I was really shocked to read here the blatant misrepresentation
of our Pune stray dog scenario by two "citizen
activists." Readers unaware of the true picture would be
misled into believing that the Pune municipality does not kill
a single dog, and that they are only sterilized here. In
actual fact, large numbers of stray dogs have been regularly
poisoned in Pune for years and as this seems
to differ from the other cities dealing with sterilizations, Pune
should not be brought into debates about this issue. The barbaric
and illegal practice of poisoning dogs has continued unchecked
through all the years the sterilization programme has been implemented.
Smt Almitra Patel's recommendations put up on Karmayog
also confirm this. She quotes a certain Dr Deodhar as saying
that "in Pune, the present practice of discriminate destruction
of dogs...should continue." However, it would be more correctly
described as indiscriminate destruction.
I suppose such citizen activists feel that strewing poison
around contributes to a clean and safe environment?
Three questions which should be added to the EXHAUSTIVE laundry
list of things to ask under RTI:
(1) How many stray dogs are poisoned every year?
(2) How many of those dogs were sterilized strays, or
(3) How much of public money has been spent on killing stray
dogs in Pune ?
If there are still stray dog problems in Pune, in my opinion
they should be blamed on dog-killing and not on sterilizations.
In fact sterilizing dogs is certainly a waste of money and resources
if so many dogs are going to get killed afterwards.
I wish there was some way Karmayog could screen messages for
veracity before putting them before an unsuspecting public. Unless
people bother to write and clarify misconceptions, readers will
get a very distorted picture of many issues.