Kerala: Gram Panchayats seek to 'export' stray dogs to China, S Korea
In a controversial move, gram panchayat presidents in a Kerala district have adopted a resolution proposing that the canines be "exported" to South Korea, China and the northeast, to counter the rising menace of stray dogs.
The resolution was introduced by Edakkttuvayal Grama Panchayat President K R Jayakumar at the meeting of the Ernakulam district Panchayat Presidents' Association held at Edathala near Aluva yesterday.
"In my proposal to counter the menace of stray dogs, I suggested that we should utilise the opportunity. We should export stray dog meat to generate foreign money.
"People in northeast and countries like China and South Korea consume dog meat on a large scale. If we export canines to these countries, we can address the problems of stray dog attacks on humans," Jayakumar said.
He said if the state government accepts the resolution, more people can come forward to start dog farms to generate income.
Jayakumar's resolution, supported by MAM Muneer, president of Edathala Grama Panchayat, was unanimously adopted by fellow gram panchayat presidents from the district.
The resolution came at a time when Kerala government is seeking a comprehensive plan, including Animal Birth Control programme (ABC) and culling of violent and rabies-infected canines, to put an end to the menace.
At a meeting called to discuss the issue last week, chief minister Oommen Chandy had asked local self-governments to formulate a comprehensive plan to provide protection to people from the attack of stray dogs.
During 2014-15, some 1.06 lakh people in Kerala were bitten by dogs.
Union minister Maneka Gandhi has expressed concern over the way local bodies in Kerala handle stray dog menace.