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|Title: ||Evaluation of Dog Slaughter and Consumption Practices Related to the Control of Rabies In Nigeria|
|Authors: ||Garba, A.|
Dzikwi, A. A.
Okewole, P. A.
Chitunya, Wilson B.B.
Tirmidhi, A. B.
Kazeem, H. M.
Umoh, J. U.
|Keywords: ||Dog consumption|
|Issue Date: ||2013|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 1;No. 25; Pp 125-130|
|Abstract: ||The trade, slaughter and consumption of dog meats are some common attitudes and practices in subSaharan West African countries. These factors may represent a source of human rabies exposures and infections in the population of these countries and may be because of these only, still rabies remain endemic disease in Nigeria. Therefore, a survey was conducted during January, 2012 to July, 2012 for finding out the rational of dog meat consumption in Niger state, Nigeria. One hundred and fifty five volunteers (146 males and 9 females), consisting of dog butchers, consumers and those who leave around the slaughter points answered a questionnaire at five dog slaughter locations across the state. Information on the dogs slaughtered was also collected. The results revealed that 125 (80.6%) of the respondents consumed dog meat (4 females and 121 males). Only 12 (9.6%) were actually engaged in dog butchering who also identified that they purchased their dogs for slaughter from households within and outside their territories, not by personal breeding. None of the butchers were vaccinated against rabies. Regarding reasons for dog meat consumption, 80 (64%) respondents indicated that the meat was delicious, 23 (18.4%) claimed medicinal purposes, and 1 (0.8%) respondent believed that its consumption protected against the witches. Overall, 471 dogs were recorded to be slaughtered for human consumption during the study period. Despite their rational, the practices of dog trade, slaughter and consumption were detrimental to dogs as well as the control of rabies, particularly when evidence indicated that up to 28% of dogs slaughtered for human consumption in Nigeria may harbor the rabies virus.|
|ISSN: ||2320 – 8694|
|Appears in Collections:||Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine|
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