URGENT: Urge San Pedro to Stop Poisoning Dogs to Death!

According to a recent news
, Daniel Guerrero, the mayor of San Pedro, which is located on
the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize, has stated that poisoning local dogs via
strychnine is “the only option we have to eradicate dogs. That is the
method available to us from the Health Department.” Thirty-one dogs on the island have reportedly already been killed via
strychnine poisoning.
However, the Saga Humane
, which operates an animal shelter on the island, has offered
to supply housing for the homeless dogs, give them a chance at adoption if
healthy and socialized, and provide peaceful euthanasia by intravenous injection
(EBI) of sodium pentobarbital for those who can’t be put up for adoption. Veterinary
and sheltering experts agree that EBI is the only humane method of euthanasia
for homeless companion animals.

Strychnine is a potent convulsant. According to the American
Veterinary Medical Association’s Guidelines on Euthanasia, strychnine and other
agents that “induce muscle paralysis without loss of consciousness are not
acceptable as sole agents for euthanasia.” Dogs poisoned with strychnine
suffer increased reflex excitability in the spinal cord that results in loss of
normal motor cell function: All their muscles contract simultaneously. Poisoned animals are conscious and aware,
and they suffer intense pain before they finally die.

Please send polite
correspondence to Mayor Guerrero today.
Urge him to take the Saga Humane Society up on its offer to give homeless dogs
a chance at finding a loving home—or, if ill, injured, aggressive, or
unsocialized, a peaceful release from a world that has abandoned and betrayed


Dear [Decision Maker],

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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