Please repeal the Animal Birth Control Dog Rules 2001 and amend other associated laws to permit removal of stray dogs and delegate powers to Municipalities, RWA's and Panchayats to decide on the handling of the stray dog menace as they deem fit.
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Honourable Prime Minister, please give our kids the freedom to go out and play or to cycle down the road. Give us the freedom to walk on our streets and jog in our parks. Please end this unlimited protection to stray dogs whose growing numbers are making us look behind our back every time we walk on the road or go out on a two wheeler. We want to play, walk, or run and cycle without fear in this land of the free.
This is not just about middle class people living in cities. This is also about youngsters, working as delivery boys chased by packs of dogs, knocked of their two wheelers, with grazed skin and broken bones and a bite or two on the legs. How about the rag pickers, small homeless children eking out a living by recycling our rubbish, regularly attacked by dogs because they are small and look dirty. Do they really get the anti rabies vaccine.
As per the World Health Organisation 36% of the worlds rabies deaths occur in India. This amounts to at least 20,000 lives sacrificed at the altar of stray doggy love.
There is no accounting for lives lost in accidents caused by dogs chasing two wheelers. They simply go down as road accidents and are not ascribed to these beloved stray doggies.
India is the diabetes capital of the world and the best prevention is walking or jogging. Can we expect people to jog or walk when the doggies rule the streets? More than a billion people who do not have access to exercise equipment and fancy gated colonies cannot even go for a brisk walk because of the fear of stray dogs. One reason for our obese unhealthy younger generation, with layers of fat is the lack of exercise, again due to fear of stray dogs roaming the streets. The death and disease caused by lack of exercise due to fear of stray dogs must be in the hundreds of thousands annually across India if not a million.
How can we have a Swachh Bharat if stray dogs are shitting and spreading rubbish all over the place? We have made it illegal for sanitation workers to manually clean human excreta but for some reason cleaning the mounting piles of dog excreta, is perfectly acceptable.
The population of stray dogs has grown exponentially since we started the present policy of sterilising stray dogs and releasing them in the same locality. The implementation of the ABCD rules 2001 have made this practice a national policy. Sir this policy has failed. It has been in implementation for around 20 years, the equivalent of two generations of stray dogs, and the stray dog population has gone up manifold.
We do not criticise those who implemented this policy. They were pioneers who tried something new, but twenty years later we know that it has failed. The smart thing to do is to scrap it.
We do not ask for any uncivilised system but request that we should follow the systems applied by the rest of the world.
There is a natural aversion to killing stray dogs and we too would like to avoid it if possible, but it should not be ruled out. Millions of chicken goats and pigs are bred and slaughtered every year for food and it is acceptable, but for some reason killing stray dogs (not for eating) to control the stray population is considered a disgusting violent act. We need to get over these double standards and allow the local municipalities and panchayats to act as they deem fit.
Is it not strange that we leave it to each state to decide if cows can be killed or not but there is a national ban on killing of stray dogs.
The WHO (http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/12/09-021209/en/) says that the dog population in India has gone out of hand and some estimates are of 25 million dogs. In another twenty years it could become 250 million if we continue our present system. Please do not literally let our country go to the dogs.
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