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Dear Ninad,
Re:- your message no.17 in Karmayog Digest 433
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005
Although I am fully sympathetic towards your problems, there are  a couple of things I would like to point out.

Firstly, as far as stray dogs are concerned, please be informed that for the removal of stray dogs from their territories, there are specific laws, rules
and guidelines set down by the Animal Birth Control ( Dogs ) Rules, 2001, by the Union Govt, and also a judgement on this subject in Writ Petition No1596 of 1998 by the Hon'ble Bombay High Court. Vide the above referred judgement, the High Court has laid down guidelines for dealing with stray dogs and the methodology for their population control. Dogs cannot be labelled as nuisance and therefore be picked up from their territories and abandoned somewhere else. The only way to deal with them is to have them sterilised and vaccinated, then released  in their original territory. As far as the legal status of the judgement is concerned, the order of the Bombay High Court is final and as the Writ runs through the entire state, it is binding 
all over Maharashtra. Any contravention to the above amounts to contempt of court and is bad in law.

Secondly, there is a local organisation in Mira Road called SPAN, you may contact them on 28112462 and ask them to get the dogs sterilised, vaccinated and treated. If you cannot get in touch with them, call me on 9322271966 and I will have the dogs sterilised and vaccinated.

I will also advise you on humane ways of tackling the dogs that have made your building their shelter. However please understand a couple of facts. It
is not just dog excreta that is causing problems after floods, this was a natural calamity and everything out of proportion will seem to cause problems, which is unavoidable but can be solved with a cool head. 

Leptospirosis is not spread by dogs alone, but mostly by infected rat urine, skin infections are very common after floods in all species, and in dogs it can be treated very successfully. I would ask you not to fear Leptospirosis as it is easily preventable, but there are other diseases like dengue, malaria, gastro and skin afflictions which are if not more, but as much scary. Leptospirosis is only one ofthe much hyped dangers at the moment.

I am sure SPAN will help you to solve your problem, otherwise do not hesitate to  call me. Do not fret and panic, this is the smallest of problems that people are  facing today as aftermath of the floods, so lets thank God for the small mercies. 

For Thane Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Thane SPCA)
Shakuntala Majumdar (
Aug 12, 2005 

Aug 1, 2005
PAWS - Plant & Animals Welfare Society is doing the Relief Work since past 6 days after the Heavy Floods in Mumbai. 
PAWS Team comprising Ms. Sonali, Mr. Shiv Prasad, Mr. Vishal, and Mr. Nilesh along with Representative of Midlife Foundation & Rakhee Jain Group.
PAWS Provided Fodder & Vegetables to Buffalos affected. PAWS are also on regular rounds to help injured calves & buffaloes. Also helping affected people by providing Food, Water & Clothes, and Medicines.
Enclosed are the Photos of Rescue & Relief works (image 1, images 2, images 3, images 4, images 5
Nilesh Bhanage
Hony. Gen. Secretary & Founder Trustee
(PAWS is Non-Profit, Charitable registered charity which is Affiliated with RSCPA, UK and member Society of WSPA and recognized by Animal Welfare Board) 
Aug 2, 2005

Its not just been raining cats and dogs in the Mumbai City, but it has been raining snakes as well. In the deluge of last few days, humans are not the only ones to have been affected. Thousands of buffaloes, goats, sheep and dogs have died of drowning, because of human negligence, but the snakes in the city have also become helpless victims.

Snakes such as cobras, pythons, rat snakes etc. are seen on the roads, washed out of their natural hideouts due to heavy rains. They are either run
over by vehicles or killed by people if they enter a residential area. 

Dr. Dinesh Vinherkar, an experienced Snake Handler, Managing Committee member and Head of Wild Life Rescue Group of In Defence of Animals, India, has so far rescued seven poisonous and non-poisonous snakes such as cobra, python, rat snakes, in last few days. Pictures of a female sand boa 
(image1, image2), rescued yesterday by Dr. Vinherkar, from Juhu Koliwada.

Dr. Vinherkar says that once the water goes away, the rains stop and the climate is dry, these snakes will return to their natural habitats, hence
people should not kill them. Like us, these dumb helpless creatures also have a right to live and we must let them live. They come out in open areas
for their own survival.

We appeal that if you see a snake in your vicinity:

1. Do not get scared unnecessarily
2. If the snake is not stuck somewhere, leave him alone and let him find his way out.
3. Do not disturb or kill the snake by sticks, if found in your building.
4. Do not handle snakes on your own.
5. Call: IDA India on 56268028 or Dr. Vinherkar on 93222 43216.

Ms. Pooja Sathe,
Campaign Coordinator,
In Defence of Animals, India
7, Shanti Kunj, 124, Hindu Colony, 5th Lane,
Dadar, Mumbai 400 014.
Tel: 56268028-24143412-24142195
During such calamities, relief measures for animals should also be a part of Relief Programme

NEW DELHI 110 030
TEL 011 5164 1480 Mobile No. 098 910 13200
Dear all, Now the condition of flood is down. Streets are clear & rescue work in on high.

We at PAWS alongwith Rakhee Jain Group of dombivli went nearst places to provide help. More then 40 Volunteers made Food in colony itself & packed in 200 packets. 2 Tempo Vans hired to give away food to affected area of Kalyan City.

We at PAWS took all available Medicines like Topicure, Himax, Acrilyin other injection to help the cattle in kalyan. When we reached to Doodh Naka & Cattle Bazar, the condition was pathetic. Over 70 buffellows are dead. Many got scraches on legs, we treated them all with HELP OF VET.

We gave away all the medicines which are left with us to dairy owners. Kayan-Dombivli Municipal Corpo. van are picking-up Dead bodies of Buffellows continously. There atleast 30 bodies lying of buffellows & small calfs. The Area was stinking. In Diva area, we rescued 2 children who are stuck-up in home & parents locked them out and went for their work and did not came back. The children were sitting on Cupboard and crying for help.

We broke the door & gave them food. The work was started at 9.00 pm & over at 1.00 am. as the flood water gone away. The Basic help still needed. Drinking water & eletricity still not there. 1 Parakeet, 12 Pigeons came for treatment to us. Parakeet & 2 Pigeons died and all birds flew away after warm cloths we put on them. Abodh of WSD called & asked about animals. Dr. Sadhna of Voice of Animals Distress- New Bombay informed that many animals in her shelter died beacuse the wall fallen down through flood.

The Calf which we sent from PAWS to her shelter is also died. Regards, Nilesh PAWS,


Group Warns Against Leaving Animals Trapped to Fend for Themselves Mumbai-With recent flooding in Mumbai and reports of animals left tied to drown, PETA is offering important advice which could help save lives during disaster situations:

. Do not leave animals tied and attended. In flooding, this leaves animals helpless to drown or starve if the owner of the animals is not able to bring food. In the recent flood, a cruelty of the dairy industry, lifelong tying of animals, was highlighted. Reportedly 1000-1200 buffaloes used for milk drowned because they were left tied. Some sheep and goats trapped in illegal slaughter-houses also drowned.

. For dogs and cats and other companion animals, leave them in a secure area inside your home, but do not leave them unattended. Domesticated animals rely on human companions for many things and will be rendered nearly helpless outside in bad weather. Keep a list of hotels that accept companion animals just in case.

. All companion animals should have collars with identification. Make sure that you have a current photo of your animal companion for identification purposes, the same as you would for a child.

. If you need to evacuate your home, if at all possible, do not leave animals behind. There is no way of knowing what may happen to your home while you are away, and you may not be able to return for days or even weeks.

. Have an animal emergency kit readily available. The kit should include a harness and leash or carrier, bottled water, food and water bowls, and dry food. If you have a cat, keep litter and a small litter tray ready to go. The kit is helpful if you must grab your animals quickly or if you encounter an animal on the road in need of help. You might also need blankets to cover carriers and help keep animals calm during transport.

. If you absolutely must leave your companion animal behind, leave out at least 10 days' supply of water. Fill every bowl, pan, and container that you have with water, then set them on the floor; do not leave just one container-it may spill. Leave out at least 10 days' supply of dry food. Canned food will go bad. If you can't get to your home, contact a reliable neighbour or friend to check on the animals and get them out, if possible. Provide specific instructions on care.

. Strong winds and gusts generated by tropical storms often throw young squirrels and baby birds from their nests. Flooding from significant rainfall may also force small mammals from their subterranean homes. Following severe weather, be sure to search carefully through debris and nearby creeks and streams for animals who have been displaced from their homes. These animals may need help right away. Keep a list of veterinarians in your local area handy.

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The reasons for death of buffalos in Flash flood..

The number is 1500+....

When the reason was being discussed among us..(.about 1500+ buffaloes that died in the flash goregaon-e ..Wal bhat road....)...i blamed it all on to the consumption of white blood... why??

Consider....way back in centuary......Most families had a cow or 2 with them...they were taken good care of...and the family inturn got the milk....Killing of male calves must not have been prevalent...

U must have seen the videos of floodings in many villages...on many occasions i had seen people migrating to safe places with their livestocks and also with stray animals like dogs....They used to consider their animals as an important part of their family...

Now...Due to the mass production of milk...for the flurishing dairy industry.......The buffaloes were brought into the large meet the demands....also to reduce the cost of was necessary to keep the buffaloes nearer to the city......Well than....where is the place for nybody in the city......The tabela owners had to settle into the worst places available....many of them thus settled on the sides of these nullahs...(which are disaster prone)....from where they would find water.....possibly to wash the tabelas and bathe their cattles.....and/ or an outlet for the sewage.....

The water was rising quickly that evening...the water level had risen to about 9 feet+ that night.....people hurried to save their lives....what about animals?.......each tabelas had 200- 300 upto 600 buffaloes....what even if they thought of relasing the chains.....where would they go....on the crowded streets....on roads...where traffic had jamned...vehicles had colapsed,,,,people were running every where.....The scared animals might have hurt humans.....and consider every thing was happening very fast......No body had any idea of such a flash flood......i dont believe that there is any reason for the tabela owners to make their animals die willingly....they would've tried their best...( forget compassion...think economy from their point of view...a buffalo costs not less than 30,000 ).....why would they finish their own bussiness.....some one had even started releasing his cattles....i dont think they lived either...around 40 + buffaloes which were not chained ....were seen in the nullah.....

who is responsible than.....?????

People????...... unware of the realities of cattles in dairy industries.....??? are they responsible?????? .

.So what if i and u had stoped milk???

we might have not been much successful in spreading the message much....?? Also consider the tabelas being at some distant place....would cattles be safe there??....God knows....Disasters have been taking lives matter how much we are developed...or prepared...Nature has its own express....that we are comparison... This is what i felt when i was on the site... God bless all... Ashif.

It is surprising that the Government of India does not consider animal rights organisations working in India fit enough to be a part of the Disaster Management Committee.

GOI - NGO Disaster preparation and Response Committee

Chairman - JS, (NDM), DAC Coordinator - CARE India


World Vision of India SOS Children's Village India Ramakrishna Mission Plan international OXFAM India Trust Lutheran World Service India Red Cross Catholic Relief Services CASA CARITAS India Voluntary Health association Of India Action Aid Action for Food Production-AFPRO Indo German Social Services Society


Azam Siddiqui Master Trainer in Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) Govt of India. Member: PFA, PETA-India. Ph: +91 94350 48481

In Goregaon -e, on the Wal bhat road, not less than 1500 Buffaloes have drowned in the Flash flood, The owners did not had sufficient time as the water was rising very quickly, all of them were kept tied with chains....all of them died...specially on the eastern side of the nullah.... We had been there today.....More than....80 trucks and 10 cranes were in action.... BMC... Police all are prevent possible disaster in terms of health and hygiene. Ashif
Mumbai was standstill for two days not because of heavy monsoon record break rain fall but due to stagnation of surface water on roads, both the express highways and suburbs which was supposed to go to Arabian sea via Mithi
river. Illegal construction activities along river banks, inside the river itself has made river water flow very narrow. Mithi had already enough rain water flow from Aarey giving no chance to accommodate the drainage water in
required amount. Huge debris inside the river must have restricted the water flow to the sea. New construction activities in Bandra Kurla complex, along the link road,expantion of Sahar airport, Sea link bridge, Deteriorating
status of Kurla creek etc are also the equal sharing contributors to enhance the scenario.

How much price we have paid for this? Who is responsible? Rain god or we human monsters? What happens in last 48 hours is going to continue in future too unless Mithi river action plan is not taken on priority basis. As an
environmental expert, I am confident that present status of Mithi river in Mumbai is the root cause for these 48 painful black hours for all of us and this residual effect will remain for ever.

Dr. Nagesh Tekale