In my opinion, one of the most serious issues faced by mumbai
today is that of stray dogs. Their population is increasing
day by day and so is their menace. Damn the animal organizations
and Menaka Gandhi for interfering with their killing. Why
are these dogs favoured when all animals around are
suffering abuse? The poor timid goats are sacrificed in the
name of religion. The other domestic animals are ill treated.
The snakes which are friends of farmers, especially the rat
snake which is a natural predator for rats are killed as soon
as they are spotted.Lakhs of chickens were culled for fear
of bird flu.When all these killings can be justified, why
not that of stray dogs?
1) stray dogs spread filth and diseases
2) Their bites are increasing day by day.
3)They bark all thro day and night disturbing everybody
4)They are reproducing so fast that sterilization is expensive
.Neither the BMC nor the NGO's are of any help in this regard
Given all these points we can conclude that nature always
has a way of controlling animal populations by predator prey
relationship. But in the case of stray dogs this is not happening
and with sterilization becoming ineffective their populations
are increasing manifold. If menaka gandhi has a problem then
let her sponsor money for the sterilization of all the dogs
of mumbai! The court should allow the BMC once again to kill
as a former municipal commissioner...of aurangabad in maharashtra...who
incidentally also got bitten by stray dogs during a morning
run....i have long been a proponent of destroying stray dogs....to
sterilise or vaccinate them is nowhere a solution in any part
of the world...this is never enough to prevent the huge problem
so pithily outlined in the bangalore draft....the armchair
liberals who want cosset stray dogs in the streets are on
the same lines as minority groups who may want rats
or other vermin not dealt with in public spaces....dog
lovers have been given a chance by courts to protect the awful,
spreading range of disease and dog bites...they have miserably
failed...time to make a strong undivided stand against misguided
dog lovers through the very pertinent marshalling of facts
and figures...the bangalore draft is brilliant...i will support
to the last dog bite...s.shankar menon... ias..retired..but
still well after dog attack in 1984.
(Glad you survived your dog-bite. The brother of our
ex Addl Mpl Commissioner Bangalore Mahendra Jain IAS was not
so lucky... Regards, Almitra)
The last way to solve the problem is to eliminate the problem.
This is the only solution for stray dog. The problem became
a menance only after Maneka moved the petition for protecting
the lives of stray animals.
For whatever my personal views are worth, I am 100% in favour
of rounding up and destroying stray dogs. No-one can tell
me that these poor creatures are loved and nurtured by anyone,
and I would rather that love and nurture was directed towards
the children living in slums who get bitten!
Also, a personal view, I am fed up with being disturbed in
the night by stray dogs barking.
Add my name to any petition if you want, but I will not be
Dec 12, 2005