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 Stray Dogs and Mumbai Cleansing!
 

I have been following your debate on stray dogs, their lineage and their rather rabid ways. I would like to congratulate you all for having this meeting about the stay dog problem. What started it all? Floods in Mumbai, cleaning of Mumbai, cleansing
of Mumbai?! I am having a problem explaining to my 8year old, who I must say loves all animals even the man-eating leopards of Borivilli national park because she is aware that it is we humans who are the problem not the animals, the co-relation between the floods and dogs.

So now that we are all going to clean up Mumbai of the stray dogs, will cats be next after all we really don't know what we can catch from them, will it be stray cattle after that or the all the birds as we might die of bird flu, what about stray humans- if we get rid of the garbage maybe we get rid of those who feed on it. And we must remember more people die by diseases spread by humans than of dog bite. So will we humanely euthanize the homeless, or put them in pounds or like in Brazil shoot them.

I live in Mira -Bhayandar and I can say that the Municipal Corporation is following the ABC program and the number of stray
dogs is on the wane. The dogs in my complex are all sterilized because we felt it our responsibility to get them done. We have
taken upon ourselves to have them vaccinated. They guard our complex better than watchmen do, they haven't bitten anyone, and they help in culling the resident pigeon (which incidentally cause serious respiratory problems) population

Please encourage the municipal corporations to do their work. Those of you who feel so strongly about the stray dog problem I urge you all to take an active role in having your Municipal Corporation sterilize the dogs in your area. All it takes is a phone call. Those of you who are concerned about rabies all it takes is for someone to call an animal related NGO and have the dogs vaccinated. Research is great, so is dialogue, but how many of us have really done our bit. Surely we karmyogis can start with that essential phone call and have our neighborhood dogs sterilized?

 THINK OF IT, WE HAVE BEEN AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS   AND WE STILL HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO REDUCE OUR OWN POPULATION AND YET WE ARE SO IMPATIENT WHEN WE 
TALK ABOUT ANOTHER SPECIES?! 

. I hope we never become a sterile place like Germany, Singapore etc because these country's have such repressive laws. Sure we may have some litter (both kinds) on the roads we also have a heart (if the starving can look after the animals, there must be a heart beating somewhere).

My daughters are concerned and would like all those in the stray dogs committee meeting to be practical, positive and also
compassionate because life without our loving strays will not just be the same. They also want to know that as rabies is also spread by bats and monkeys, will we be killing the monkeys and bats too?

Madhavi



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