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Bali to continue anti-rabies dog cull as gory video emerges

Published on Jul 27, 2014 2:00 PM
 
A health department official (right) removes the carcasses of stray dogs culled in a sweep against rabies on Serangan island off the southeast coast of Bali, on February 17, 2009.  Among the white sandy beaches, luxury villas and temples, authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti-rabies campaign, a official confirmed Sunday, July 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - Among the white sandy beaches, luxury villas and temples, authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti-rabies campaign, a official confirmed Sunday.

Despite a stomach-churning 16-minute video posted on YouTube of a mass slaughter that has prompted outrage from animal welfare groups, Bali Animal Husbandry Department chief Putu Sumantra said there were no plans to end the practice.

"The dogs culled were smuggled illegally. When that happens, we try to find the owners to return them, and ensure they are vaccinated. But if they have no owners, we have to cull them," Mr Sumantra told AFP, adding the persistent problem "requires firm action".

The footage shows more than 30 dogs squealing before they are given lethal injections to the heart and piled on top of each other as they convulse to their deaths.

 
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