Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) was informed on Monday that the monkey menace in residential localities could be eliminated if people stop feeding monkeys.

Animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi told the court that the nuisance of monkeys was the creation of people themselves. While some people in localities fed the animals regularly, there were others who protested against their actions. The monkeys would vanish if the feeding was stopped, she said.

Ms. Gandhi sought land for Hyderabad-based youth Raju who was an expert in catching snakes. If land was allotted to him, he could tame the snakes before releasing them into natural habitat.

Blue Cross representative Amala Akkineni said the organisation had successfully implemented sterilisation and vaccination programme on dogs in Ameerpet, Yousufguda, Borabanda and nearby areas of the city. There was not a single dog bite in the localities. Pre-summer that was the breeding season of dogs was vulnerable to dog bites, she said.

A student of Koti Women's College Swetha regretted that the municipal authorities caught all dogs at the college after one of them strayed into the campus and bit eight students.

`Temperament' factor

Additional Commissioner of MCH R. Rammohan Rao said the college authorities did not lodge any complaints on dog menace on the campus. An official of the Animal Husbandry Department Mohan explained that the dogs were driven by `temperament' in biting human beings.