Members of Mission Aagaaz, an NGO dedicated to preservation of the environment, have appealed to residents here to adopt a sympathetic attitude towards all animals, including stray dogs, cows and buffalos.
The NGO has urged the state government to hold district-level programmes during Wildlife Protection Week to seek suggestions from residents on how to care for stray animals. Such programmes could increase love for animals, said the members. The wildlife week ends on Sunday.
Mission Aagaaz's meeting was held at its office here on Saturday during which programmes carried out by the government during Wildlife Protection Week were reviewed. The NGO has requested the media not to use words such as menace for stray dogs, which they said created hatred for the homeless creatures among people.
Members pointed out that the government only puts out advertisements in newspapers as part of observing wildlife week but little is done at the ground level.
They said forest area was depleting while more space was being utilised for raising concrete jungles.
"This surge in erecting malls and other infrastructure at the cost of green cover has not only caused loss to humans but also shrunk the natural habitat of birds and animals," a resolution passed at the meeting stated. "Rampant use of polythene has also caused death of several animals. The ban on polythene was not being implemented effectively."
"The Punjab government should learn from its Haryana counterpart that shut down all butcheries in the state during the wildlife week," the members said.