In recent times, the reports of village heads ordering culling of dogs is nothing but mass murder with impunity. 50 strays were culled in a village in Nalgonda district, Telangana after the village Sarpanch ordered so. What is his excuse? The stray dogs posed threats to the cattle and villagers.
Another 22 stray dogs were killed by civic workers in Vikarabad near Hyderabad last month. And 78 dogs were culled in Siddipet in Telangana. Despite Maneka Gandhi seeking action on this, the continuous mass murder of dogs in this state reflects on how the laws are becoming toothless or not enough to threaten the lawmakers at the ground level before committing such crimes.
News of stray dogs being killed in all over in the media, incidents happening across the country–be it urban areas or rural. Those who find it easier to dismiss a problem rather than finding a solution are the weakest souls.
The government, should rather organize campaigns and educate people instead of misusing its power to solve ‘issues’. Most importantly people must be educated that community animals are a boon and these are merely situations it can’t handle and then term the poor animals as menaces/issues.
The government institutions could have easily taken it upon themselves to educate the villagers as to why strays are a boon instead of a menace and how in more than 90% of the cases it’s human behavior towards animals that affects their responses.
All that the government is capable of doing is that order a mass murder and sit back and relax because then the only work they’ll have to do is dump the caracass somewhere else. They feel that strays are no one’s property and they can be treated mercilessly.
They fail to understand that the strays are living beings as well. They don’t have a voice and hence sometimes they show their angst by chasing or loud barking. All the community animals are every citizen’s property and should be taken care of, out of humanity and humility.
There are several citizen groups and individual volunteers who put their heart and soul into their passionate beyond limits to safeguard animals.
There are some who are good at fostering and others who are good at rescuing or providing emergency treatment. Work for Animals is one such group that supports animal volunteers whole-heartedly by providing funds for critical cases. And there are few groups who are sterilization centric and they ensure that all the dogs in the areas they cover are sterilized!
On a personal level, my goal is to see Hyderabad rabies free and I vaccinate several dogs along my route or also outside of it, to ensure the same. Post vaccination I tag them with reflective collar as a mark of vaccination. This also ensures that the strays are unharmed on roads with no street lights.
Only if the humans understood all this, the work of us, animal welfare workers would be reduced by a ton!