On 11th July 2018, a tragic incident unfolded as an eight-year old boy died after being bitten by street dogs in Bareilly, UP. This unfortunate incident could lead to potential retaliatory street-dog killing, especially in the wake of Uttar Pradesh’s recent Sitapur incident, where over a 100 street dogs were killed in response to the deaths of 14 children. Such conflict is tragic, for both people and animals, and can be averted through long-term, systematic, preventive measures that are put in place by local authorities and backed by the state government. These include Animal Birth Control, Anti–Rabies Vaccinations for street dogs, education for the public – especially children – on dog-bite and rabies prevention, post-bite counseling support for dog-bite patients, and appropriate waste management.
Many dogs have been killed due to the lack of such measures, and still more will be killed if the government does not step up. Life is precious and must not be squandered away, and having these checks in place will make sure that no one – human or animal – is hurt. Let us join our hands together to dissuade any further attacks on street-dogs, and avoid a massacre like the Sitapur dog killing. It’s time we all co-habited peacefully and safely.