new incarnation by trying to frighten away witches and evil spirits.
However, the rabies threat should be taken more seriously.
stay tuned for further blog posts on Bali