She may play a vampire on TV, but it turns out “True Blood’s” Kristin Bauer van Straten is against biting — especially when it comes to rabid dogs. So she’s working to keep canines healthy.
The actress has teamed up with the World Society for the Protection of Animals to help vaccinate dogs around the globe against rabies. The campaign, called Collars Not Cruelty, vaccinates dogs and then releases them wearing a red collar, so communities know that the dogs are safe.
According to the WSPA, 20 million dogs are brutally killed each year around the world. The pooches are often poisoned or electrocuted in an effort to prevent the spread of rabies.
“I was absolutely shocked when I heard that governments around the world are resorting to poisoning, shooting or gassing dogs as a way to try and prevent the spread of rabies. It’s so important to spread the word about WSPA’s effective and humane alternative solution – mass vaccination – so that this horrible cruelty ends,” said Bauer van Straten.
The Collars Not Cruelty initiative was launched on September 28, which is World Rabies Day, in Bangladesh, and helped save thousands of animals. Similar campaigns have been successful in Bali and Sri Lanka, and the WSPA is hoping that it sends a message around the world that Collars Not Cruelty is a more effective means of preventing rabies than mass slaughter.
“With Kristin’s support and her ability to reach an even wider audience, we are hoping to continue this positive momentum and show other governments and communities everywhere that a world without rabies does not mean a world without dogs,” said WSPA International Campaigns Director Ray Mitchell.
According to animal lover Bauer van Straten, “We must continue to demand collars, not cruelty, in the fight against rabies.”