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STRUGGLE FOR STRAY DOG FREE STREETS MUST CONTINUE

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When those who are responsible pretend to be deep in slumber, others will have to do the unusual to wake them up!

I, with some likeminded people, had recently formed a society named ‘Stray Dog Free Movement’ with the objectives of providing financial and legal aid to stray dog victims as well as to associate with non-profit organizations to take measures to remove stray dogs from streets and public places in Kerala. But whenever attempts were made to capture and shelter dangerous stray dogs that attacked people and domestic animals, those efforts were countered by those claiming to be animal lovers, through the direct intervention of Animal Welfare Board of India and highhandedness by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, with the support of the Police Department.

Isn’t it unfortunate that some vested interests are trying to attribute more value to dangerous stray dogs than that of human beings as well as other animals? I’m not a person who can tolerate such outright hypocrisy. As a ‘human lover’ I had to act. There is no better method to stage one’s protest other than the one showed by Gandhiji himself – hunger strike. I observed a 24-hour hunger strike in the last week of October at Marine Drive, Kochi, to expose the conspiracy of pseudo animal lovers and to invite the attention of lethargic authorities to take prompt action. Stray dog menace is an issue that is affecting large masses of common people. I was overwhelmed to see the massive support from people across Kerala. I will continue efforts to create awareness building in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram by way of 24-hour hunger strike.

Close on heels came the High Court verdict directing all the local bodies to set up in two weeks a monitoring committee to deal with the menace. While I am happy that our efforts are showing positive results, after one and half years of legal battle by me, late Adv. Basil Attipetty and others, I am only 49% satisfied with the actual practical provisions of it. The verdict clearly says that the local bodies can take a decision to cull stray dogs only in accordance with the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules 2001 and the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, which in simple words mean that if a dog bites you, it can be touched only after making a formal complaint and an examination by a vet to prove that it is dangerous or sick. What an ordeal!

The present HC direction is just a recapitulation of the 2001 ABC rules (not an Act) which contemplates the setting up of a committee to plan and manage dog control programmes. Fourteen long years have passed. What has the ABC programme achieved so far? Has the stray dog population reduced? No. The present scenario proves that it has been a total failure. Stray dogs have grown multiple folds and the situation has gone out of control. As per the ABC rules dogs are caught, castrated and vaccinated, then left back to the place from where they were caught. Can anyone guarantee that a castrated dog doesn’t bite again? Will anyone refrain from taking anti-rabies injection even if the stray dog is vaccinated? No. So, this, obviously, is not a practical solution.

The only ones who are benefitting from the ill-executed ABC programme are the rabies vaccine companies. Rabies death is the most horrific, painful death. If you haven’t seen the suffering a rabid patient undergoes, please see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxYpWlEgkSA. The govt should investigate what was the sales turnover of vaccine companies 14 years ago and what is the status now. I bet, it has exponentially increased. It’s something that is unbecoming of a developing nation like India. Small pox and polio have been almost totally eradicated from the country. Anti-vaccine for both these viruses is no more relevant. Such should be the target for anti-rabies vaccine too. Don’t let stray dogs roam the streets and take precious lives just to make hay for rabies vaccine companies. Whoever is promoting such a lobby should be exposed and punished.

The other choice to get rid of stray menace is to shelter them. India has the highest stray dog population. In a developing country like India, where millions of people are homeless and millions of children go hungry, isn’t it injustice and a crime to build shelters for stray dogs and provide them timely food? We don’t see stray dogs in any of the developed foreign countries. USA is seen as the epitome of animal welfare in India. A report by the American Humane Association (AHA), an organization dedicated to the welfare of animals and children, states that of the 4.3 million animals that were handled by 1000 shelters in 1997, roughly 64 percentage of them, approximately 2.7 million, were euthanized due to overcrowding (http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/fact-sheets/animal-shelter-euthanasia.html). While it might sound cruel, grave situations call for stringent actions. In our country, too, the present situation is of overcrowding of stray dogs in our streets. Pet animals should be loved and taken care of and should be kept at home. Those animals which are public nuisance should be removed from streets and if need be eliminated.

The supporters of Stray Dog Free Movement believe that continued and united struggle to create awareness only can free God’s Own Country’s streets and public places from stray dog menace.

So shall it be!

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19 Comments on "STRUGGLE FOR STRAY DOG FREE STREETS MUST CONTINUE"


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ANIL VIJAPURE
2 years 1 month ago

In our experience, sterilization has no effect whatsoever, on the wild behavior of dogs such as littering, excreting anywhere, incessant barking, chasing/attacking/biting and even eating humans. This subjects human beings to:

–Constant psychological threat creating high BP & Sugar, which lead to several health problems including heart attack.
–Lack of sleep & concentration leading to related health/work related problems
–Deaths caused by rabies due to dog bites & direct dog attacks

Any reported findings that sterilization makes the dogs docile, does not seem to be true and are likely to be at the instance of some drug companies, which may be profiting by maintaining or even increasing the dog population in the country.

Very strangely, such a cruel animal called dog cannot be killed in this country, whereas the harmless animals like cattle, goats, hens, pigs, fish; are killed en-mass in the name of food. There seems to be no concern for these animals whatsoever. There are no laws against killing them even though they are absolutely harmless to humans.

There are only two ways to overcome the stray dog problem: either KILL them or SEGREGATE them. If the stray dogs cannot be killed due to strange and biased laws in this country, then the only way out is to totally segregate them from humans into shelter homes constructed for them. It may please be noted here that other animals like cattle, hens, goats are maintained in separate shelters and not allowed to roam free in human colonies. If at one place; these stray dogs can be well taken care of by the local authorities. Every city should have these shelter homes. Government may collect dog-tax for the purpose. Citizens will prefer to pay this tax against the threat of staying in the vicinity of these dangerous & wild animals called dogs.

Therefore it requested that:

Either ….. the Dog should be declared as WILD animal & Animal laws should be changed to allow killing of stray dogs

OR ……… Stray dogs should be completely segregated from humans into separate shelter homes prepared for them

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Josef Muller.
2 years 10 months ago

No developed country allow the stray dogs to wander through the streets.Man is the crown of creation not other beings.

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RAZEEN RAFI
3 years 8 days ago

It is quite surprising and shocking that prevention of law against cruelty of animal was passed PCA 1960….its almost six decades this law was passed main fine amount was inr 50 which was hefty those days …this law was not amended after its inception.
This is why crime rates and criminal rates are increasing because of unchanged laws….

In foreign country there is separate department like police. Who will catch up stray dogs from street and put in a rehabilitation centre…

Secondly these animals live in a place where waste is not managed properly…we cannot find such disturbance in country where waste management is done in a professional manner….
Even we cannot find such issue in clean environment in our own state

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Dr Prashanth T
3 years 1 month ago

Dear Sir,

Can you elaborate 10 action points and economics (funds) required for Stray Dog Free Movement. as there are 20-24 million stray dogs in India.

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Harpreet kaur
3 years 2 months ago

build a shelter, provide doctors and vaccination to dogs. Grow up and act positively. you don’t need to kill them or destroy them instead help them and people.

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Josef Muller
2 years 10 months ago

Human beings are greater than the animals.

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Priya Pillai
3 years 6 months ago

Very cruel thinking tht stray dogs should b killed or in ur sofisticated words eliminated. Who gave u da right 2 think or do such a thing? N here u r influencing n giving othrs also ideas 2 do da same. Really u n all those who support u in ths stray dog free thing r heartless. N alwys remember tht ths is a criminal idea n a crime. In our country many people also live on da streets. Beggers homelss people, so will kill thm also tomorrw

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Prasad M
3 years 19 days ago

Get a bite from a stray dog, this disease will be cured. We know the suffering, it is not just happening in Kerala.

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Anonymous
3 years 6 months ago

Very cruel thinking tht stray dogs should b killed or in ur sofisticated words eliminated. Who gave u da right 2 think or do such a thing? N here u r influencing n giving othrs also ideas 2 do da same. Really u n all those who support u in ths stray dog free thing r heartless. N alwys remember tht ths is a criminal idea n a crime. In our country many people also live on da streets. Beggers homelss people, so will kill thm also tomorrw

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Jose
3 years 7 months ago

Just a thought on this. If these dogs are caught and kept in a shelter , would that be illegal ? Let me expand . Each panchayath should make dog shelters(basic ones) and arrange for all the stray dogs to be caught and brought into the shelter. Dont kill them. Ask all the dog lovers to arrange for their feeding

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Kinson Chittilappilly
3 years 9 months ago

It is true that ABC won’t work in Indian scenario and beyond that it is not at all practical…….go ahead with your mission……people of Kerala are always with you…..

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Santhosh Kumar
3 years 9 months ago

A Great effort sir, at this age and after achieving a very high status of life you are a role model for all of us, showing that nothing comes in way if your aim is pointed at a particular subject…..we all are with you sir…(y)

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Drisya N C
3 years 10 months ago

Great effort sir.. We all support you.. Lets hope for the best. May God bless you…!!

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Madhu Ganesh
3 years 10 months ago

No ABC was done in Kerala despite repeated efforts. No effort towards waste management..People like you should be supporting ABC and waste management…not culling, which you are indirectly supporting and in this blog itself you are directly calling for it..And in this blog, you are also instigating people against a court judgement..And shelters, I hope you had done the math yourself or read any of my messages to you..I am sure someone with your background can start one..But please do it in Kerala itself.. not in neighbouring states…they have their own dogs to manage.

And before quoting American practices, let us do all the other things they do too..

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siddharth ravindran
3 years 10 months ago

Those who are reading this..lets spread this message to all and be a part of the movement.

 
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