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Will neuter india’s stray dogs: Jairam

All stray dogs in the country, numbering an estimated 8 million, will be sterilized in the next 10 years, said Jairam Ramesh, minister of state for environment and forests, while releasing a book on animal birth control on Friday.

delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2009 01:19 IST
Chetan Chauhan

All stray dogs in the country, numbering an estimated 8 million, will be sterilized in the next 10 years, said Jairam Ramesh, minister of state for environment and forests, while releasing a book on animal birth control on Friday.

Unable to reproduce strays will gradually die out, eradicating rabies, which kills around 20,000 people in India annually, according to WHO estimates.

Around Rs 400 crores is also spent every year importing rabies vaccine to treat dog bite cases.

“We’re working on a plan to sterilise dogs, which will be circulated to all municipal bodies in the next fortnight,” Ramesh told HT. “Municipal bodies will have to set themselves a timeframe to implement it.”

One city has already done so. Three years ago, Chennai’s municipal corporation began systematically sterilizing its strays. “In 2008 there wasn’t a single rabies case in Chennai,” said Major General R.M. Kharb (retd), chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India, which formulated the plan.