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100,000 dogs given second chance at life

12 Mar 2008 | by | Posted in: Wag News

SRINAGAR, Indian-Administered Kashmir (AP) -- Authorities in Indian-Administered Kashmir's main city have canceled plans to poison nearly 100,000 stray dogs as part of an anti-rabies program, an official said Friday after protests from animal rights groups.

Local officials would instead work on a plan to sterilize the strays in cooperation with animal welfare groups and a team from the federal environment ministry, said Syed Haq Nawaz, commissioner of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation.

"We're not going ahead with this poisoning. Not at all," Nawaz said.

About 500 dogs had already been killed by Friday, according to Dr. Riyaz Ahmad, the Srinagar health officer who first revealed the plan to poison the city's nearly 100,000 stray dogs with strychnine.

India has the world's highest rabies fatality rate and has struggled with ways to control the millions of stray dogs that live on its streets, a problem exacerbated by its rapidly growing cities and slums.




Number of street dogs are directly related to the amount of litter/garbage that humans discard out on to the streets. At butcher shops you find a lot of dogs hanging around as the butchers throw the waste into drains. Similarly around slaughter houses even approved by the municipality. So who is blaming whom? You humans first get your civic sense right before pointing fingers on stray dogs who have mostly come into being because of your lack of the same. Spaying and neutering is the least you can do to make amends.

By: gspal | 16 May 2010

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