A week after Hollywood actress Pamela Anderson wrote to Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak, urging him not to kill stray dogs, and instead carry out their sterilisation effectively, Phatak replied to the former Baywatch star’s letter, saying he was duty-bound to implement the law as interpreted by the courts.
Anderson had sent a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner’s chief through the non-governmental organisation People for Ethical Treatment to Animals. Her letter followed an order by the Bombay High court over the killing of stray dogs. “In India, we implement the laws enacted by the Indian legislature as interpreted by the Indian courts. The high court at Mumbai has given new interpretation of law…’ Phatak has said in the letter, adding, “We are duty-bound to implement the law as interpreted by the courts in India.”
Stating that she expected progressive action would be taken on the issue, Anderson’s letter had said that she would, during her next visit to India, discuss the matter with the civic commissioner.
To this, Phatak replied, “You are welcome to meet me during your next visit to India.”