The government of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, has announced that it will shoot to death 10,000 local stray dogs.
The government states that budget constraints are focing its hand and asks that the decision not be viewed as "barbaric." However, it also admits that last year over 5,000 dogs were shot to death because building shelters was deemed too expensive. The projected price of housing all the dogs? Only $300,000.
Surely the Bishkek government can attempt to fundraise before destroying helpless animals or can, alternatively, find other ways to address the overpopulation. Ask officials at the US Embassy in Bishkek to encourage their colleagues to find humane alternatives to shooting these animal victims.
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