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Baghdad’s Strays
Increasing numbers good news?

A disturbing piece of news caught my attention today: A recent campaign to kill some of the estimated 1.25 million strays (by shooting and poisoning) that roam Baghdad streets is seen as a sign that conditions in the city are improving.

Sandy Smith at Huliq.com writes: “The dog control campaign is at once a part of local efforts to return Baghdad to normalcy seven years after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and a sign that conditions in the city have improved significantly. With more local residents now moving around normally, open-air markets have revived in the city, providing stray dogs with a source of food. With food once again plentiful, the dogs are having bigger litters, thus causing the population surge.”
As many as 58,000 dogs were killed in three months. It boggles the mind. How can good news for the people be bad news, ultimately, for the dogs? I only hope conditions continue to improve so that more humane “population control” strategies can prevail in the future.



Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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