Studies prove that spaying is the only solution for states to control dogs overpopulation. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Rachel Haddad's dog Bo was friendly, lively and large, weighing in at 45 kilos.Haddad, who has been campaigning since Bo's death to raise awareness of the poison, contrasted the sale and use of Lannate abroad – where it is highly restricted for use as a pesticide only – to its use here in Lebanon, "rampantly, recreationally and irresponsibly".The Daily Star spoke with veterinarian Dr. Gaby Hilan, who performed the autopsy on Haddad's dog, about the use of Lannate.The Daily Star spoke with the mayor of Beirut, Bilal Hammad, who, while acknowledging that stray dogs were a big problem for the Beirut municipality, categorically denied the use of poison or any other inhumane means of culling them.Speaking to The Daily Star, Achkar confirmed that the Beirut municipality was not using Lannate, which he said was "illegal by law and municipality law". The Daily Star also spoke with the head of the Dikwaneh municipality, where Haddad resides, who denied the use of Lannate. Until then, the indiscriminate use of Lannate and other poisons will remain a public health hazard.
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