The NSS unit of Vidya Prabodhini College of Commerce, Education, Computer and Management, Porvorim organised a talk on World Rabies Day.
Education Officer from Mission Rabies Organisation, Joan Fernandes was the resource person for the talk. Joan informed students that World Rabies Day is the first and only global day of action and awareness for rabies prevention.
Speaking on animal cruelty she said animal cruelty can take many different forms. “It includes overt and intentional acts of violence towards animals, but also includes animal neglect or the failure to provide for the welfare of an animal under one’s control.” In addition to this, it is important to remember animal cruelty is not restricted to cases involving physical harm. “Causing animals’ psychological harm in the form of distress may also constitute animal cruelty,” Joan said.
Joan concluded by saying that elimination of rabies is possible through vaccination of dogs and prevention of dog bites. “Rabies can be treated with the rabies vaccine if you seek immediate medical help. Effective treatment soon after exposure to rabies can prevent the onset of symptoms and death.”