Our Right to Information queries with
regard to ABC implementation were answered by the Pune Municipal Corporation
and their responses printed in The
Indian Express under their RTI initiative.
Questions as to the
‘veracity’ of the information should
perhaps be directed to the AWO’s and AWBI, who have for the last 10
years projected Pune as an example of ABC “success”. They have repeatedly
thrown around made up figures of dog populations and rabies vaccinations,
thereby deceiving the public, the govt. and donor organizations. Now
when it has been proved an utter failure, it is reprehensible to cast
aspersions on the citizens themselves and a little too late for Pune
should be left out of the debate.
However, dogs being
killed does not in any way explain the following:
the AWBI has been unaware of the Pune situation for 10 years?
annual inspections has the AWBI conducted with regard to ABC implementation
has no dog ever been re-vaccinated against rabies?
happens to funds for rabies vaccination programs?
do Pune AWO’s have no idea what happened to 17,000 dogs?
have no dog population estimates ever been conducted?
are dogs hot branded (triangular mark) and released before they
have even healed (see attached pictures)?
are the ‘animal lovers’ of Pune doing about this inhumane treatment
of sterilized dogs? Or is cruelty an issue only when it is perpetrated
by someone else?
It’s strange that
people who are apparently so concerned about dogs have never bothered
to find out themselves as to how many dogs the PMC has killed. Not
entirely surprising though, considering that critical public health
issues are referred to as a “laundry list”.