Monday, July 23, 2012

Triumph of the nanny state

Rabies in humans is very rare in the United States due to mandatory vaccination of dogs:

Hardly anyone in developed countries gets rabies now because dogs are routinely vaccinated.
In the rest of the world, however, 55,000 people die each year of rabies. The authors of “Rabid,” Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy, a married couple who are, respectively, an editor at Wired, and a veterinarian with a degree in public health, write that most of these deaths are in Africa and Asia, a great many are children, and almost all are the result of being bitten by mad dogs.
This of course is an incredibly onerous restraint of the freedom to put yourself, your children, and your society at risk.

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