Dear editor,
compassion for creatures, it’s time to stop the killing.

I felt compelled to write today after I watched on ZNBC prime news of 12th May 2012. I am shocked to see police officers using guns to the defenseless dogs being killed in such a way. I write to you out of deep concern about current plans for dog killing in the capital of Zambia Lusaka.

We understand large numbers of stray animals can cause disease and annoyance to the neighborhood, but killing is not the solution for overpopulation of unregistered dogs.

Think ahead because you’ll have to kill the new generation of dog.

Killing may be easy but it is also ineffective. Besides, it shows a total disrespect to life. You work in the name of the people of Zambia. If the culling goes ahead, you bring shame on us and the nation.

One proven and effective method to overcome overpopulation is through asking well wishers to adopt some of these stray dogs.

We urge you work together with animal welfare organizations to ensure the whole process accords with good animal welfare practices. We believe international organizations would be more than happy to have the opportunity to help.

Carefully planned dog control programs will prevent stray dogs from multiplying. If rabies still poses questions, still mass rabies vaccination should be carried. And never forget both to educate and to apply laws and punishments strictly to irresponsible pet.

I always hope Lusaka will set the example for other local governments in animal policies.

I also hope, in the name of all people concerned about humanity, we will hear from you about this matter at the earliest possible opportunity.
Mubela jackson


  1. Nicky   May 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Well, all of you against this move,should be educated that Zambian laws first of all provides that house shall have a maximum of two dogs and if they intend to keep more than 2 they should apply to the local authority.And these dogs have to be kept within the yard.Any stray dogs must be killed as it constitutes a public nuisance according to the PUBLIC HEALTH ACT CAP 295 SECTION 67.And any nuisance must be abated.Thumbs up to LCC.HEALTH INSPECTOR

  2. levina   May 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    but they are annoying…at times im afraid to take a walk because of the thought of being bitten by them

  3. dollar silly yaa'   May 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    i almost cried when i witnessed how a n innocent dog was killed today

  4. cult hero   May 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Yaba – why not just give the dogs to the Chinese for their relish? Lol…….

  5. kakolwe   May 15, 2012 at 4:45 am

    My neighbor’s b.itch went on heat a few weeks ago. Mamamamama, there was a hoard of all manner of dog. They fought, barked, bonked his bitc.h like no dog’s business. There were fat dogs, thin dogs even some you cant describe. The place was a no-go area for 72 hours. ROW-OUT the exercise to all councils nation wide.

  6. #SMH   May 15, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Bullshit!! Dog control programs wakwisa? There are so many people struggling in this country and you have the nerve to even talk about that. Why waste funds on dogs when we can use them elsewhere? Mxxxm!

  7. Polepole   May 15, 2012 at 5:44 am

    What keeps me reading are two bloggers; the self centred mushota and selfish, insulting and sometimes sensible Janet C. But muchefye ko kunsele mwebantu fwebambi tuli baiche

  8. Fish   May 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

    In as much as i hate dogs, i think killin them is barbaric, rather tek dem 2dog pound or sell em to da chinese cheaply. There surely must be other cheap means of getin rid of em as oposed 2killin ‘mans best frend’

  9. kapuli wa ng'ongo   May 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

    extremely short sighted thinking brought about after the recent incident on dogs at kabangwe. next when my neighbours goats eat my cabbages the council will start killing gosts, then sheep, then cats,rats and who knows what else

  10. Ba Pettie   May 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Bravo Ba LCC,

    Getting rid of these unvaccinated,disease carrying stray mutts is the best decision ba LCC has made.

    This will send a strong message to people; especially in the compounds who keep these dogs just for the sake of keeping them. They do not confine their dogs to their premises and half the time they do not have the capacity to feed them because they themselves do not have enough food.

    Go Go Ba LCC

  11. King   May 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Gud job LCC, to u against the exercise u’re also stray pipo & we will soon start shooting u.

  12. Mwanakabvwambi   May 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Try keeping rabbits and then try turning them into food! Children will protest because they have a name even for 20 rabbits; they have the heart, let’s have chifundo, even a bit. Of course dog owners must comply with laid down by-laws – registration confine dogs, feed them and vaccinate them.

  13. CK   May 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I think the Local Authority has taken the right path. Masters of the pets must show up and cage the dogs. In this case no dog will be shot at. LCC is merely cropping the pets, just like ZAWA does it. The population of dogs has actually gone to the dogs such that they have become a public nuisance. Do you people even see how many are crushed on roads and the bodies just get mutilated? That is a nuisance to the public.

  14. Mengele   May 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I agree with the article and those saying they are afraid to go out because of dogs are just lying.Why is LCC bringing brutality to dogs? Let them just find a better way as suggested by the author!

  15. Doda Doda   May 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    AIDS patients should also be shot dead.

  16. kedo   May 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    @Kakolwe above u’ve made my day….lol

  17. janet c   May 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    @ Doda Doda – that is a very inconsiderate statement to make on a public blog. Almost every Zambian has been affected directly or indirectly by this disease and you make fun of it! AIDS does not discriminate and could attack even you or a close relative – so please be sensitive

  18. PF minister   May 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Janet C … just leave Doda Doda alone am sure he is one of those people who has not lost a relative or he could HIV positive and trying to pretend. Lord have Mercy on him

  19. Razor Junior   May 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Why kiling inocent animals, police officers u hv alot 2 do apat frm kilng dogs, go in da streets at nyt & clear thoz prostituts spreadng ths killer diseas, do sumthn sensibo & reasonabo, we hv alot of thieves around bt ur doing nothng, why dogs? Thts bn inhuman.

  20. eagle's eye   May 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    am told the move is aimed at enriching sata’s son. remember he’s reportedly actively engaged in the dog business…………

  21. Bishop   May 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Before u can kill my dogs first kill the prostuties in the streets and bars

  22. Twaumfwa   May 16, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Why do innocent animals have to pay for the reckless owners. Punish the owners and force them to pay for vaccinations and up keep. All dogs should registered. It is high time we stopped living like savages. Killing innocent creatures that are defenceless is indeed being back wards. It is high time we got civilized. These animal breath, eat and what to survive just like you and I and God put them on earth for a reason not to be killed at will by humans. You fu.cking imbeciles

  23. citizen   May 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

    there should make a home for them and feed them and people can come adopt when they want a dog.all they know is stealing money.this is cruel.

  24. Chali   May 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Beware of chinese resturant becoz the chinese are buying those shot dead Dogs at K10,000 & takin them where no 1 knows. True story.

  25. dizziiiiiii   May 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    fooolish DodadoDa, whom or what do u think u are to say AIDS patients should also be shot dead, foolish, just wait until ur own entire clan is infected, and say they should be shot. FOOLISH U UUU DODADODA,,, THE MAIN ISSUE HERE IS STRYAY DOGS, AND NOT BEINGS…………..

  26. ceaser milan   May 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    shot the damn dogs dead. What animal adoption can take place here in zambia?? Adoption when most zambians are failing to feed their families! Ba daddy na junior ba sheta mabonzo ya scooby manje.

  27. likaki nyau nyau   May 17, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Can the authorities, food scientists and nutritionists confirm if dog food is edible? we all seem to be speculating and blame the Chinese for eating dog meat. how many of us know what meat is used in our ‘beef’ burgers or indeed mince meat from our butcheries?

  28. likaku nyau nyau   May 17, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Again you are all missing the point. Dogs go stray because they are not cared for. dog owners are the ones to be charged for not caring for their dogs.

  29. kutika   August 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Nomba mwipwisha ukwipaya imbwa inga uwu kala pepeka baka bolala ninani?