BBMP to extend ABC Programme to newly added areas under its jurisdiction
NGOs against scrapping of programme `BBMP should improve its solid waste management'
BANGALORE: The death of Manjunath and Sridevi, attacked by street dogs in the space of two months, has put the city's administration and NGOs involved in the dog control programme under pressure.
In the backdrop of protests and three more dog-bite cases reported in the city, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) held a meeting with NGOs involved in the Animal Birth Control (ABC) Programme. With the media and politicians blaming the NGOs for not effectively executing the ABC programme, NGOs reportedly offered to withdraw from the initiative. "If the BBMP is not happy, then it can take over the programme," Suparna Ganguly, vice-president of Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) told The Hindu.
The NGOs involved in the ABC Programme CUPA, Animal Rights Fund, Krupa and Karuna said it should not be scrapped, but at the same time asked the BBMP to improve its solid waste management and extend help to the public to monitor dogs in their area.
Poornima Harish of ARF said the programme was being implemented in isolation. "The BBMP must clear garbage effectively and insist on breeders obtaining licences. There has been an increase in the stray dog numbers as many pet dogs are abandoned because they do not match the breeders' expectations."
Ms. Ganguly called for public participation in the issue "We need help in monitoring the packs."Animal welfare organisations are against culling as they say it creates a space for dogs from other areas to enter and claim territorial space.
Following the meeting, the BBMP decided to extend the ABC Programme to the newly added areas under its jurisdiction. It will increase the number of vans to catch dogs, close down unauthorised meat shops, intensify dog-catching drives and ask owners to obtain dog licences.
The Bharat Earth Movers Limited on Friday announced that Rs. 3 lakh had been "paid as special consideration" to Manjunath's family. A communiqué said it would construct a compound wall around the township.