OIE Self-Assessment and Monitoring Tool
STRAY DOG POPULATION MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE FOR WEST EURASIA COUNTRIES
In May 2006, the OIE recognised the importance of providing guidance to members on humane methods of stray dog population control and decided to develop specific animal welfare standards for this important topic, because:
The Chapter 7.7. on Stray Dog Population Control was unanimously adopted in 2009, at the 77th OIE General Session and it was included in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (TAHC).
Preamble of Chapter 7.7 is that stray and feral dogs pose serious human health, animal health and animal welfare problems and have a socio-economic, environmental, political and religious impact in many countries. Whilst acknowledging human health is a priority including the prevention of zoonotic diseases notably rabies, the OIE recognises the importance of controlling dog populations without causing unnecessary or avoidable animal suffering.
Veterinary Services should play a lead role in preventing zoonotic diseases and ensuring animal welfare and should be involved in dog population control, coordinating their activities with other competent public institutions and/or agencies.