The award was bestowed for its contribution towards improving the animal welfare in the country and taking lead in implementing the nationwide dog population management campaign. DoL and HSI embarked on a joint project to reduce and address increasing free-roaming dogs in Bhutan. During the nine years of successful collaboration since 2009, more than 70,000 dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies. Bhutan has also made a significant achievement technically in managing the dog population and animal welfare.
According to the organiser, the National Dog Population Management and Rabies Control Project (NDPM & RCP) is a unique example of successful collaboration between a government and animal welfare organisations.
The conference with a theme ‘Changing Human Behaviour’ was attended by over 500 participants from 50 countries and more than 150 organisations.
Of the number of awards conferred at the conference, DoL was the only government organisation receiving such award. An eight member delegation from Bhutan led by Dr. Karma Rinzin, the Chief Veterinary Officer attended the conference. HSI hosted the 4th project task force meeting of the third phase for NDPM & RCP on December 1.
Reported by Towchu Rabgay, Media Focal for OIE and SAARC Animal Health, DoL
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