Saturday, October 22, 2016

Different perspectives...

The vet came this morning to do annual shots for all - 4 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat.  $202.50US.  Usually I crow over how cheap this is compared to the US, but this morning the vet told us that there is a rabies epidemic killing horses and cows because most Belizeans can't afford to immunize their livestock.  So now I am sad and don't want to crow.

This worries me on a few of different levels.  First, it is sad for the livestock that they die a painful death from a very preventable disease.  Second, it is a public health threat.  Third, people who can't afford to immunize their livestock will start killing bats to alleviate the problem, which will create a bunch of new problems.

It is frustrating, because I can't even think of a solution, besides, perhaps, the government offering free immunizations to those who can't afford it...but then perhaps those people can't really afford to have the livestock, so why enable them?

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