KOCHI: A month after the state Director General of Police issued a directive to take action against those engaged in killing stray dogs, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said that no cases will be filed against those who kill rabid dogs.
The minister, who is also an animal lover, in a Facebook post, expressed concern over the growing instances of rabid dogs attacking people.
“I am an animal lover, who loves to feed and nurture them. However, the state is facing such a precarious situation where stray and rabid dogs bite and attack people injuring them seriously. It has became a serious situation and is affecting the daily life of people. Hence, we cannot sit by and watch the situation idly. There is nothing wrong in killing those dogs which attack and spread rabies. No case registered against anybody who does kills such animals,” said the Minister.
Numerous cases of dog bites have been reported across the state in recent months and there has been an huge public outcry demanding culling of these violent dogs. Recently, three persons belonging to ‘Theruvu Naaya Unmoolana Sangam’ (Stray Dog Eradication Group) were arrested for allegedly culling four animals at Perumbavoor near here.
The arrests comes after the DGP directed the district police chiefs to take necessary action against those engaged in illegal culling of stray dogs, acting upon a letter from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). The minister’s statement apparently comes in the wake of widespread public protest against the police decision to arrest the three men.
AWBI had asked the police to take action against the group and industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappilly who supported the move. Chittilappilly has announced that he will be staging a 24-hour hunger strike on Sunday in protest against the failure of the authorities in containing the stray dog menace.
Last month, the state government had directed civic bodies to take necessary steps to control rapidly increasing number of strays. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had assured that animal birth control, vaccination and providing treatment to dog bite victims are part of programmes proposed to tackle the menace.
The states’ tourism sector has been on the receiving end since last couple of months with a group of animal activists and AWBI launching an online campaign ‘#boycottKerala’ in the social networking mediums over the stray dog issue in the state.