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Stray dog menace: HT reader's take

Most readers are of the view that killing stray dogs cannot be justified; many have suggested steps to control breeding of animals

chandigarh Updated: May 19, 2014 17:20 IST

Most readers are of the view that killing stray dogs cannot be justified; many have suggested steps to control breeding of animals


No harm in killing them

When we can kill birds and animals for joyful feasts, where is the harm in killing the notorious and dangerous species of street dogs, which are a threat to the life of citizens? Moreover, most stray dogs are profusely bleeding due to their mutual quarrel and their plight is more pitiable than having been given a peaceful death. We ought not to compromise good living conditions for honourable citizens by keeping these undesirable elements on the streets. MPS Chadha, SAS Nagar

Judicial killing

Sterilisation does not prevent dog bites. On the other hand, culinary tradition or feeding to carnivores in zoos is economical and useful. Thereafter, releasing them in jungles after being free from any kind of disease is the best solution, provided the authorities do not fail in the process like other tried alternatives. If nations can resort to judicial killing of human beings to save their territories from internal and external aggressors, then why hesitate in taking the step in this case. Jadi Khahra, SAS Nagar

Not killing them shows impotence of authorities

It is unfortunate that the so-called animal welfare groups wield so much influence in our country that they can prevent authorities from acting in the interest of the general public and wildlife. It also shows the impotence of the authorities. Being an environmentalist, I know that packs of feral dogs have become aggressive and kill unsuspecting children and wildlife, spreading disease and terror. If a person can kill another in self defense, and the district authority can do the same for security of public, why do they not act in the case of packs of dangerous dogs? Are lives of humans and endangered wildlife of no importance? Gurpreet Singh, via email

Not on verge of extinction, so no harm in killing them

Recently, my neighbour went to fetch milk from a nearby booth, and the poor man came back bleeding profusely after being bitten by a stray dog. Municipal Corporation needs to mend its ways and speed up the sterilisation programme, which it follows half-heartedly. Dog pounds on the outskirts of the city need to be constructed. Dogs are not on the verge of extinction, so scientifically talking, if they are creating a havoc, there is no harm in getting rid of them by killing them. Baljinder Kaur, Chandigarh

Stray dogs should be killed, if required

If NGOs give preference to an animal’s life more than a human being’s life, that day is not far when the city will be converted into a jungle. To solve this menace, methods of sheltering, killing and sterilisation and vaccination should be used simultaneously. Also, if required, for the welfare of public, killing of dogs should be done, but as a one-time act only. In future, MC must take full responsibility to keep check on their population. Er Seema Bahga, Chandigarh

Killing the only solution left

People have stopped taking walks because of fear of dog bite. If all else fails, a mass movement to frame a law for killing of stray dogs needs to be initiated. Animal lovers cry foul over death of a dog, but have no sympathy for the suffering of human beings, especially children, who fall prey to such animals. Killing is not the last, but the only resort left. Raghunath Chhabra, Chandigarh

MC useless, killing justified

Yes, stray dogs should be killed. The MC and PFA are useless bodies and never respond to our calls. There is a gang of 15-20 dogs in my neighbourhood and we can’t let our children play outside.Moreover, they howl at midnight, making it difficult for us to sleep. Pankaj Bansal, Chandigarh


Killing them won’t do anyone good

Killing is never a deed that will bring any good to anyone. Taking innocent lives is never justified, no matter what the excuse. There is a dire need for awareness toward dogs. Stray dogs need to be adopted. As for dogs biting people, humans are not the only life form that reciprocates, dogs do too. We abuse and mistreat them, and they have every right to retaliate. This should result in their being taken care of and loved, not killed. Amar, via email

Exterminating them is constitutionally wrong

Such a step is constitutionally wrong. If the administration contemplates on taking a step like this, there would be a nationwide backlash. The authorities must take stock of the situation and adopt humane measures to protect both humans and animals. Some steps that can be taken are vaccination, sterilisation drive, creating feeding points in various pockets and creating awareness for an inclusive approach by humans towards all animals, including stray dogs. Aruna Dhir, via email

Killing is patently inhumane

Dog shelters must be constructed to keep stray dogs. They should be taken off the streets for safety of all by employing dog catchers. Killing is inhumane. The effective solution is to sterilise dogs, vaccinate them against rabies, and shift them to dog shelters or forest areas. Vineet Kapoor, Panchkula

Animal lovers can help by rounding them up

Killing is not a way out; it is just cruelty. Sanitation is one of the basic problems resulting in stray dogs crowding around garbage bins. Owners of meat shops also dump waste in drains which attract stray canines. MC must concentrate on clearing garbage heaps and closing down unlicensed meat shops. Animal lovers can help by rounding them up and keeping them in custody until good homes are found for them. Dr Shruti K Chawla, Chandigarh

Killing can’t be justified

Act of killing a living being can never be justified. Instead, strict action needs to be taken. Dog catchers should be alert and catch all stray dogs. Dogs should be sterilised and tagged. People should be asked to report to dog catchers if they find any street dogs near their locality. Ishita Agarwal, Chandigarh

Dogs are an important part of the ecosystem

Killing stray dogs is not a solution. They are an important part of the ecosystem. We have no right to take their lives. The issue can be resolved by sending them away from the city, where they can live peacefully. Vikas, Chandigarh

Let’s be a kind society

Killing a life is the worst solution. Let’s be a kind society. It is people who mistreat dogs, because of which they bite. Please come up with a humane solution. Let us help the authorities sterilise them, vaccinate them, and be gentle towards them. Payal Tipper, via email

First, tag them as stray

Dogs are considered to be man’s best friends, but only if given love and care. If not, they turn into abandoned stray dogs and wander aimlessly. To tackle stray dog menace, the first thing to do is to tag them as stray, so that residents remain cautious. This will also facilitate their timely sterilising and vaccination, hence lessening the threat. Ritika Kamboj, Chandigarh

MC should help residents in adopting them

Killing stray dogs is the lowest point where we, as a society, can go. Civic body officials should focus on creating awareness about dogs and help people adopt these loyal friends. Karanveer S Aulakh, Chandigarh

Killing them is outright cruel

I do not support the thought of killing dogs because people, especially children, irritate and harm them, and later cry over dog bites. Killing stray dogs is cruel and inhuman. Karan, via email

Be humane to them

Killing stray dogs is not the right way to put an end to this menace. Instead, MC should come up with shelters and keep dogs there after sterilisation. Action should be swiftly taken to stop the menace. Mohit Sharma, Chandigarh

NGOs, government institutions should take charge

This menace is just like that of chain snatching, thefts, roadside brawls, sexual harassment, and rape attempts. Can society kill people who commit these crimes? NGOs and government institutions like veterinary hospitals can take charge of the situation and aim for 100% sterilisation. Authorities should introduce immediate response vans for catching stray dogs. These should be taken to veterinary hospitals for sterilisation. Arvinder Singh, via email

Dogs, too, suffer in silence

The dog that bit so many people in Sector 20 was a rabid one. Though the incident was unfortunate, and the rabid or terminally-ill dogs should be put to rest, a pragmatic solution is the need of the hour. Dogs bark at people whom they are afraid of or find suspicious, and bite people who hit them. However, what about the cruelty inflicted by humans on dogs? Since they can’t speak for themselves, they suffer in silence. If the dog population has increased, it is because of the MC’s inefficiency. Nikki Latta, via email

Sterilisation the only answer

Sterilisation is the only practical and humane answer to solve this problem. If authorities can sanction a separate place meant only for the ABC sterilisation programme, the process can take place in a more systematic manner. If we resort to large-scale killing of dogs, then what is the difference between us and these ‘dangerous’ animals? Roopika, via email

Illegal to kill stray dogs

Stray animals - including dogs - have not materialised out of thin air. India has stray animals because of a multitude of reasons - increasingly unplanned urbanisation, lack of garbage disposal, lack of hygienic slaughtering and meat packaging, among others. There is a system in place to manage stray dog population as it is mandated by law: sterilisation and vaccination. Despite shortage of funds, they are being sterilised and vaccinated routinely. Also, there are a large number of compassionate residents who also get dogs sterilised and vaccinated at their own expense. Killing dogs is illegal. Smita Joshi, via email

Need better protection laws

The MC is apathetic towards the issue of stray dog menace. Killing of the animal could be a solution, but God hasn’t given the right to kill to us humans. The MC needs better safety and protection laws for both humans and animals. Stray animals should be given a shelter and be sterilised to stop the increase in their population. At the same time, state level pet-keeping rules should be announced and any one violating those be fined. Manjinder Pal Singh, SAS Nagar

Stop discriminating against animals

Animals never attack until attacked first. They never kill for pleasure, unlike humans. Why aren’t we thinking of random extermination of humans who rape, molest, and rob? This is unfair and this rage against animals must be stopped. Avantika Pruthi, via email

The only logical thing to do is sterilisation

Stray dogs are loyal, friendly, and most of them are abandoned. They deserve a chance at a better life, like everyone else. The only logical thing to do is to sterilise them. We are not gods and we don’t need to act like one. Parwaan, via email

Administer rabies shots and put them back on streets

I am disturbed that educated people of our city are not able to come up with ethically correct and humane ways of tackling dog menace. What can really be done is making shelters that concentrate on neutering and spaying. After operation, dogs should be injected with rabies injections and put back on the streets with collars that mention history of treatment, date etc. Gagan Chandhoke, Chandigarh

Immediate overhaul needed

Everybody in the city feels scared and unsafe because of the dog menace. I am not in favour of killing of life in any form, but preventive measures must be taken. Instead of taking steps, local authorities offer lame excuses to cover-up their acts of negligence. Moreover, the inadequate and inefficient treatment facilities for the rabies victims and no compensation for them make the already grave situation more critical. It’s time for an immediate overhaul of the entire machinery to make it deliver. JS Jaspal, via email

Support animal shelters

Is killing stray dogs really the solution? Should we, as a so called civilised society, not be more responsible? Looking at the root cause, exploring the option of sterilisation, spreading awareness about adoption, and supporting animal shelters is a more humane outlook to this problem. This will help sensitise the society and promote a responsible attitude towards stray animals. Dr Ritu Sidhu, Chandigarh

Adopt a street dog

The idea of killing street dogs is not only unethical, but highly unbecoming of people who come from a civilised city like ours. There are many other ways of controlling their population. Authorities should start ABC programme with a unit being dedicated only towards this cause. If this programme is carried out efficiently, we will soon see the results of it. Also, I request readers to please try and adopt at least one street dog. Navjot Grewal, via email

Adoption centres needed

There are pet centers in other parts of the world where you see no stray animal loitering around on streets. We need a similar setup with adoption centres and welfare organisations in Chandigarh. Janvi, Chandigarh

Chalk out a plan with help from rescue workers

Killing is neither a solution, nor an end to any problem. What is our MC doing to take care of these dogs in the first place? Ours is a small group of rescuers trying to make a difference by fostering, rescuing, vaccinating and neutering stray dogs with our own resources. If the government can put together a plan with the help of NGOs and rescue workers all over the country, we can solve this problem in no time. Simmy Harding, via email

Implement animal birth control programme

WHO has suggested that killing is not a solution to check rabies, but Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme is. The ABC rules were notified by the government, and local bodies have been entrusted with the task to implement these. However, neither a civic body, nor any Panchayat has carried out the programme. Dr Sandeep K Jain, Animal Welfare Board of India member

Adopt a stray dog

ABC is the most viable and sensible way of managing the stray dog population. What is lacking is the sincerity and political will on part of the authorities. We cannot condemn a speechless being for behaving under pure instinct. If every home adopted an Indian dog and cared for it, there would be no strays anywhere. Sehej Gulati, Amritsar

Vaccinate stray dogs

The only way to control strays is to neuter and vaccinate them. People should take initiative to adopt these dogs. Providing shelter to strays will not only secure them, but also the neighbourhood. Sahiba Rehncy, via email

Create dog pounds

Creating dog pounds, whereby females be kept separately, will help. The MC office must ensure that every female of the right age is completely devoid of giving birth to a life, rather than snuffing its life. Meanwhile, dogs must also be vaccinated. Meenakshi Ahlawat, via email


Kill those suffering from communicable diseases

We can think of other solutions to curb stray dog menace. Along with sterilisation, people should be motivated to keep stray dogs as pets rather than going for exotic breeds. Dog pounds should be made functional. Kill dogs suffering from a disease which is communicable to humans. Ranju, Chandigarh

Stop feeding stray dogs

The root cause of the problem is lack of adequate drive by the MC to sterilise stray dogs, and we the citizens feeding them in front of our houses. Animal activists also add to the problem by preventing harsher actions to minimise the problem. The solution lies in strengthening the hands of the MC by equipping them with adequate staff to sterilise dogs, as also eliminating those which go mad and bite people freely. Col RD Singh ( retd), Ambala Cantt

Animal rights activists should take charge

Dog killing is not the only solution, but it is important to understand that the infected stray dogs can prove fatal for residents. Animal right activists must take charge if they feel dog killing is unethical, because any step taken by any other agency would be unacceptable to these organisations. Vikas Kamboj, Chandigarh