Provide Rabies Vaccines to Stop Mass Destruction of Dogs in Indonesia

Target: Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States

Goal: Demand the U.S. supply post-exposure rabies vaccines to Indonesia to help prevent the spread of the horrific disease and to stop the mass killing of dogs.

On May 20, 2022, a two-and-a-half-year old boy died in Bali after being bitten by a dog infected with rabies. Though rabies is treatable with post-exposure vaccination, Indonesia and many other countries facing rabies outbreaks do not have access to these vaccines in the same way that countries–such as the U.S.–do. With the proper resources made available, this boy’s death could easily have been prevented.

Rabies has been a rather persistent problem for those in Indonesia– occurring in at least 24 of the country’s 33 provinces– for about two decades. The country has seen sporadic outbreaks of canine rabies since 2008 and, still, rabies vaccinations remain largely unavailable. Due to the limited vaccination resources accessible in Bali, the government has taken more extreme measures in response. Rather than vaccinating outbreaks to prevent the possibility of its spreading, the government is attempting to resolve this problem through the mass destruction of community dogs. Many countries–including Indonesia–have tried to purge dogs to get rid of rabies before. In 2008, Indonesia eliminated hundreds of thousands of dogs–some of which were already vaccinated against rabies–in an attempt to eradicate the disease. But this measure has proven rather ineffective time and time again, as rabies continues to resurge.

Alternative and more humane solutions exist. In fact, Indonesia actually had been very successful with vaccinating dogs in the past–following the 2008 culling–and had almost gotten rid of rabies for good. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 restrictions and a lack of funds, Indonesia has had to return to the brutal killing of innocent dogs.

If granted more extensive access to vaccinations, people in Indonesia would be able to focus their efforts on more viable, longer term solutions, such as helping to vaccinate dogs once again in order to achieve herd immunity. The combination of post-exposure vaccination for humans that get bitten and vaccinations for the majority of dogs is the most reliable option if we want to end rabies once and for all. Sign this petition to urge the U.S. government to supply Indonesia with vaccines and to save the lives of thousands of humans and dogs in the process.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Biden,

Indonesia has recently faced a resurgence of canine rabies. Just a few weeks ago, a two-and-a-half-year old boy was bitten by a rabid dog and died simply because he couldn’t get access to a vaccine. His death–and many others–could have easily been prevented with proper resources.

Indonesia has been battling this vicious disease since 2008, which exists in 24 of the country’s 33 provinces. The government, in response, has taken to a mass culling of community dogs in an attempt to eradicate the disease. However, this purging has proven unnecessary and largely ineffective, and fails to eliminate rabies in the longer term. The more reliable response is the vaccination of at least 70% of the dogs to achieve herd immunity, while also still having access to post-exposure vaccines for any human who is bitten.

Indonesia does not currently have the resources necessary to fight this vicious disease. That is why we, Mr. President, have the moral obligation to help these people who do not have the vaccine access that we do, and these dogs that are suffering as a result. Please distribute rabies vaccines to Indonesia and free them of this disease once and for all.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pijarn Jangsawang


52 Comments

  1. Patricia Leigh Wicker says:

    These Dogs Need HELP!!!!~! HELP THEM!!~!

  2. Laura Rolder says:

    This is the right thing to do is to help keep these innocent dogs safe as well as humans.

  3. Lisa Allis says:

    Indonesia really needs to get involved in Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. The animal abuse there is brutal and shocking and will lead to the extinction of many interesting and beautiful animals. It is just awful how Indonesians treat animals. Awful!

  4. I feel so sorry for the defenseless animals. Not many people has a heart for them. PLEASE HELP THEM THE SAME AS YOU HELP PEOPLE. They deserve respect and their lives to be saved.

  5. It seems that no one is really worried about all the dogs being terminated or whatever they call these mass exterminations.

    Here is what seems to me a much better idea.

    Enforce a cull on all pathetic drug addicts and their suppliers ‘Shooting up’ all over the place, who are draining the country’s resources and the pathetic alcoholics who cost us billions per year ‘drying out’ supposedly, only to start again as soon as they are let back into society! Next would be all of the ‘rapists’ and murderers In prisons again costing more billions a year. Surplus so – called human beings who chose what they wanted to do and knew exactly what they were doing and are definitely surplus to requirements.
    Then maybe, just maybe the world would start to because me a better place. Maybe!!
    Seems harsh! It is meant to be. We do not need this human trash on our planet.
    And it would, hopefully then become a better place for all animals and creatures everywhere!

  6. JUSTICE IS NOT ONLY FOR HUMANITY, IT IS FOR ALL BEINGS, ISNT THAT OBVIOUS. IF IT ISNT MY FRIENDS, THEN YOU HAVE A LOT MORE EVOLVING TO DO ON THIS EARTH.
    YOUR CONSCIENCE SHOULD ALWAYS BE YOUR GUIDE AND YOU KNOW THAT TOO.
    STANDING BY AND DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION….PLEASE WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHING POSITIVE TO HELP THESE ANIMALS.

  7. LMAO!!! SO is Buden to blame for high prices in Europe? Now go cry tou CONservative dumbass pos

  8. To all the traitor trash CONservatives on here. Gas prices repugs fault.REPUGS VOTED AGAINST PRICE CAP. 12 bills that would benefit our vets.REPUGS VOTED AGAINST IT. Thank God Biden gave 275 BILLION DOLLARS for our vets. And you pathetic trash have yet to explain why oil prices are high in Europe. Brainwashed imbeciles.

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