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IT’S DOGS’ DAYS INDEED!

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In newspapers and visual media we see and hear of numerous stray-dog attack cases on a daily basis. In the resent past alone tens of th ousands of such horrific incidents have been reported from across India.
In Chandigarh a six-year-old girl’s face was mauled and disfigured and another girl was killed by stray dogs recently. In Goa, 18 rabies deaths were reported in 2014. In Hyderabad, over 3000 cases were reported in three months. A 6-year-old girl was mauled to death in Guntur recently. In Bhubaneswar, the city reports over 1200 cases every month. Kerala reports over 300 cases daily on an average. In Mohali, 22 bites were reported in 4 days, of which 5 were kids and one 5-year-old died. Well, we can go on narrating similar bloodcurdling stories of stray dog attacks from across India. I am sure the unreported cases are more in number than the reported ones.
Just as the saying, ‘every dog has its day’, it seems it is stray dogs’ time in our country. ‘Acche din’ have indeed come for stray dogs! And truly sad is the situation of common people – kids and women being the worst affected among them. While people bear the brunt, the elected representatives and local authorities are lethargic on the issue and seem not to be bothered at all. How will they, the Minister-in-charge herself is championing the ‘dogs’ cause’. Love of dog is good indeed. Most people do keep pets at home and love them dearly as part of the family. But this fashionable stray dog-love proves costly for the life and wellbeing of common people.
People in developed countries are known for their pet love. But we don’t see dogs straying around in public places there. I studied in detail about the laws and regulations in place in our country on the issue and learnt that the local bodies are vested with the responsibility to protect people from stray dog attack. But hardly anything is being done by them in reality. Hence, in June 2014, I approached the Court requesting intervention.
It is the responsibility of the local bodies to manage stray dogs. But, they are not doing it. Leaving out isolated efforts, we don’t see the existing law regarding Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules 2011 being put into practice. As per the directives of the law, the local authorities are to form a committee. This committee is responsible for planning and management of dog control programmes – catching, transportation, sheltering, sterilization, vaccination, treatment, etc. as well as to decide to put to sleep critically ill or rabid dogs in a painless method. The law also directs to build enclosures to keep straying dogs as well as to create public awareness and solicit cooperation and funding.
As is obvious, the law has remained on paper and has not been put into practice. Now, the situation has gone out of control. We see stray dogs which are seemingly not affected by rabies, but in fact are carriers of rabies virus. It is not possible to identify whether they are affected in their appearance. In earlier days if a dog bites someone, it was a common practice to observe it for a few days. It was believed that if the dog is rabid, it would die in a few days. This is a wrong notion. It has been proved that rabies affected dogs can go about for long without showing any symptoms. The other wrong notion we have is that once sterilized, stray dogs are safe. It’s not so. Sterilized dogs can be rabid. The authorities know it all, but are conveniently blind to it.
Majority of the so-called animal-lovers are in actuality merely dog-lovers. Some of them do not have any problem in eating the meat of cows, goats, buffalos or chicken. Their only concern is about dogs. Surprisingly, they close one eye and shut the other on the incidents of stray dogs killing other domestic animals. While they preach their dog-ma on public platforms, hardly any of them care to adopt stray dogs to their own homes. If we scrutinize we’ll see that majority of these professed dog-lovers travel by cars and are not aware of the trouble faced by pedestrians. There is a saying, ‘you don’t have to fear the dog while you sit atop an elephant!’ “Stray dogs don’t bite unless it is provoked,” so goes some of the defensive reasoning by dog-lovers. They will understand the grass root reality only when one of their dear ones faces dog attack and lives through the trauma for the rest of life.
No country has as many stray dogs as India, and no country suffers as much from them. Together with all those who speak and fight for freedom from stray dog menace, I exhort the local authorities across India to put into practice the directives of the law for the safety and welfare of people. It’ll be so unfortunate if those of you who are responsible still choose not to see the plight of common people, including kids and women. For this, the ‘real people’s representatives’ should take the initiative. Or else we’ll have to go on living this life with the constant fear of being hunted by stray dogs

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25 Comments on "IT’S DOGS’ DAYS INDEED!"


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Er Rajan C Mathew FIE
3 years 5 months ago

Fully support you in this.

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Nijel Pulickal
3 years 8 months ago

Indeed the stray dogs problem has to be tackled immediately. Before it gets a chance to bite another human being.But the option is not mass killing. Let us send all the stray dogs back to the forest.Ref http://www.nijelpk.blogspot.com

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Varghese Raju
3 years 8 months ago

പ്രീയ സുഹ്ര്ത്തെ ,
മനുഷരും നായ്ക്കളും തമ്മിലുള്ള ബന്ധത്തിന്‍, മനുഷരോളം തന്നെ പഴക്കം ഉണ്ട് എന്നു പറഞ്ഞാല്‍ അതില്‍ അതിശയോക്തി ഉണ്ട് എന്നു തോന്നന്നില്ല. കാരണം, മനുഷരുമായി ഏറ്റവും നന്നായി ഇണങ്ങി ജീവിക്കുന്ന ഒരു മ്രഗമായിട്ടാണ്‍ നായ്ക്കളെ എന്നും ചിത്രീകരിച്ച് കണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നതു. യജമാനാന്മാനരെ ഇത്രയധികം സ്നേഹിക്കുന്ന മറ്റൊരു മ്രഗവും ഭൂമിയില്‍ ഉണ്ട് എന്നു തോന്നുന്നില്ല. മനുഷരാശിക്കുതന്നെ വിലമതിക്കാനാവാത്ത സംഭാവനകള്‍ നായ്ക്കളുടെ ഭാഗത്തു നിന്നും ഉണ്ടായിട്ടുള്ള്തായി ചരിത്രതില്‍ രേഖപ്പെടുത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നു. ഉദാഹരണത്തിനു, ആദ്യമായി ശൂന്യാകാശ പേടകത്തില്‍ യാത്ര ചെയ്ത്, മനുഷനു മാത്രക ആയതു ഒരു നായ് തന്നയല്ലെ! ഏന്തിനു, മനുഷന്റെ ബുദ്ധിക്കും ശക്തിക്കും സാധിക്കാത്ത കാര്യങ്ങള്‍, നായ് മനുഷ സമൂഹത്തിനു വേണ്ടി ഇന്നും ചെയ്തു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നു, പോലീസ് വിഭാഗത്തില്‍. നിരവധി ക്രിമിനല്‍ കേസുകള്‍ തെളിയിക്കുന്നതില്‍ നായ് വഹിച്ച പങ്കു, പോലീസ് രെഖകളില്‍ സുലഭമാണ്.
മുന്‍ കാലങ്ങളില്‍, കേരള്ത്തി ല്‍ വളര്ത്ത് മ്രഗങ്ങളുടെ പട്ടികയില്‍, നായ് ഒന്നാം സഥാനത്തു ആയിരുന്നു. വീട്ടിലുള്ള മറ്റ് അംഗങ്ങള്‍ പൊലെ തന്നെ, വീട്ടില്‍ പാചകം എല്ലാ ആഹരവും നായ്ക്കള്ക്കും നല്കി് വന്നിരുന്നു. നിതേനെ, ഭക്ഷണതിനു ശേഷം വീട്ടിലെ ഓരോ അംഗങ്ങളും അവരവരുടെ പങ്കു ക്രിത്യമായി വലര്ത്തു നായ്കള്ക്കുഷ വേണ്ടി മാറ്റി വെച്ചിരുന്നു. എന്തിനതികം, മനുഷര്‍ ജീവനും സ്വത്തിനും സുരക്ഷ അര്പി്ച്ചിരുന്നതു വലര്ത്തു നായ്ക്കളില്‍ ആയിരുന്നു.
ഏന്നാല്‍, ഇന്നു സ്തിതി മറിച്ചായിരിക്കുന്നു. സാമ്പത്തിക, സാമൂഹിക മാറ്റങ്ങള്‍ ഉള്കൊലണ്ട് മനുഷന്‍ വീടുകള്‍ മതില്കെുട്ടി സംരക്ഷിക്കാന്‍ തുടങ്ങിയതോടെ മനുഷര്‍ മതില്‍ കെട്ടിനുള്ളിലും, നായ്ക്കള്‍ മതില്‍ കെട്ടിനു പുറത്തും ജീവിക്കുവാന്‍ തുടങ്ങി. ക്രമേണെ, മനുഷരും നായ്ക്കലും തമ്മിലുള്ള് ബന്ധം കുറ്ഞ്ഞ് കുറ്ഞ്ഞ് ഇപ്പൊഴത്തെ സ്ഥിതിയില്‍ എത്തി നില്കുംന്നു. ഒരു കാലത്ത് മനുഷര്ക്കുെ മുന്നില്‍ സ്വന്തം വാലു ചലിപ്പിച്ചു സ്നേഹ പ്രകടനം നടത്തിയിരുന്ന നായ്ക്കള്‍ ഇപ്പൊള്‍ മനുഷരെ ആക്രമിക്കാന്‍ തുട്ങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്നു. ഈ മാറ്റത്തിനു ആരാണ്‍ ഉത്തരവാദികള്‍? മനുഷരായ നമ്മള്‍ തന്നെയല്ലെ!! എന്താണു ഇതുനുള്ള് പ്രധിവിധി. മറ്റൊന്നും ഫലം തരുമെന്നു തോന്നുന്നില്ല, ഒന്നൊഴിചു. “നാം തീര്ത്ത് മതിലുകള്‍ നാം തന്നെപൊളിക്കുക”. അതെ, ഓരൊ കുടുംബവും തെരുവില്‍ വളരുന്ന ഓരൊ നായ്ക്കളെ സ്നേഹത്തോടെ, വീടുകളിലേക്കു കൂട്ടികൊണ്ട് വരിക.
ഈ വിഷയത്തില്‍, നമ്മുടെ സമൂഹത്തില് പ്രരവ്തിക്കുന്ന പൌര സമിതികള്ക്കും അയല്കൂതട്ടങ്ങ്ള്ക്കും ഗണ്യമായ പങ്കു വഹിക്കുവാന്‍ സാധിക്കും. പഞ്ചയാത്തുകളുടേയും മുനിസിപ്പാലിറ്റികളുടേയും സാമ്പത്തികവും സാങ്കേതികവുമായ സഹായാം ഒരു കൈ താങ് ആകുമെങ്കില്‍ ഒരു ശുഭകരമായ അന്ധ്യം, ഈ വിഷയതില്‍ നമുക്കു പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാം.
എന്നും ലോകത്തിന്‍ മാത്രുക ആയിതീര്ന്നി്ട്ടുള്ള നമ്മുടെ കേരളം ഈ വര്ഷ ത്തെ ഓണം ആഘോഷിക്കുന്നത് പുതിയ അതിഥിയുമായിട്ടാക്ട്ടെ എന്നു തീരുമനിക്കുക.
അങ്ങനെ തെരുവ് നായ്ക്കളെ നമുക്ക് വീടുകളിലേക്കു കൂട്ടികൊണ്ട് പോകാം. അതല്ലെ ശരിക്കും ‘ഘര്‍ വാപസ്സി‘
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jjp
3 years 5 months ago

thanks brother for your views :) it feels great to know that there are people who think the way you think.

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Vikramaditya Guha
3 years 8 months ago

The truth is dat u the people of kerala have lost ur mind n ur state has turned inhuMANICS n u call urself a public figure…. huhh..ur a disgrace to the country.. burn in hell

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pradeep kumar
3 years 9 months ago

the street dogs must be killed immediately,Yesturday an old women in kollam was seriously attacked by the dog.
Those who fight against dog killing must think on thing. If the dog bites your child or mother or wife or father and got rabbies what will you feel
Birth control of dogs is a immautre idea by fools of kerala. A dog can live up to 12 years. It means a person should suffer it for further 12 years.
In all the asian countries other than india, living conditions are far far better. please visit at least one country and take a descision. .one more thing .These dogs leave huge amount of shit on the road and it is very unhealty.
If so why human cannot shit on the road. No one is bothered about it.
So I 100 % agree with the statement by chittilapally sir, ” these dogs must be killed for human ”
The dog lovers can takes these dogs into their houses and hence give a solution

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Rachita
3 years 8 months ago

wow , are you educated by chance ? because from what I read above doesnt seem to be ……. killing helps really well if that is so many people should also be killed in this country right , because they are more a danger to the society … also who do you think you guys are to decide the fate of any living being You think you own this world , was tis world made only for human ? if that was so why are there other animals in this world why God made them , you what actually we humans have entered their territory not vice-versa HUMANS share this world with other living beings Dont try become GOD , but guess what its useless saying anything to you guys ,,, someday you and your loves ones will face it for sure the repercussions nothing goes unnoticed in God’s eyes …..KARMA BItes HARD

kochouseph
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3 years 9 months ago

Thank you all for sharing your views and comments.

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Madhu
3 years 9 months ago

I am a regular follower of your writings and have always found you to be an extremely reasonable, unequivocal person with a very balanced and informed view of matters, with the long term interests of the society at large as a priority. Even in this article, you have given a studied opinion on the issue at hand. However, the tenor of the article gives an impression that you are advocating and endorsing the mass culling of stray dogs, being proposed by the all-party meeting recently, though you never mentioned anything to that effect, and the advocates are using it as one more tool to meet their objectives.

At the outset, let me say that, there is indeed a dog menace that needs to be addressed urgently. There are more dog bites and dog-caused accidents than any acceptable limits and therefore there is an urgent issue at hand.

The first and foremost reason that one should realize is that culling has never been an effective means of controlling stray dog population as has been established from countless studies all over the world. Just like it is impossible to cull all rats or all mosquitoes, culling dogs is not going to eliminate them. The reproductive rate of dogs is so high that, it is only a question of time before they reappear.

The root cause is that there is no solid waste management in our cities, and coupled with the poor civic sense of people, food is available in the open in plenty. And as long as food is available, dogs will be there. There has been no waste collection in Trivandrum since Deember 2011. No action taken whatsoever other than shams. That is a topic for another discussion and I have a lot of personal knowledge on the sham efforts that were carried out.

Secondly, random culling is against the existing laws, and culling based on diseases as well as threat to others, has to be done as per established procedures which involve multiple vetenirary opinions, much like euthanasia for humans in certain countries. Whereas random culling is usually done by professional killers.

And lastly, it is an inhumane thing to do.

Let Kerala set an example to the whole country and not introduce something that has been proven a failure elsewhere.

Being a CEO of an organization that makes products that once in a while do fail in service, I am sure you are familiar with root cause analysis. But that is seriously missing in your article. When there is a leaking tap, the first action would be to fix the tap. Arranging an army of people to mop up the water into buckets, would be just a Sisyphean task that will bear no fruit. This is not just an assertion, but ample proof of failure of culling is there across many cities.

Moreover a root cause that was created by years of apathy cannot be eliminated in day by knee jerk reactions. There are even more number of deaths and injuries caused by lawless driving every day, in our country. Do we ever think of banning all vehicles on the road…Instead, a careful, considered and sustained corrective action is required.

Also please note that the decision made by the all-party meeting is purportedly based on a High Court order of 2006. But there is also a subsequent Supreme Court order negating all such high court orders and information regarding thiss been sent to the Government of Kerala by the Animal Welfare Board of India.

As to whether animal lovers or dog lovers should eat meat or not is a different discussion and let us keep that separate. Because that would be just being a self righteous one telling another what to do. Also stereotyping all animal lovers as “so called” was also inappropriate for a person of your stature, as it is akin to calling all the advocates of culling as “so called” people lovers.

Every group of people comes in various shades and we should not be stereotyping them to our convenience.

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K J Joseph
3 years 9 months ago

“who opens the door at the hauling a dog” the saying goes. All the stray dogs in Delhi should be caught and put in the compound of the so called dog lover, to begin with.

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Boby Varghese
3 years 9 months ago

I agree 100%

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Sidiq
3 years 9 months ago

Figures showing stray dog attacks hurting people are quite alarming. Local bodies should take action as per law and I think this should be an important point especially at this time the local bodies elections are fast approaching.

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Sidiq
3 years 9 months ago

Figures showing stray dog attacks and the hurting people are quite alarming. Local bodies should take action as per law and I think this should be an important point especially at this time the local bodies elections are fast approaching.

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Puloma
3 years 9 months ago

How can killing them curb the problem? are you killing those exact set of dogs who were responsible for the incidents in first paragraph??!! I wouldn’t even spit on the grave of a person like you & all those who share the same view as yours you will pay for your bad deeds, and you particularly will pay real bad, sir!

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Sudhakar
3 years 9 months ago

No where has Mr.Chittilappilly said that killing them is the solution.

” As per the directives of the law, the local authorities are to form a committee. This committee is responsible for planning and management of dog control programmes – catching, transportation, sheltering, sterilization, vaccination, treatment, etc. as well as to decide to put to sleep critically ill or rabid dogs in a painless method. The law also directs to build enclosures to keep straying dogs as well as to create public awareness and solicit cooperation and funding.”

It clearly states here that only the critically ill or rabid dogs are put to sleep.

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Anees Ahmed
3 years 9 months ago

Puloma, I beg to differ. Its about control & putting systems in place. Even I love dogs & have had dogs all my life. But stray dogs are out of control & we have to have ways to control their numbers. In fact, the concept of ‘stray’ dogs doesn’t exist in western world. If proper sterilization are done, that in itself will control the numbers in 2-3 years. Now I see in the street where I lived, over 20 strays in last 1-2 years. Just not acceptable.

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Mukundan Nair.
3 years 9 months ago

Many people like dog meet in Thaiwan, Korea, Philipines. So let them export these dogs to that countries. They can earn money also.

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Favas
3 years 8 months ago

They eat human Womb, please consider that. When they start eating Humans we can export that also. :)

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ATHULRAJ
3 years 9 months ago

i agree

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Gigi George
3 years 9 months ago

Well spoken. Some people oppose action against stray dogs just because they simply think it is fashionable. Just ignorance! Even in USA, SPCA takes care of all the stray dogs, give them shelter and wait for people to adopt them and after certain period of time, if nobody comes to adopt them, all of them are put to sleep. If anybody neglects the pets of any kind, abusing them in anyway will be brought to court & punished by fine or prison terms.

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Gigi George
3 years 9 months ago

Well spoken. Some people oppose action against stray dogs just because they simply think it is a fashion. Just ignorance! Even in USA, SPCA takes care of all the stray dogs, give them shelter and wait for people to adopt them and after certain period of time, if nobody comes to adopt them, all of them are put to sleep. If anybody neglects the pets of any kind, abusing them in anyway will be brought to court & punished by fine or prison terms.

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sudheer
3 years 9 months ago

100%agreed

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mj augustine sj
3 years 9 months ago

Please take up the case seriously and find a solution to gt rid of the stray dogs so that one fear can be got ridden for ordinary people especially the children and women who do not have cars……………………….

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K.K.SASIDHARAN
3 years 9 months ago

sir,
Lot of thanks for the article.may the top people realise the seriousness.

k.k.sasidharan

kochouseph Chittilappilly
Member
3 years 8 months ago

The sad part is that many people ‘choose not to realize’ its seriousness. To me, life and welfare of human beings is the primary priority. Why don’t the animal lovers cry for the millions of animals being killed for food? Don’t they feel sorry for the animals killed for the stray dogs? Don’t they feel prick of conscience while eating non-vegetarian? Have they ever spoken to a stray dog bite victim? Have they ever seen a person dying of rabies? Let us speak of ‘stray dog’ love after looking into the eyes of a dog-bite victim!!

 
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