The state government announced that it would ask the Supreme Court for permission to euthanize aggressive and rabies-infected stray dogs in light of the rising number of incidents of lethal stray dog behaviour and rabies deaths. The decision was made, according to local self-government minister MB Rajesh, following a high-level meeting called to discuss the dire situation brought on by stray dogs in the state. A mass vaccination programme for animals would be carried out from September 20 through October 20 as part of his other announcement.
Under the local authorities’ programme, approximately 10,000 dogs will receive vaccinations every day. The state has long struggled with the stray dog problem. According to information currently available, there are an estimated 280,000 stray animals living on Kerala’s streets, and their numbers are increasing by 20% annually. In addition, 900,000 additional dogs are kept as pets in Kerala. Approximately 100,000 people have been bitten by stray dogs this year so far, and 21 rabies-related fatalities have been documented.
A strange man named Sameer, 50, was seen escorting children to a local madrassa in Kasaragod while brandishing a gun to deter any untoward incidents as a form of protest against the stray dog menace in Kerala. Sameer claimed that the threat had gotten out of hand and that it was difficult for students to cross the street. However, India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan has adopted a different stance in light of reports of mass dog killings and dog attacks on people, particularly children, in Kerala.
In order to safeguard themselves from increasing dog attacks, he urged residents of Kerala to reconsider killing dogs. A few activists have appealed the case to the Supreme Court, arguing against the killing of the dogs and offering a range of potential solutions. They claimed that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which prohibits the killing of any animal (including stray dogs) by any means, would be violated if the court permitted the culling of the strays.
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