A Member of the Executive Council governing the KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa has revealed he is looking into having all of the province's stray dogs rounded up and slaughtered, in a move that has upset the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Meshack Radebe, has made the suggestion, along with stating he'd like to see owners of dogs-not-vaccinated-against-Rabies, arrested and charged with murder should their animal cause a death upon infection.
Such a move would possibly be a stretch in South African law, which tends to require intention, even in the form of dolus eventualis, but likely not extending to neglecting a rabies vaccine for a dog. More would be required for a conviction.
Veterinarians sometimes advise not giving an ill dog a rabies vaccine, when the dog is ill, and may not survive the vaccination process. The South African government does tend to require animals to undergo vaccinations, although in rural areas, these are not always easily viable or known of. South Africans, by 2014 will only be allowed four animals per house according to statutory law, which many veterinarians placed on the walls of their practices to inform regular clients.
The statements by the ANC politician come after the fourth rabid-dog human death in the province.
In South Africa, rats, mice, bats and other rodents also often carry diseases, likely accounting for more cases than those caused by rabid dogs.
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