The Prob­lem of Home­less Cats and Dogs De­serves Our At­ten­tion


Special Focus - - Contents - Zhou Xianx­ian and Yan Biyu 周献献颜碧玉

At present, as home­less cats and dogs are be­com­ing a se­ri­ous ur­ban prob­lem, we’ve had an in­ter­view with Dr. Sarah Platto, an Ital­ian vet­eri­nar­ian be­hav­ior­ist, in order to gain more in­sights from a pro­fes­sional per­spec­tive.

Why do we see so many home­less cats and dogs in cities? Over-breed­ing is the main rea­son. A fe­male cat, for ex­am­ple, can give birth to any­where from six to fif­teen kit­tens a year, and a new kit­ten can ma­ture and be­gin to re­pro­duce within a year. In order to con­trol them, the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ap­proach is to trap, neuter, and re­lease them (TNR), which can con­trol the num­ber of stray cats and dogs, and cre­ate a rel­a­tively stable en­vi­ron­ment for them—to avoid flee­ing and fight­ing.

An­other rea­son is that hu­mans aban­don pets. For this rea­son, Dr.Platto said that there should be com­pre­hen­sive Dr. Sarah

Platto is an Ital­ian vet­eri­nar­ian ex­pert on an ima l be­hav­ior and wel­fare, serv­ing as an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of an­i­mal be­hav­ior and wel­fare at Jiang­han Uni­ver­sity. She came to China in 2007 and has been en­gaged in an­i­mal re­search ever since.

She loves be­ing with an­i­mals and has de­vel­oped an acute sense of what is go­ing on in the minds of an­i­mals through their ex­pres­sions and ges­tures. She be­lieves that an­i­mals have a cer­tain unique lan­guage and that hu­mans share DNA with all other an­i­mals, so they are closely re­lated to us. For the last two years on World Ra­bies Day, she has or­ga­nized cam­paigns in Wuhan in re­sponse to the call of “Global Al­liance for Ra­bies Con­trol.” The cam­paign this year pro­vided 150 ra­bies vac­cines for free with the help of a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany called Boehringer In­gel­heim Shang­hai.

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