PR Challenge: At last count, 132 people had died after contracting rabies from the island’s feral dogs.
In the Hot Seat: John Daniels, president of Bali Discovery Tours
The Spin: “Those cases were all outside the tourist areas. I haven’t heard of a tourist getting rabies, but maybe somebody was bitten and treated that I don’t know about. Meanwhile, there’s been a big vaccination drive for dogs, and officials claim we’ll be rabies-free by 2013. There are fewer stray dogs on the streets than there once were, because a lot of them have been poisoned. Of course, now we have a plague of rats because we’re losing the dogs. Dogs are excellent at catching rats.”