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BELGIAN MALINOIS DOGS FIRST TO BE DEPLOYED AS ANTI-POACHING UNIT IN SOUTH AFRICA’S GAME RESERVES.

 

Belgian Malinois dogs that recently graduated from the Mechem Training Center in Tshwane, South Africa,  are now on active duty in Pilanesberg National Reserve and the Kruger National Park in South Africa,to help catch rhino poachers in the areas.

Russell and Toby, the two Malinois dogs will be handled by field rangers in the parks. This dog project works in conjunction with the Stop Rhino Poaching Project.

These dogs are trained in:

  • Weapon detection
  • Horn detection
  • Tracking in the bush and hot scene intervention
  • Ground support visibility

How long does it take to train an anti-poaching bush dog?

Anti-poaching training takes nine- weeks and begins when the dog is around 14 months old, after he has completed all his basic obedience training. These dogs are regarded as highly effective anti-poaching weapons. Unfortunately ,anti-poaching dogs do not wear any bulletproof gear. Elsie Daffue, founder of the Stop Rhino Poaching says that these dogs are not just sniffer dogs, but highly trained dogs with the bush approach. Interestingly enough, each of these game parks will have kennels constructed especially for the safety of the dogs ,as they will also be exposed to poisonous snakes and other dangers.

Unfortunately, South Africa has seen a spike in the slaughter of rhino’s lately and more than 270 rhinos have been killed in 2012 alone. Unfortunately, Rhino horn is popular in Asia and is used to make traditional herbal medicines.

Why Mechem-MEDDS?

MEDDS has successfully been used to indicate the presence or absence of:

Landmines
Arms and ammunition
Explosives and explosive devices
Drugs and
Animal products such as Rhino horn, Ivory and Abalone.

Why the Belgian Malinois?

Temperament:

Versatile

Highly intelligent

Excel at many jobs such as police work, narcotics and bomb detection, schutzhund,search and rescue, bomb detection,obedience,agility,tracking,herding,sled and cart pulling, guide dog for the blind and disabled.

High energy

However, these super smart dogs do need leadership and plenty of exercise. They need to be challenged, but make for the perfect family dog with the right family.

How does tracking work in the bush?

Handlers say a dog will act as an early warning and safety barrier for rangers and handlers. Poachers are becoming more heavily armed, with some carrying grenades. Rhino poachers will cut the horn on the downed rhino, while the rest of the group lie in ambush waiting for the field rangers. A handler and dog need a strong bond so that the handler will pick up almost imperceptible signs that a dog gives while walking or tracking. For example, a dog may lift his tail when he has a strong scent, or lift an ear if there are animals near by, or the hair on his back raises if people are close by.

If poachers are nearby, the specially trained dog can go forward and distract poachers, giving the rangers an advantage. The early warning and scent tracking ability of dogs gives rangers an advantage especially at night, which is when poachers are most active.

Dogs are less susceptible to anti-tracking decoys when they follow a scent ,so hopefully this will be the beginning to a successful anti-poaching project in Southern Africa.

Claudia Bensimoun

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THE BAHRAIN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS-BSPCA

The Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA), in an effort to humanely address the problem of the many stray dogs in Bahrain,,  launched a Catch, Neuter, Return (CNR) program together with the London-based- Dogs Trust International. This five-year campaign is expected to cost $795,000.

 

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Starting around the mid week of July 2012, the BSPCA will conduct surveys to get an accurate count of homeless dogs in the country. The survey will be available online.

The CNR project is designed to:

  • Humanely stop stray dogs from breeding,
  • So as to minimize the number of dogs being shot by police or hit by cars on the streets.
  • The dogs will receive a health checkup, vaccinations, and be anesthetized before they are castrated.
  •  Then they will be released back to the streets or original place of habitat, to carry on their normal lives,
  • But without being able to reproduce.

The BSPCA is based in Shakhura and is a charity run by volunteers who care enough to help save the abandoned and stray animals of Bahrain.

 

WHAT IS THE  CATCH, NEUTER AND RETURN POLICY?

 

  • Catch, neuter and return targets stray cats and dogs.
  • These animals are caught, then neutered, vaccinated and treated for any illnesses.
  • They are then released back to the same environment from where they came from.
  • Volunteers in the same community help provide so-called ‘loose care’ to all returned stray animals.

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