Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights Protection **AWARDEE**

Shortlist Category: Organisation

Region: Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Europe

Country: Iraq

KOARP runs a number of programmes related to rabies prevention and animal welfare. It provides a veterinary service to stray, abandoned, homeless and sick animals, operated by volunteer vets. It is seeking to introduce two mobile veterinary clinics. Iraq has a stray dog control law that allows people to form teams and kill stray dogs, and KOARP is working with members of parliament to change this law and approve a law that protects animals. 

It also focuses on increasing rabies awareness and dog bite prevention for young children, through newspapers, magazines, radio and television programmes. Since 2009 it has held World Rabies Day awareness events, primarily for children.