Saturday, August 26, 2006

Living stray....

The number of stray dogs in the city has come down to 47,000 from two lakhs five years ago due to sterilisation programmes, animal rights organisations claim.
There are four organisations, including the Animal Rights Fund, Krupa, Karuna and Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), that work in the area through a mandate provided by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.
All of them patrol the city each day for stray dogs and take them to the pounds for sterilisation. Once this is done, the dogs are returned to the same area.
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Kate Sat Aug 26, 10:27:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Describes their plight well. I'm surprised that they are turned loose again,tho, rather than placed in an animal adoption center. Any of those available??

aisha Sun Aug 27, 01:44:00 AM GMT+5:30  

There were some interesting things happening in India yesterday...

Patty Sun Aug 27, 10:10:00 PM GMT+5:30  

poor doggies! i'd take them all home with me if i could. there are people who have all these pets, but neglect to care for them sometimes because they can't afford it and other times because they simply don't care, but they don't even take their pets to get them sterilized(i think they have places where it is free or little cost here) when they know they can't afford to care for offspring. they let the pets just get worse and die without giving them proper care and let them have babies who they also can't care for and so continues the terrible cycle. good subject.

we have had one dog, Cassie, for 12 years. she stays indoors and is a very spoiled brat, but we love her. :)

Chad Oneil Myers Mon Aug 28, 06:54:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Such a sad image.

Anonymous Tue Jan 09, 11:28:00 AM GMT+5:30  

I believe that animals rights groups are emotional and elitist and are in many ways to blame for the numerous deaths that happen due to street dogs.

Before you think this biased and offensive email I will explain myself.

* Most of the people who die from rabies are poor while most animal rights activists seem to be "well-intentioned" upper middle class housewives with nothing very much to do. If dogs killed a few hundred wealthy people, it would be a very different story.

* In India more people are killed by rabies than the rest of the world put together. Street dogs are a "human health and safety issue". In malaria epidemics mosquitoes are killed. When plague hit India rats were decimated. When a little girl is torn to pieces by dogs….. mutton shops owned by a minority group are blamed! The huge increase in dog numbers seem to be ignored despite the swarms of dogs in neighbourhoods. Whle groups claim dog numbers are going down and though this is anecdotal, it seems that the numbers have gone up.

* We call ourselves the silicon city, but one is terrified to walk the streets at night. The population of dogs seems to have boomed under the "sterilization " projects. There is nothing to prevent a sterilized dog from attacking you or pulling you off a bike as I have witnessed. Eradication is the only way.

* No advanced modern country in the world allows for dogs that can kill you to wander its streets. It's a cities duty to protect its citizens and not be held to ransom by emotional and elitist groups.

* While dogs can be endearing one cannot forget the thousands of people who die from rabies and attacks every year. Can a city be sued over its failure to protect one from savage animals on its streets? Who is accountable? Can these groups be held so? Maybe someone should file a PIL against the city and these animal rights groups. Too many articles in too many papers on some animal rights issue while children and people are dying from rabies or just wanton attacks.

* These animal rights groups seem to jump on whatever argument supports their seemingly emotional and elitist views. When dogs kill a little girl its because of "mutton shops" even though there is no link to aggressiveness and the eating of raw meat in dogs. On one hand these animal right groups say that one should clean up the garbage and on the other they encourage neighbourhoods to feed these dogs. What double standards.

When thousands of people are dying from rabies and little girls being torn to pieces one wonders whether the intentions of these animal rights groups are honorable or just elitist, selfish, emotional and narrow minded. I think the latter.


Anonymous Tue Jan 09, 11:29:00 AM GMT+5:30

Unknown Tue Jan 09, 11:40:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Thanks for your comments Arun, I agree that there must be a balance and rational in protecting stary dogs and yet have more civic sence in residents of not help thrive these instincts by ensurign that the surrounding's are clean and tidy.