A group of prominent people in Dehradun have started a social campaign via WhatsApp requesting other people to not to feed stray dogs in their locality. They believe that stray dogs in the locality are a nuisance and regularly assault the workers and bike riders.
Their campaign says that the people who feed stray dogs should be held responsible for any assault on people by those stray dogs. They will have to pay the medical bills for badly assaulted people by the pack of stray dogs.
Reason of running a social campaign
Soumya Prasad, a professor at Jawahar Lal Nehru University said,
“The stray dogs being territorial animals occupy the area where they are fed. They also breed robustly after every three months. Such dogs create menace for people living in the area and are more aggressive towards the softer targets such as old persons, children and women. Those who feed should take complete responsibility for their action and compassion should not end at feeding stray animals. Either they should adopt the stray dogs as I have done or the local authorities must charge them a fee to pay for the medical expenses of collateral damage caused by this action.”
Mr. G.Rohini, a chief justice of Delhi high court said,
“It was rather strange that people feed stray dogs and allow them within the common area of a society, causing nuisance and inconvenience to others. If you have a pet and you are feeding it, it is ok. But if you are feeding stray dogs and they are causing inconvenience to others, it is not good.”
“It has become difficult to walk around my house in cantonment where several dogs chase female or bitches with their puppies, scare people away,” said by Smita Nair, researcher on elephants.
Sanjiv Shrivastava, who runs Vipashana centre in Dehradun said,
“We Indians will never accept the strong measures adopted by many countries like culling to minimize the dogs’ population but we can certainly opt for softer options such as castration of all male dogs within a short span. In ten years, their population will get stabilized at small number.”
Reference :The Times Of India
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