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What is the reason behind Kerela dog massacre?

Minimum 15 dogs were allegedly slammed onto the floor until they died. 40 stray dogs were brutally killed at Kalady Grama panchayat in Ernakulam district by civic body authorities. The dead dogs were reportedly taken in a goods auto rickshaw and buried. This is what is happening in Kerala, terrifying right? Where is humanity?

What gave birth to this terrifying practice?

Kerala is reeling under the stray dog menace as incidents of dog bites and culling of the animal have sent shockwaves across the country. As many as 21 deaths due to rabies were recounted in Kerala so far this year out of which 15 had not amassed anti-rabies vaccine. In Kerala's Kottayam district, a street dog - reportedly accused of attacking people - was beaten to death and then publicly strung up.

That was not the only incident, as more than a dozen stray dogs were found dead allegedly due to poisoning in some areas of the southern state. While these actions appear inhumane, some believe that in the prevailing situation in the state.

Is the government's decision correct?

The government mentioned, "The State Administration must remind itself of the fact that in its role as a welfare State, it is obliged to protect the citizens from the attack of ferocious dogs by identifying and containing such dogs and removing them from public spaces.”

The amicus curiae in the case pointed out that there are reports of unauthorized killings of community dogs. The court directed, “Taking note of the incidents said State Administration is taking necessary steps to contain the incidents of dog bites, the citizenry shall also refrain from taking the law into their own hands by inflicting unnecessary harm on community dogs.”

Programs and plans exercised to stop its continuation:

The government had already imprisoned people who indulged in the unauthorized killing of community dogs, besides this, The CM of Kerala said "This problem cannot be solved by killing the dogs. Registration of pet dogs will be made mandatory in the state”.

Kerala minister Chinchu Rani said the killing of rabid dogs was not permitted.

According to the Animal Welfare Board of India guidelines, they are to be tied up and kept in isolation till they die on their own within 10 days of showing clinical signs of the disease.

To allay public fears, the government has announced a slew of measures including a state-wide mass vaccination campaign from 20th September 2022 to 20th October 2022 for vaccinating stray and pet dogs.


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