Staff Reporter

Dog lovers stage demonstration; term method of catching dogs inhumane

BANGALORE: Emotions ran high at a protest here by a few dog lovers who were against the way the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike was catching dogs and putting some of them to sleep. Terming the action as a political gimmick, the dog lovers charged the media with sensationalising the issue and creating a scare about stray dogs.

"There has not been any case of rabies reported in the city. You people (referring to the media) should check the facts before reporting. You are all driven by the organisation `Stray dog free Bangalore' and are writing in favour of culling of dogs," said a dog lover.

Around 30 dog lovers marched from Mayo Hall and staged a demonstration near Queen Statue. The protestors charged the palike personnel, including the team from Kerala, with inhumanly catching dogs, many of which were innocent. No tests had been done to check the ferocity of the dogs before putting them to sleep.

"Some dogs have been set on fire and acid has been thrown on a few of them. There is no rationale for such a mode of putting to sleep the dogs," said Mona Webber.

Levin, another protestor, said the palike should first clear the garbage, including human body parts being disposed of as medical waste. "Such waste will make the dogs come in contact with human blood and make them ferocious," he said. Mr. Levin said making all the dogs stay together would expose them to attacks by rabies-infected dogs.

Making a resolve to prevent dogs from being picked, the dog lovers said there was a need to scientifically study the reason for the change in the behaviour of the dogs. "Eliminating dogs would increase cases of thefts," Sheetal Prabhu said. The Government should provide funds for making anti-rabies vaccine available across the State.

Jairaj meets Governor

Palike commissioner K. Jairaj met Governor T.N. Chaturvedi and assured him of implementing the animal birth control programme according to law.

Mr. Jairaj's visit was in response to a letter by the Governor condemning the move to indiscriminately cull street dogs in Bangalore and Mysore.

According to a press note, Mr. Jairaj briefed the Governor about the measures taken by the palike. The BBMP was committed to ensuring the safety of the citizens, the release said.