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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)
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)
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)
DON'T KILL THE CITY SNAKES GIVE THEM A FAIR CHANCE OF SURVIVAL
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,
In Defence of Animals, India
7, Shanti Kunj, 124, Hindu Colony, 5th Lane,
Dadar, Mumbai 400 014.
|During such calamities, relief measures for animals should also be
a part of Relief Programme
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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, email@example.com
PETA OFFERS INFORMATION FOR SAFEGUARDING ANIMALS DURING NATURAL DISASTERS
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.
For more information, visit www.PETAIndia.com
reasons for death of buffalos in Flash flood..
The number is 1500+....
|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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 working.....to prevent possible disaster in terms of health and hygiene. Ashif email@example.com|
|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
Dr. Nagesh Tekale