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Drive Against Animal Cruelty

09 Nov 2016 | by | Posted in: Wellness

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It was extremely unfortunate that in the beginning of August, a 65-year-old woman near Thiruvananthapuram was mauled by a pack of strays. Late last month, there was another incident of a 90-year-old man mauled to death by a pack of strays in Varkala. He was sleeping in his verandah when he got attacked. And that triggered the spate of killings of stray dogs all across Kerala. As many as 100 stray dogs were killed after the incidents.

 

An Affluent businessman in Kerala is actually leading the stray dog eradication group and even 7 cases against animal brutally against him doesn't deter his drive towards such brutality.

Data suggests that the problem of stray animals is getting severe by the year. Across the country, stray animal populations have been rising as local bodies struggle to manage waste and implement birth control programmes. Agreed. However, the bigger question here is that "Is this the only way to handle a problem?", "Are there better ways to deal with the problem of stray animals?". They are homeless and helpless, no one to take care of them. They do not deserve such brutality.

As per the Animal Birth Control (ABC) Rules, 2001 Killing of dogs is illegal and street dogs cannot be beaten, killed or displaced; they can only be sterilised, vaccinated, and returned to their original locations. In spite of the law, we are seeing such mass animal brutality. As per the 2015-16 livestock census, and the ABC action plan launched in October aims to cover 70% (or 1.75 lakh dogs) in the first phase. Ideally, the government should start a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative to ensure that strays are sterilised and vaccinated. Veterinary establishments and various NGOs working for animal welfare should be approached and included in this drive. Only then such a mammoth task will be accomplished in the shortest span of time.

It is essential that we do protect our surroundings. Even if they are strays. They have the right to live just as much we do. Also, what are we really teaching our kids? These acts just demonstrated a sense of anger and more importantly a complete disregard towards animal life. We need to change that. We need to show tat we care. And are ready to solve growing problem with empathy and not apathy. Just like those getting off a bus at Pallippuram in north Kerala are reminded that a dog is man's best friend. The bus shelter has been converted into a memorial for a mongrel who died earlier this year. Residents say the street dog, Uddhandan, who hung around the village bus stop, was everyone's pet. He followed children to school and back, accompanied women returning from work late to their homes and `escorted' the odd drunk who lost his way.

A silent protest is being organised near Kerala House at Jantar Mantar on 12th November 2016 lead by Mr Ronnit Kapur. You are more than welcome to join and support the cause. If you need to connect with Mr Kapur, please leave a comment below.

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