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Should we kill our stray dogs?

July 9, 2007

Stray dogs have been in the news lately. In fact the Mumbai Municipal Commissioner created quite a stir when he said that “stray dogs must be killed” as that is the world-wide practice. That is how advanced countries have got rid of stray dogs. So is he right when he said that?

Well, it seems to be true in China. And small governments like that of Samoa (islands in the Pacific Ocean), Romania and Turkey all seem to be culling dogs. And what about the more advanced countries? Well this news report refers to the United Kingdom:

Nearly 10,000 stray dogs were destroyed by local authorities in the UK last year (2003), according to a new survey by the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. According to Dogs Trust, an average of one dog per hour was being put to sleep simply because their owners could not be traced or new homes found for them.

Certain places in the U. S. also have had (still have?) a big dog problem. This 2003 news report says:

Farms aren’t the only place where these animals may be found. Low-income, high-crime neighborhoods in cities like Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, are being overrun by tens of thousands of unwanted dogs, says Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue in St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that saves street dogs. “The problem is only going to get worse,” he said. “Animal control agencies and humane societies don’t want to deal with it. It’s just too overwhelming.”

And as its mentioned here there was a shoot and kill policy in place at one time. In fact from this site I realised that dogs are often killed in animal shelters in the United states, and that is why now a strong movement has started to stop this. Today there are no kill shelters throughout the United States.

So, stray dogs have been killed in almost every country at some time or the other. And in most countries this is still happening. Countries which have a limited stray dog population have started to adopt more humane methods of controlling dogs.

Actually, I am not for killing of dogs…I abhor violence. At the same time I cannot help but wonder how our weak municipalities will deal with this problem – a problem where small kids are becoming victims of dog attacks. Its a terrible dilemma.

While I wish I could say…

Get off your backsides and do some work you lazy good-for-nothing municipal corporations. Clean up the city instead of killing dogs! Its you who created this problem in the first place!!

…what happens if our city corporations actually wake up and clean the city on a war footing? What if all the mounds of garbage disappear and the 2-3 lakhs of stray dogs in various cities have nothing to eat? I shudder to think what they will do. Sterilized or not, dogs need food!

If I say: “Kill the dogs ” I will feel guilty.

If I say: “Sterilize them, vaccinate them!” Well, thats the right solution, but I am not sure whether the cities are capable of doing it.

In the case of Mumbai, the Supreme Court will take the call. The Mumbai Municipal corporation has asked the Supreme court for permission to kill stray dogs. Earlier the High Court had prohibited the killing of dogs and ordered the municipal corporation to sterilize them instead.

Related Reading: Stray dogs are a huge problem in Indian cities
Tigers in India down to a thousand??
The vanishing sparrows of the world
History proves that humans exterminate species and make them extinct
Crows being culled in some parts of the world

(photo taken by me in Mumbai)

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  1. July 9, 2007 10:03 am

    I dont advocate killing of dogs, but there has to be some solution rather than leaving them on roads. And one thing that always amazes me is the number of blog posts I see when dogs are killed are much more than when a kid is killed by a dog!

    • hunter permalink
      April 5, 2012 10:00 pm

      i think this is mean how would you feel if some on put you down just for liven on the streets, help them not leave them.plus think WW2 hitler killed the jews. thing how they felt and think how dog fell.don’t sit there and say there just dogs. they have feelings too.

    • May 22, 2012 11:25 pm

      NO, DOGS DONT KILL or chase pple fr no reason..They do it in retailiation agnst the injst n barberic behaviour of humans n more than often for no reason.Itz d pple who gve them pain n evrytime the dogs are blamed bcz they cannot project their complaints,pain,anger etc.Y pple dont see dis angle….there r pple who hit the dogs brutelly fr no reason…I hv seen it all the times….d children do it all d time…n I hv seen dogs avoiding retaliation as mch as possible…bt these pple kp doing it till d dog loses patience n decides to chase bt not bite….then d pple scream dat d dog is chasing….some of them r evn aware that it wz d childs fault….bt turn a blind eye…..Result,d dog is beaten brutally,killed or maimed fr life.If alive …he chases others too!! Agn dog is blamed….U tell me Whoz fault wz it…????

      • Brijesh Kakra permalink
        May 27, 2012 6:51 pm

        Yes I agree with you. I have too observed that stray dogs barks only on retaliation and on those who have any time teased or harmed them.Children generally throw stones at them that is why they get agitated on seeing them. Killing of dogs is not only a cruelty against speechless and helpless animals but a crime too. If any body is so concerned about them why do not they provide a Salter or home to them, they have also right to live their life as we humans have. Who advocates of killing them should first be killed. Dogs spent their whole life on Humans feet and they are talking about of their killing. SHAMELESS FELLOWS

    • July 21, 2012 7:27 pm

      How abt culling ‘human’ beings to control poulation explosion/ poverty/ illeteracy/ crime/ pollution etc ???????

      U really think thats the solution!!!!!

  2. July 9, 2007 10:04 am

    yes, when dog attacks became a menace in bangalore… garbage dump were found to be the reason

  3. July 9, 2007 2:58 pm

    If all other developed countries are following the practice why are we objecting to it.? Finally where will these dogs go?
    You spray pestcide inside your home to keep your home clean and bug free…so whats the problem to killing of dogs? Is it bcos they dont enter your house? So you are least bothered …?

    When some one wants to take action we become a hurdle..

    when u say “What if all the mounds of garbage disappear and the 2-3 lakhs of stray dogs in various cities have nothing to eat? I shudder to think what they will do. Sterilized or not, dogs need food! ” what you mean? Let the dogs die by hunger? let them go crazy and become like a mad dog to increase no of bites/human?

    Kill them or suffer bcos there is no other way..if its there,kindly suggest.

    Please keep the hate mails to 10 per day :-)

    • shama permalink
      May 22, 2012 10:32 pm

      Itz REALLY A SHAME on pple who support killing of street dogs….jstb bcz dey r stray n therefore a nuisance,is a Vrrrry wrng concept..Dogs cannot spk out their prblms….I hv seen pple hitting dogs on streets fr no reason..not only hittng them bt maiming them fr life.Dogs will then defintly chase pple bark n also bite to xpress their anger n pain…I hv seen fathers forcing their child to hit sleeping dogs on their heads….n whn the dog chased in retaliation…he brought a huge stick wch hd 10-12 nails on it n beat up d dogs mercilessly.I objected bt this sycho threatned me wth the same consequence.I told him it wz his childs fault….his rply wz….Dogs r meant to be hit n he dosnt care who wz at fault..Now of course dese dogs chase pple….n on top of it the same guy rportd to munsplty n got those dogs tkn awy….I strpngly objected to it…bt nobdy wz wth me….Cz dat man projected the dogs as culprits…..U SHOULD HV SEEN,Hw brutally dese dogs wr being caught n dragged 40-50 yards by a forked iron rod….Inspite of being hit or brutally injured by such pple,they hd NVR bitten any1….N dis wz the cruellest punishment fr them…..U tell me now,,,,,DID THEY DSRV DIS PUNISHMENT????

  4. July 9, 2007 4:58 pm

    When I said if there is no garbage, I meant that dogs will bite and attack humans. They will start entering homes. Any animal will do anything for food, for surival. But as this prospect (of clean cities) is very far away, this situation will not arise. :)
    You know Nitin, whoever I talk to is not against killing stray dogs. I think the public in general are not, but I may be wrong. But there are animal rights groups and animal lovers who are against it. In all countries.
    I was thinking about what you said…why are dogs not allowed to be killed by the High court, at least here in Maharashtra ? After all in our country we kill goats and chicken to eat them. Are animal lovers upset because a dog is considered man’s best friend? Is killing to eat acceptable but killing for safety of citizens not alirght?
    I don’t know the answers to these questions but I do know that if I had a small child I would would want my child to be able to play safely in the colony compound.
    The problem is that the municipalities wil not sterilize and vaccinate the dogs….lets face the truth, the reality. City municipalities all over the world get rid of excess dogs by killing them. Whether what they are doing is right or wrong is not the issue, the issue finding a solution.
    And don’t worry about hate mails. All my comments are in moderation and I don’t publish comments by people without brains. I firmly believe that when people are dumb the only thing they can think of is abuses. They are incapable of presenting a rational argument. Also dumb people cannot understand what is the meaning of discussion, they are incapable of thinking actually. :)

  5. July 9, 2007 5:40 pm

    nita , u see..we are not going anywhere on this..

    I got carried away as i was bit lousy and had a hectic day so far..
    What i say is, it always happens when something is said to be done..there will be certain grp of people who will not like it and not understanding the grave problem they insist on gandhian ways to solve problems…
    But we have to take a bold step and solve the problem….police kill gangsters human rights come in the way..In a country like india there can never be unaminous decisions taken…so be it president or the problems of Dogs..

    Lets keep on finding solutions…We are not barbaric..but inside we want to get rid of them (dogs)

    Also…i expect u r comments to my comment on “Mayavati……”

    cheers!!!

  6. July 9, 2007 9:25 pm

    I just saw a program on NDTV about this issue. An animal activist said that in Surat after dogs were killed, rats started to breed and there was plague!
    She also said that even by killing dogs the dogs were increasing in number (statistics given to the High court) and that was why the court stopped the killing of dogs.
    But her statement that Mahatma Gandhi was against the killing of dogs is completely incorrect. She said Gandhi was against killing of dogs

    I have written about this here:

    http://nitawriter.wordpress.com/2007/04/06/fierce-dogs-in-cities/

    Mahatma Gandhi, a person of great stature, and a person who stood for non-violence had advocated the killing of dogs.

    Another mistake the program made was to say that killing of dogs does not happen in the US and the UK. Obviously they didn’t do their research. Or perhaps they meant in 2007. True, there is no evidence that I found on the web that dogs are killed in the UK and the US in 2007. But the fact is that they were killed at one time.

    • September 20, 2012 6:23 am

      I see this is an old thread, but just wanted to mention that abandoned dogs and cats are killed by the millions in the U.S. every year. All due to irresponsible people who fail to spay/neuter pets and then abandon them. I knew people who got a new puppy every few months and when it matured, they dumped it at the shelter and got another puppy. Disgusting. In the U.S. we don’t have dogs running wild in the street. At least I’ve never heard of it and definitely never seen it. Strays are picked up by animal control and if not claimed within a week, they are killed.

  7. July 10, 2007 11:26 am

    Wat does u r comment conclude?
    that NDTV shows false data…??
    Do u still think that we shud sterlise dogs instead of killing them…?

    at the funny part is ..even Gandhi had a smiliar opinion like me.. ;-)

  8. July 10, 2007 12:36 pm

    If you have to ask me whether I believe that dogs should be killed…well, this is one issue which confuses me! Usually I feel strongly about things one way or ther other, but not in this case. At times I do think exactly like this, that dogs should be killed as that is a practical solution. But then I see the other point of view….I don’t know. If the Supreme court decides that dogs should be killed in the interests of society, I will go with that decision a hundred per cent because the court will take everything into consideration. Things like the number of dogs, dog deaths, rabies infections, cleanliness of the city, statistics which talk of dog population increasing or decreasing when the policy of killing them was in place (before 1994).
    Unless one has all the information presented in a holostic manner, its difficult to arrive at a just conclusion.

  9. July 10, 2007 7:12 pm

    I am not in favour of dogs being killed but they should be sterilised so that their population is under check.

    • Chan permalink
      January 20, 2011 10:44 am

      I am strongly supporter for killing the street dogs. I have seen 2-3 accidents when street dog run after bikers. I think whoever want not to kill dogs they should take them to their home.

      • May 23, 2012 11:25 pm

        Well, U hv seen dogs chasing pple.Bt hv u ever gvn a thought Y dese dogs wr chasing dem???D dogs might hv seen othr dogs being run over or being badly maimed by pple on vehicles n obvsly dey will retaliate.Hv u evr seen how brutally dese dogs r treated by pple..!!I hv seen 100s of times dogs being run ovr delibrtly,hit on their heads by hvy stones while either they wr sleeping or sitting peacefully…Ihv seen pple breaking a dogs spine fr NO reson at all…Picture dis: Height of cruelty by humans…..A fully pregnant dog in d last stages of delivery…being dragged by d muncplty 40-50 yards by 2 iron rods,bleeding hvly cz of prgnancy n on top of it, her body`s skin got peeled off wch side wz being dragged on d ground n then she wz hauled by d same iron rods into d waiting truck,whose cages wr also burningly hot in d aftrnoon n dat truck stood in d sun fr 2hrs….Y IS DERE NO LAW FR PPLE WHO R RSPNSBLE FR HURTING OR KILLING DOGS FR NO REASON??? CUZ DESE R D PPLE RESPNSBL FR D DOGS CHASING OR BITING PPLE.

        • Karan permalink
          June 20, 2013 11:40 am

          I totally agree with u. There should be a stringent laws to be made to prevent such brutal activities so that not only dogs but any animals who lives in streets get reasonable justice. Importantly Govt should take necessary steps to give shelters to street dogs just like in UK

  10. July 10, 2007 9:12 pm

    kill em off, else one of them will bite you…thats like asking if terrorists should be spared to live or shot at sight!

    You may have got mercy for stray dogs, but its sad to find humans being killed like dogs in terrorist attacks, please have some mercy on those men and women as well..and killing/executing a nuisance is a formality, theres nothing cruel or uncruel about killing methods..

  11. July 10, 2007 11:00 pm

    I am currently working on a documentary about stray dogs in Romania

    What I have learned is that Stray Dogs become part of a delicate ecosystem. If you suddenly kill all the dogs without removing the trash (food supply) then another species will take over. For example, Rats and therefore Cats. Since Cats can multiply much faster than dogs you end up with a far worse Stray Cat problem.

    Mass killing of dogs in Bucharest has been tried many times. Each time the population returned since nothing was done about the food supply or the ability of the remaining dogs to reproduce.

    Organizations like Vier Pfoten ( http://www.vierpfoten.org/website/output.php?id=1072&idcontent=1126 ) tried to do something by spaying and neutering but eventually left in frustration after dealing with city officials.

    As far as the Romanian citizens, I found that many of them care for the stray animals and feed them (leading to more stray animals). The dogs are commonly referred to as community pets, meaning that the one dog will have many “owners” throughout the day. However, there is no one there to help the dog when it gets injured, as there is no free clinic to go to and no money to spare for stray dogs. We asked residents if they knew there was a clinic that provided free spay and neutering for stray dogs, would they bring in a dog. The most common answer was no, they didn’t know about any such clinic, and no, they wouldn’t take in a dog.

    If everyone agrees that there needs to be a mix of spaying/neutering and culling, then what methods are considered humane? Paying people on a per-killed-dog basis to cull the street dogs is what leads to the horrible methods used in the past. It is far cheaper and easier to club or poison a dog than to catch, restrain and administer a drug.

    Here in Los Angeles, dogs are “put down” on a routine basis, as is true all across the States. However, it is usually for humane reasons as the dog is sick or injured and therefore “un-adoptable”. The great majority of dogs are adopted. There is a growing trend of “no-kill” shelters, but from my experience I have noted that these shelters avoid taking in sick and injured animals. In my cynical opinion, this “no-kill” tag is more of a trendy marketing term, like “eco-friendly” or “carbon-neutral”.

    In conclusion, I believe that what needs to change is more about the humans than the dogs. A cultural shift from accepting stray dogs as commonplace to the thinking that dogs need a home. For this to occur, more important basic needs need to be met, like infrastructure and decent housing (to provide homes). In Romania, the infrastructure is old and dilapidated and housing is still the Communist apartment blocks. The bottom line is that a culture needs to reach a certain economic level to maintain an acceptable stray dog population. Until then, all other efforts will be temporary fixes.

    I welcome feedback and if anyone has expert knowledge of the subject. Paul at Schnuffie dot com. http://www.schnuffie.com/Project_Romania.html

  12. July 10, 2007 11:19 pm

    Paul, thank you so much for your detailed information. It has certainly increased my understanding of this problem. Here in India the problem of strays is huge! And what you said about Romania :

    //many of them care for the stray animals and feed them (leading to more stray animals). The dogs are commonly referred to as community pets, meaning that the one dog will have many “owners” throughout the day. However, there is no one there to help the dog when it gets injured, as there is no free clinic to go to and no money to spare for stray dogs//

    is also true for India. many people here feed the dogs, but do not have space to take a dog into their home and not everyone can afford to pay for its medical expenses. I agree that dogs need shelters…but India is still a poor country where we do not have enough shelters for the homeless humans.

    • Chan permalink
      January 20, 2011 2:59 pm

      You are right Neeta india is poor contry and cannot afford to pay for stray and even I want to say there are people in India who cannot pay for themselves when dog bite them. So solution for the proble is don’t carry non affordable things. Kill dogs and think only for bread, as we are not capable to do it too.

      • tbaby permalink
        May 9, 2012 6:46 am

        dogs normally dont attack unless they’re feared for their life or hungry or has been beaten

  13. July 11, 2007 4:33 pm

    Do look up the WSD website http://www.wsdindia.org especially – The Stray Dog Issue section and The FAQ’s so that I don’t have to go through why killing of strays is not an effective solution and why sterilization is and will be and many of the questions in your blog article.
    (The evidence is visible at many places in South Mumbai and other areas where more than 80-90% of dogs are sterilized and you will see all the problems like barking,bites and rabies reduced or eliminated)

    We also miss out the fact that strays are pets of the poor- the street and slum dwellers. It will ofcourse a whole different topic of debate on how they too are being displaced out of Mumbai.

    As you have mentioned somewhere about statistics , you will be surprised that killing of strays had no effect on human rabies deaths and though most urban cities killed strays for centuries., India had very high human rabies deaths till killing of strays was stopped. BMC in an internal memo in 1994 had admitted that killing did not bring down dog population or rabies.

    Rabies

    BMC figures show that between 1989 and 1993 when more than 45,000 strays were killed Mumbai’s human rabies deaths were between 45-60 per year. After more than 12 years of sterilization and NO BMC funds the figure is down to 21 in 2006. Unfortunately the BMC is not forthcoming with qualitative information. They have refused to give us information( even in an RTI application) about where the deaths have happened and the nature of the rabid animal. We could use this information to further decrease human rabies deaths by having mass immunization campaigns in those areas which have a high incidence of rabies( from strays). Many of these 21 deaths are also from out of Mumbai as acknowleged by an additional Mun. Comm in an interview to The Times Of India where he stated half would be from out of town – A recently highlighted case at Nair hospital was a perfect example of thisi as the person who unfortunately contracted rabies was a resident of a place beyond Kalyan and was bitten in UP and died in Mumbai.

    Dog Bites

    BMC also does not have any qualitative information on dog-bites. Thus they calculate animal bites on thebasis of the injection given. We have no information on the break-up of animal bites – stray dogs/cats/pet dogs/other animals or no information if it was provoked or unprovoked. The Mun Comm statement that dog bites have increased is not true. Dog bites in 2000 were 61,377 and in 2006 were 45,183. Is it an increase or decrease. In 1992 when they used to kill dogs it was 52,000.

    Also logically speaking the no of dog bites reported should show an increase – no not because more dogs (or animals) have started biting but due to increased awareness, more people would start taking rabies shots. The dog bite figures have been compiled on the basis of rabies injections given and there is no place that actually records ‘dog bites’ . It would be worth all the effort to qualify the dog bites and check on the veracity of the BMC dog-bite figures as in one of the BMC’s statistical sheets on dog bites the number of injections given in the year were actually less ( close to one third) than the no of dog bites in that year !!!

    The solution

    It lies in active govt participation through financial and infrastructural resources in the sterilization programme. The BMC till date has not PUT IN ny money for the sterilization programme. Yes, they do budget but it get lapsed. Last year they budget 4 crores.

    The programme needs to be upscaled five fold to achieve a substantial no of sterilizations in a shorter span. Unfortunately , everything gets caught in red-tape. A permission to increase our sterilization capacity( triple) by building additional kennels/reconstruct has been pending for years even though we have said that we will raise the money to build and the BMC does not have to spend on it just like all the one lakh sterilizations carried out till date have been carried out by funds raised by NGO’s and no rupee coming from the BMC.

    Compare the above to the crores of rupees that were spent on killing lakhs of dogs from the 19th century ( just between 1984 – 1993, 4.5 lakh strays were killed – but in 1993 ,we still had dog bites, we still had stray dogs on the streets and we still had very high rabies deaths but we never asked why so much of tax-payers money had been wasted for so many years when there was no betterment in the measurables. Well , I guess we then did not have blogs and so many newspapers and media channels …

    A solution just because it is humane should not be looked upon as ineffective when the inverse has been proved otherwise.

    P.S. All figures quoted above are obtained from the BMC through RTI or on their official record.

    Abodh Aras
    Mumbai

    • Vivek S. Khadpekar permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:29 am

      @ Abodh (an unusual name; prima facie it suggests a meaning diametrically opposed to the spirit of your very “bodh-poorna” or “sabodh” comment) :-)

      Thank you for a well-researched and richly informative contribution. What particularly struck me was your statement,

      “We also miss out the fact that strays are pets of the poor- the street and slum dwellers.”

      It opens up a whole new dimension in my understanding of cities, a subject in which I have been academically and professionally involved for more than 30 years.

      As you rightly point out, how the poor are being displaced from cities is another topic of debate. The implicit formula seems to be “Eliminate the poor; eliminate poverty”. But with the latest spouting of Planning Commission wisdom by its Vice Chairman regarding the Poverty Line, even that strategy may turn out to be as futile as killing stray dogs (before anyone hurls an admonishing “j’accuse” at me, let me hasten to add that I do not even remotely endorse the methods advocated by the late Sanjay Gandhi and practised by his lackeys to reduce urban poverty).

  14. July 11, 2007 6:22 pm

    Lets look at a practical solution according to me..

    Assume we have 100 dogs in a city. We can get hold of only 80 odd.(bcos as Abodh said even after killing the dog bites, the no of dog bites went up and the population also, which means some dogs were left out and some came from neighbouring cities whatever.)

    Now the solution is ” lets kill the 80 dogs we have at hand. Henceforth if the municipalty finds any more dogs on street sterilise them”.(optimum solution i may say)

    Why such solution? Assume the life span of these 100 dogs is 5 more yrs. So if we sterilise them immediately, they may be still capable of biting ppl before they die of old age (i.e after 5 yrs) :-)…

    So this is my solution (may sound funny as if i m preparing a plan for fight against a country).

    wat say?

  15. July 16, 2007 6:49 pm

    Is my solution very boring and lack any attention?

  16. shivangi permalink
    July 29, 2007 8:12 pm

    i got a lot of information for my debate. thanks

  17. jayesh permalink
    August 13, 2007 9:07 pm

    Self-Protection First, then Ahimsa

    Though I’m not an animal “lover”, I’m compassionate to animals – but without discrimination between dog, cow or tiger. As long as they don’t harm me, I don’t harm them and would protect them. But I have greater respect and empathy for my own race – the human species. If I have to make choices finally, I’m clear in my head which species I will protect first. If I see a harmless garden insect or spider I do nothing. But trust me I would aggressively, swiftly and with no remorse exterminate every cockroach, mosquito or rat that threatens the health or safety of my family or my community. I can eat non-veg but I’m basically a vegetarian. Thus I cannot claim to practice non-violence (ahimsa). But I’m practical. Self-defense is our Karma.

    Most Stray Dog Lovers don’t realize the real problem until they or their dear one’s have gone through a horrifying experience of a dog chase or dog bite themselves. Vaccinating and sterilizing the strays still does not prevent them from biting innocent children and residents and barking all through night. I’m willing to sleep with earplugs, but biting my child??? Sterilization reduces population growth but what about the existing stray population as the average lifespan of dogs is upwards of 10yrs. Assuming average age of strays in the cities is 5yrs, we have to still suffer for 5 more years!? Ok, you may not get rabies from a bite but an animal bite is traumatic anyway. Ask a kid who has survived an unprovoked bite and gets bad nightmares each night!

    Relocate if you can

    An injured or diseased stray dog is indeed a helpless creature that can be cared for humanely but as soon as he becomes a threat to the humans around him, he is then called a PEST. Hence we have to differentiate between our love for pets and love for pests. If I can’t take him home as a Pet then he is only a Pest and nothing more. I would recommend the Municipal Corporations in our great Indian cities to take Direct Immediate Action in relocating stray dogs from the streets to “no-kill” shelters outside the cities giving them their right to a decent life.

    Cull if you Can’t

    If we can’t afford to house stray dogs then ask PETA, Karuna, Welfare for Dogs, etc to contribute and if nothing works then we have to let them go – sacrifice the dogs for the sake of the humans. I bow to any human who says – “preserve the dog species even if it is at the cost of the human species”. I have heard some statistics about how killing hasn’t helped in the reducing numbers of dog-bites per year. However, I’m not convinced that earlier eradication programs were efficient and complete. Lets do a better job this time. Moreover, I’m not willing to be part of any statistics at all. I want safety for my family first. So, I’m not convinced if stray lovers tell me that culling is not a solution. Ask those 45,000 humans who were bitten by the 2 lakh dogs in Mumbai city last year. Will they be relieved to know that the number has actually dropped due to not culling strays? No! They don’t want to be part of any government figures. They simply want a damn good assurance that it does not happen to them again. Can the NGOs ENSURE that? In my colony a man was indeed bitten twice and the second time he died (2005). He was a peon working in Shanker Dham Building, Sundervan Complex, Andheri West, Mumbai. He is survived by a pregnant wife and a small child. Ask the poor widow of that nameless victim what is the correct and “humane” policy towards strays. NGOs, City Administrations and Courts will have the answer. We can avoid long-drawn court battles if one such victim testifies. It will be an open and shut case.

    Keep Garbage Down

    Major source of food for strays is open and littered household wet garbage. However, dog-lovers do add to the menace by feeding strays. City authorities and housing societies may take time to clean up their act but in the meantime, residents should behave responsibly by not feeding the strays even after the population is brought down.

    Sterilize the rest

    Sterilization seems practical only when the numbers are manageable. Presently it’s a population explosion, which demands war measures and not soft approaches. Hence when the numbers are down to 5% of present, then control efficiently by sterilizing. Of course, vaccination is also needed.

    Check Population

    Catching and sterilizing is not easy, certainly not for our inefficient administrations and cash-constrained NGOs unless they work as a team. Hence if sterilizing fails to maintain a certain level of stray population it will have to be a mix of techniques in cyclical form. Small pox could be eradicated but stray dogs… may be never. Coz Dog is Man’s best friend – if kept in a leash, not Stray.

    Conclusion

    No stand-alone technique will solve the problem. There has to be a balanced PLAN. This will also prevent an eco-system backlash like sudden increase in rat population. But there should be a target for each year. A sustainable dog population level for a metro city should be decided and swift action taken as soon as the actual number crosses that point. Bottomline solution: A Concerted Program comprising of a combination of “Cull Humanely to reduce numbers”, “Relocate the rest to Shelters”, “Sterilize and Vaccinate the Survivors”, “Keep Garbage Levels Down”, “If you feed a Stray then take him home” and “Act swiftly when numbers cross the mark”.

    In the meantime, I would urge all NGO volunteers who make a public outcry whenever any action is contemplated against stray dogs to FIRST make a public declaration of their AHIMSA status: They must forgo meat and eggs completely and also pesticides and pest control agencies. If they do this I will be the first person to join them in their protests against the City Corporations. Except that then I will have to give up fish and pest control also!! By the way: a request to all dog lovers – stray or pets – please clean up after (s)he has pooed. Not fair to dirty our streets. And why are we feeding the pigeons?? Why not feed rats instead? They are God’s creatures as well. Do you know that pigeons can spread disease also, apart from the menace of droppings?

    I love Animals…. I also love my fellow humans.

    (There have been at least 6 dog bites in my lane in Andheri, Mumbai in the last 8 years I have been living here and most of my clients abroad firmly believe that I have several pet dogs at home because whenever I’m on the phone with them, all they can hear is barking and not my voice!!)

  18. Prashansa permalink
    August 18, 2007 11:37 am

    I think killing of stray dogs is not a solution to this so called ‘stray dogs problem’.There are many street children in India who develop bad habits as they grow& ultimately get involved in activities like robbery, murder….and other henious activities and they are also a danger to the society…..so do we kill them also?? I’m not an antisocial person all I’m trying to say is that each and every creature has a right to live…………so stray dogs shouldn’t be killed.We should look for some more practical solutions like-sterilization, vaccination, encouraging adoption programmes,and this could only be achieved by effective management.

  19. uday permalink
    September 4, 2007 1:49 am

    killing is not a solution or sterilisation. but has anyone looked at relocation as one of the better solutions. relocation will help the society to free itself from stray street dogs & keep the dogs in a better state. in dog shelters. relocation on mass scale is possible. high court has alreday passed a directive with the same intention. a land of 25 acres is sanctioned. what we need is proper support & following up the burocracy to get the things done fast.

  20. dogs permalink
    September 12, 2007 1:01 am

    Yes. Get rid of the strays. Disease infected and dangerous animals.
    China is onto something. I don’t advocate the torture meathods however. I’ve put strays down before in my line of work. We use firearms. Less cruel the cyanide.

  21. Prashant permalink
    November 20, 2007 1:23 pm

    Certainly the drive initiated by BMC to clean up the city is a good one, but what about the earlier one where they wanted to sterilise all the stray dogs in the city and relocate them as well? It would make more sense if the BMC had paid the NGOs their dues to have all the stray dogs in the city sterilized and also provided the money to set up the necessary infrastructure to do the same, followed by a concrete step to relocate the dogs after sterilization. Without any of the above being implemented, the punishable offence of feeding the strays will only result in their slow death by starvation and in other cases, their getting aggressive with each other and perhaps even the human species to try and get some food in order to survive.

    I am sure there is not a single woman in the city who has never been molested at some time or other, but do we kill or punish all the men for that? Going by the rule made for the stray animals, would it not be the logical step to take? In fact even the offenders who are guilty of rape are let off with a minor punishment, if at all, despite the fact that several of the victims are innocent children who are traumatised for life. If a dog bites a human being however, it is a whole new story, where the dog is beaten mercilessly sometimes even to death, though most of the time, it is a human who has provoked the dog in the first place by stoning him or beating him. We eat goat, beef, chicken, fish and any other animal that we develop a craving for. What gives us the right to eat these creatures? Why are these acts not considered offences, when we take the lives of fellow creatures, not to survive, but to satisfy our ever increasing and insatiable needs?

    If there are dogs that bite human beings, do they ALL bite? Granted some may be rabid, but that is not true of all dogs. By all means rabid dogs should be put down and sterilization carried out for the remaining animals to control their population. If a serious effort is made in this direction, given that the average life span of a dog is not more that 15-16 years, there will not be any stray dogs on the streets in 20 years. Would that not be a more sensible and humane way to treat the matter? Of what use is our superior intellect and understanding, when we cannot protect or care for those who are weaker than us, but just find ways to destroy everything that we quite literally do not want a piece of.

    In conclusion, I would only like to request that the cleanliness drive rule be relaxed to allow stray animals to be fed until such time as they are all sterilised and relocated. This would be a solution that should satisfy all parties, as the city will in time be free of stray animals, clean and the poor animals will have a chance at a decent life for the few remaining years of their lifetime, while the animal lovers can help them survive and the animal haters do not have to turn into murderers or resort to violence as they only have to be patient a little longer. Before any animal hater decides to speak about waiting long enough, I would request them to think for a moment and understand that if the sterilization plans had been followed through when they were initially brought up, the city would perhaps have been already free of stray animals and to mete out a harsh punishment like this to animals because the responsible parties did not do their job would be unkind at the very least. Secondly if you are worried about the safety of your children, the chances of their being kidnapped/molested are much much more than of their being bitten by a dog, assuming they did not attack the dog first.

  22. ramesh permalink
    November 28, 2007 10:45 pm

    i am really surprised that stray dogs are having so many organisations fighting for them. I am really afraid when iam walking on the road in the evenings or in the mornings.i can see number of dogs on the roads.they can attack you any time when they want. is this the right to life that we are guaranteed under the constitution.

    • May 24, 2012 7:00 pm

      If d dogs chase d humans ,then blame it on some sycho human who is rspnsble fr it…cuz he wz d one who forced d dog to behave in dis way.Dogs cannot speak bt dis is d way dey retaliate….thinking all humans beat up or kill d dogs fr no reson…N ITZ A FACT!!!

  23. James Klich permalink
    December 5, 2007 8:45 am

    India seems to have a problem with a large amount of stray dogs. India also has a problem with rabies. In large cities with a huge stray problem killing the strays may be a solution. I love animals but we need to worry more about endangered animals and native animals. If they could kill the strays in a peaceful way it may not be an issue. Maybe the ones left would have a better life.

  24. December 5, 2007 8:55 am

    @James Klich:

    I agree that dogs need to have a decent existence, not the kind they have now. Of late there have been news reports that even people who love animals have started hating and ill-treating dogs as they have had bad experiences and afraid to even walk in some areas. People who come home late or go out to work during the early mornings face a big problem as there is the constant fear of being bitten or attacked by packs of dogs.
    However in India the animal activists are vigorously opposing any move to put dogs to sleep. I think they fear that the dogs will be put down in a cruel way.

  25. December 5, 2007 10:49 am

    I love animals but we need to worry more about endangered animals and native animals. If they could kill the strays in a peaceful way it may not be an issue. Maybe the ones left would have a better life.

    James, I don’t understand this presenting of an issue as zero-sum. If some people are more passionate about taking care of stray dogs – like this organization called Welfare of Stray Dogs (http://www.wsdindia.org/) – then I think it’s great. Others who are more passionate about endangered animals can put their efforts towards what they like most. :)

    If I lived in India/Mumbai, I’d be opposed to killing of stray dogs too. It’s cruel and inhumane. The solution is to have more dog shelters and possibly neuter them.

  26. December 5, 2007 1:27 pm

    I am not sure how many of you guys were bitten by a dog?????
    Well :( I was bitten by one on my way to office last year in Trivandrum.
    This dog however was my neighbor’s, so at least I know its vaccinated.
    Just consider if it was a stray dog, the tension I would have to go through.
    I would prefer if they just kill all the stray dogs (considering the pain i went through, the number of shots I got).
    For all the animal activists out there, I am a human activist. I prefer and value human life more than anything else.

    • May 24, 2012 7:12 pm

      U wr bitten by a dog n xperienced d pain…true bt then there r injections fr dog bites..Bt hv u ever thought abt d pain n anguish dese dogs go through whn,fr NO reason pple brutally hurt dem or run over dem or hit them wth stones or iron rods or wth sticks hving nails stuck on them …etc fr NO reason at all….I hv seen it 100s of times…same story.Now tell me wt do d poor dogs do?? Whn dey r writhing in pain who comes to their rescue???Pple turn a blind eye bt if,d same dog decides to chase pple,..then d pple react in d most brutal manner…i.e dey beat him to death …..WHOZ fault wz it???

  27. December 5, 2007 10:22 pm

    xylene, your case proves that removing stray dogs is no guarantee against being bitten by dogs. If you spend some time reading information on the link I provided, maybe you’ll realize that removing all stray dogs is not even practical. Band-aids on deep cuts don’t do much to cure it.

  28. December 6, 2007 3:02 pm

    @ Amit
    I know you cant gurantee against being bitten by dogs. Its like asking everyone to follow all rules on the road in return promising them that there wont be any accidents.

    What I meant is that we can atleast take a precaution. I dont know how feasible it is to capture every stray dog and shelter them.
    We have people on the streets who is in need of shelter.

  29. December 6, 2007 11:07 pm

    I dont know how feasible it is to capture every stray dog and shelter them.
    xylene:
    The website I mentioned in the comments above has some information on it, and does a not-superficial analysis.

    We have people on the streets who is in need of shelter.

    Again, it’s not a zero-sum game. :)
    Why are solutions presented as an either-or scenario? Is there a limitation of human imagination? Isn’t there a third (or a fourth) option that takes both humans and dogs into account, is practical and treats both of them humanely? Rhetorical questions….I know.

  30. Sam permalink
    December 14, 2007 11:43 am

    Get these dogs out of our head!!!!!! In Mumbai alone there are more than 2 lac dogs. every nite when we return home we are attacked by dogs. you shoo them the animal right activists sue you. (for holding sticks they fine you 500/-). the cops are scared. These guys are all mad. i know one nepali girl who keeps 27 dogs at her house………all stray dogs. and at nite when they scream……….just imagine what the neighbours go through. (dogs have genes of wolves). They went to complain but nothing was heard. She keeps on bringing such dogs in the society compount where they stray around.(and she is not the only one).
    Think about the lives of 16 million mumbaikars……..I am just one of them. A man hits a dog he is put behind the bars……a dog bites…………. animal rights activists protect them….. The solution (if you don’t want to kill them) fill them up in trucks and take them to the animal kingdom….the jungle…Lets have websites, associations and start anti stray dog campains & support the HUMANS.

    • May 24, 2012 7:22 pm

      Mr Sam,PLZ see d terrifying n brutal ways n sad stories n d conditions of poor dogs I hv posted..I think it will show u d othr side of d coin of dogs pain n anguish.They cannot spk out their pain or complaints n dis is d way they react in retailiation agnst human injustice…D DAY DESE POOR DOGS R ABLE TO SPEAK….HUMAN BEINGS WILL NOT B ABLE TO SEE THEIR OWN FACES IN D MIRROR …DEY WILL HV NO PLACE TO HIDE…!!

  31. Sam permalink
    December 14, 2007 11:48 am

    one more word of caution. Dogs always attack in groups…. let the Human rights people face them without biscuits……..

  32. Sam permalink
    December 14, 2007 11:50 am

    one more word of caution. Dogs always attack in groups…. let the Human rights people face them without biscuits……..
    They recommend feed them and make them friends & they will not attack you.
    answer is are you willing to pay daily hafta to the dogs now? Feel proud about it…….After the Dons its the Dogs.

  33. December 14, 2007 1:06 pm

    Stray dogs attacked around a dozen of people in a village in Mahbubnagar district while animal lovers in Hyderabad were campaigning against killing of stray dogs. Many villagers are far from clinics and hospitals. Some villages have clinics and hospitals but emergency medicines like anti-rabies injections are not available. They should run to town if dog bites. Anti-rabies medicines are very costly. I don’t think that India has enough economy to keep all the stray dogs in animal farms. So, killing stray dogs is better for preventing rabies.

  34. titus permalink
    April 25, 2008 11:25 pm

    im working on a project on stray dogs and thats how i came to this thing…i dont think killing or sterillizing is the solution! i mean the human population of india is high to… you duont see anyone doing anything to people do you?? so then why to these poor dogs?? theres a very simple solution to this….clean the trash off the roads…(not only municipal co.. job…we need to stop littering to….its very easy playing the blame game n blaming others but we need to do somthing ourselves too!!) … get the dogs off the streets!! i mean poor them!!! get proper shelters!! provide them with the basic needs and health facilities….. no trash=lesser diseases….there should be better shelters…….people should adopt these poor things too!!!once they are off the streets the breeding on a large scale’s taken care of!! people in our society are cruel towards thses animals and thats why they turn hostile….its at the end of the day survival of the fittest… and yea they need to survive too!!!!and we as individuals can also take up the task of stepping out of our houses n feediong them if we cant adopt…..thr are many solutions…..they are just waiting to be implemented…..would write more but i havto go…..

  35. Rajat Kishore permalink
    May 21, 2008 3:05 pm

    Having seen my son suffer a dog bite, I feel stray dogs should be culled. They run after cars, Two wheelers, people and can be grave danger to general public. They litter and can cause deadly infections. Unfortunately, some cynical NGOs and ex-ministers have left us with this nuisance. Hope somebody wakes up and does something. Ideally these people protecting these dogs should be given all the dogs to keep feed and look after, which obviously they don’t want to do. They would just preach and let the dogs bite other people.

    • May 24, 2012 7:44 pm

      Mr Kishore,dere r 2 sides of a coin…Ur son sufffered a dog bite it made u so angry dat u r advocating killing of dogs..See it the othr way round also..Same cn b d case of dat dog,who mst hv lost her puppies due to a human`s cruelty…Sad part is dat dogs cannot speak out as u do…bt ur son mst hv got the injctns… bt wat abt whn d dogs who r writhing in pain due to some prson who had hit him so brutally dat his bckbone is broken,run ovr by vehicles,hit badly by stones,hit brutally by stick hving 10-12 nails on it….Think abt d dog`s pain…who comes to inject him??? n if d same dog retaliates by chasing pple or evn biting them…then also d dog is blamed….like u r doing!!! Sad part is ,humans can protect their luvd ones bt the same dosnt apply to d dogs n they can`t evn protect themselves n evn cry.Cuz ,pple blve dat itz an ill omen…!!Hw atrocious it is!!……One more point…MOST of d times itz d children who hit d dogs n then run…most of d times d dogs avoid gvng chase…bt whn forced they chase d child…Result…d child complains d dog cannot…n therefore…d dog is blamed n is beaten to death fr NO fault of his…!! U can check it out…!!

  36. July 4, 2008 12:37 am

    Elisabeth Fritzl’s father, Josef Fritzl, not only held his own biological daughter captive in a dark, dingy dungeon for 24 years but he also repeatedly raped her in front of the (7) children they had together.

    This bit of news is sure to repulse any normal human being. Now just because one father committed such a horrific crime, should all dads be punished?

    If your answer is “NO”, why should all dogs be killed/punished because one bit a loved one?

  37. July 6, 2008 9:16 am

    Bobby’s comment hit the nail right on. He couldnt be any more true even if he tried. 6.5 billion people causing wars, havoc and global warming are the cause for the future desctruction of this planet which we some lovingly call home .
    Now there is no doubt about the fact that dogs need to be spayed and neutrered and I have personally seen to that in my neighbourhood. I got almost 14 dogs spayed .
    I have also personally seen dogs being stoned and hit by chidlren for fun. Being subjected to attacks of acid and keroscene. The dogs skin and flesh falls of and fills with maggots, gets heavily infected and starts stinking. After that where ever the dog sits the place stinks and people near by hit it even more. At the end of it becomes so weak that it just dies while crossing a road or of infection and fever.
    I see dead dogs being run over by car every single day. I see cats cows and all other animals being cruely treated by some one or the other but I dont see any of them being arrested or killed. So why is that one mad dog constitutes to the factor that all dogs need to be killed. Your loved ones were bitten by a dog and I am sorry to hear that, ive seen bitches sitting on the carcasses of their dead pups for 2 nights crying and not moving even when stoned so dont feel so sorry for yourself and yes before you ask I HAVE BEEN bitten by a dog while trying to save it.
    There are almost 2 rapes a day in Delhi, I guess the solution to it is to catch all men of Delhi and castrate them. No more problem of rapes , perfect solution. You people calling for culling of all dogs because some mad dog bit some one is as good a solution as the one I proposed for stopping rapes in Delhi.
    By personal experience I have seen that the people crying foul and calling for extermination of all dogs are the ones who litter the most, sit on the big bottoms not doing a thing about the the problem and the only solution to them is to watch TV at night and chuck a stone at a passing by pup while going to office.
    Last but not the least, there is no doubt in my mind that mad dogs have to be removed of the street ASAP and put to sleep if necessary as they are a risk to everyone around them not just children and old people but animals them selves but like “Bobby FZ” put it “If your answer is “NO”, why should all dogs be killed/punished because one bit a loved one?

  38. July 6, 2008 9:23 am

    and not going into personal attack one of the visitors of this site mentioned “Ideally these people protecting these dogs should be given all the dogs to keep feed and look after, which obviously they don’t want to do. They would just preach and let the dogs bite other people.”. Well people like me are spending half their months earning in spaying neutering and sterlising the dogs for benefit of people like you and your children. I know 10 other people who spend whatever they can in trying to take care of these dejected animals and at the same time controlling their population for YOUR benefit, we dont mind seeing them around. I have one good breed dog and to strays already in my smal house and whatever unstrelized dog I find I send it off to an NGO to get him or her sterlized shelling out of my own pocket. What the hell are you doing apart from complaining and cribbing ?

  39. holly permalink
    July 10, 2008 10:20 pm

    no! you shouldent kill any stray dogs you should just take them yo rspca so please do not.

  40. Rajat Kishore permalink
    July 21, 2008 10:42 am

    I am not a dog lover and can’t bear a stray dog smelling or licking. I can’t spend my hard earned money on taking care of these unwanted creatures. I just want to see a clean neighbourhood where my children can play without worrying about being bitten by a dog. Tell me a source to get the numbers of NGO who actually work and take away these dogs and prevent littering. The complex where I stay have a prominent board displayed “No pets allowed” however strays are and can litter at will. Funny…

    • September 20, 2012 6:40 am

      unwanted creatures………….please remember that to many of the world’s richest citizens, any non-millionaire is just another “unwanted creature”. Just saying…………

  41. myriah permalink
    July 31, 2008 4:03 am

    I love dogs a lot..

    but honestly yes.. humanly of course.. caught humanly and killed humanly and if there not in to bad of a condition some of them as pets through humane places , not petstores e.e

  42. jayashree permalink
    August 15, 2008 12:13 am

    does anyone recollect what happened within a year China massacred the stray dogs?
    they lost their families and their children to that earthquake.
    i say, dont misuse your powers if god has made you superior to these stray dogs.
    have pity on them, if you have faith in god ie… otherwise u also will not b spared.
    it is a shame when hundreds of people r turning vegetarian, on the other hand advocating killing of these helpless creatures.
    their should b a limit to hypocracy and double standard behaviour.

  43. M GOMES permalink
    August 18, 2008 10:45 pm

    While I sympatise with the people who have bad experience with the stray dogs, I strongly condemn killing of stray dogs. Please take the matter to the court of the creator (God) who has created human beings and animals both to live on this earth. You mean to say the creator was wrong – he did not create a seperate place altogether for animals to dwell in. All have got equal rights to live. I have come across so many stray dogs who crave for love and affection. The only problem is that the animals are dumb and cannot voice their opinion. Not feeding the stray dogs is not the right solution – Can the dogs behave in a better way by staying hungry they will die of starvation and get more aggressive- all who are against feeding animals please try remaining hungry for 2 days and see how it feels. Please think from the animal point of view and try to solve this delicate issue without harming the animals.
    What you sow so shall you reap. Please sow love and compassion instead of vengeance and cruelty to any living creature. If you think you can be saved from rabies or dog bites by killing dogs, God can send greater calamities like earthquakes and floods to destroy mankind if he wishes to – can anyone stop HIM? Remember we are just puppets in the hands of God. Dont misuse your powers. Live and Let Live.

  44. Lucian permalink
    October 1, 2008 4:20 pm

    To Mr.Paul Carlin:
    Damn’ right we should kill the stray dogs. I don’t know which parts of Bucharest you have visited, but usually the trash is dumped in containers that are not accessible to dogs, so your “ecosystem” theory is just garbage. The truth is many people keep feeding them and that’s the main reason why they thrive. Another reason is that we now have an absurd law which prohibits the killing of stray dogs, and all we have left to to is just watching them multiplying on the streets. There were some attempts of mass killing in the past but they all were halted because of the actions of the left-wing parties which had the control of the Local Council until 2004, and still have the majority in the Parliament today. Anyway, I can assure you the situation is far better now than just a few years ago, when venturing on back alleys after dusk was a highly perilous endeavor. I’m looking forward for the parliamentary elections in November, which hopefully will bring a change in the structure of the Parliament that would allow for the abolition of the aforementioned law. Allowing dogs to take over the streets is stupid ant the only effective method of eliminating them from the streets is extermination. It’s absurd to think that someone could find homes for everyone of the estimated 150,000 stray dogs in Bucharest alone (not to mention other cities that have the same problem). And we aren’t willing to wait another couple of decades for them to die of old age, if the “sterilization and release” method is kept in usage.

    • September 20, 2012 6:45 am

      Lucian, you sound like rich U.S. citizens, who, if they had their way, would have us all sterilized. I know this sounds radical and perhaps, to some, unbelievable, but every day compassion dies a little more. You want these dogs killed…………..

  45. Lucian permalink
    October 1, 2008 5:17 pm

    To Mr. Paul Carlin (continued):
    Your argument that the removal of dogs will lead to an invasion of rats is a fallacy. Why? Let’s see:
    1: Dogs HAVE to be removed from the streets, one way or another. Allowing them to remain on the streets for whatever reason is not an option.
    2: Dogs DON’T hunt rats. They don’t have enough agility, they have comparatively slow reactions and poor night sight (rats are most active at night). And they are too big to follow the rats in holes and other tight places. Dogs are scavengers, not hunters.
    3: Cats DO hunt rats. Cats are obligate carnivores and dedicated hunters. They are also most active at night. They have the speed, agility and night vision required to catch such prey. Yes, I’m sure your average house cat won’t be able to do it, but no rat would stand a chance against a cat that is accustomed to the life on roofs and dumpsters.
    4: Dogs ATTACK cats. So where there are too many dogs there are no more cats, so rats thrive. Dogs and rats are actually allies, not competitors.
    5: What are you talking about “a far worse stray cat problem”? Cats do not attack humans, at the contrary they are shy and tend to avoid them. Cats are far tidier then dogs, they produce less waste and usually bury it. Cats don’t bark at night (although they tend to be a little noisy during the mating season). And finally, cats present a far more pleasant sight than dirty, aggressive, barking and snarling stray dogs. I could easily live with them. How about you?

  46. Richa permalink
    October 10, 2008 1:37 pm

    Well, read all your comments posted.With no offence to any one,before I proceed I just want to ask one question to those who are in support of culling dogs.Pls close your eyes and consider yourself in place of these stray dogs.How would you feel if you are considered a menance and to get rid of you, you are killed in barbaric manner,thrown against the wall,drowned in well, poisned, shoot at sight, slaughtered and if not this then no food or water provided to you and you are running pillar to post even for little food.Think about those hunger pangs.You being human can’t fight hunger then how do you expect them to stay hungry and die of starvation.How would you feel if you are left to starve??Think about the suffering these strays are going through.Then on top instead of helping them we are discussing on culling them that too in a barbanic manner!!!!! What is there fault if they are dogs.They also breath, they also suffer and they also need food.Being dogs doesn’t mean they have no right to survive.I am not being partial to dogs only. I am in support of all animals.Infact I support to everyone who is suffereing be it animal or human.We being priviliged it is our moral duty to support these innocent creature,If one stray bites one person we in turn kill 100 strays.Is it justified?Why have we become so heartless?We people don’t have feelings left?.When we feel pain for our near n dear ones.Why we don’t feel same for them?In fact we human beings are more callous then these dogs.What about terrorism???We so called humans are killing other human beings.Is it right?then why we blame these strays?We have got no right to kill them.We have so may more problems to think to solve in our country,poverty,illetracy,corruption,terrorism etc.,and then to focus on killing these strays.We should focus on them.We should deal with the problem more maturely.I see one solution, instead of depending on the goverment and municipality, each family should adopt one stray dog from their locality.Try and do that and you will be proud on your self.They do not ask for much except for 2 time food.Which is not much.And in turn they will fill your life with immense love and happiness.Why do we go and buy dogs when these are available for free.And giving life to these unwanted creature will give you satisfaction and you will never repent your decision.
    Let’s join hands and each of us should adopt one dog ,get them vaccinated and give them life.

    Looking for support

    Richa

  47. candice permalink
    November 16, 2008 3:06 am

    we totally shouldnt kill the stray dogs they have just the same rights as living as we do. They should be traped and should be put in a humane society, not just be shot.
    but if it did come down to a desition to killing them they should be put down painless and humanely.

  48. diya biswas permalink
    December 20, 2008 5:36 pm

    Give them a life to live, but don’t let them have more babies.FEED THE STRAY DOGS PLEASE GIVE THEM A LIFE because some people love stray dogs and when you kill them the people who love stray dogs will be hurt and when i say hurt i mean worse than sad.We will hate the people who killed the dog and i am 10 yrs old who is writting this comment.

    • Rowdy Gaines permalink
      February 25, 2009 1:11 pm

      Get bitten once and you’ll know to hurt and love these dogs

  49. ARUN NAMBIAR permalink
    December 25, 2008 6:28 pm

    WE ARE HUMANS,WE ARE THE ONLY CREATURE WHO COULD THINK BUT NOT DOGS.IF WE HUMANS START KILLING STRAYDOGS…THIS IS A BARBERIC AND CRUEL ACT.PLEASE I ALSO LOVE STRAY DOGS..I ALSO GIVE FOOD TO MY STRAY DOG.THE GIVE US RESPECT.I AM AN ANIMAL LOVER,I AM ONLY 14 YEAR OLD.MY MESSAGE TO EVERYONE-LOVE THEM THEY WILL LOVE YOU BACK.

  50. Rowdy Gaines permalink
    February 25, 2009 1:11 pm

    Stray dogs are on par with vermin. They are a menace and should be exterminated by any means. I advocate poisoning garbage bins or leaving out poisioned edibles for these useless, dangerous creatures.
    How can anyone want these animals around? For what purpose. Why would anyone feel kinship with these dirty, fetid mongrels?

    Round them up and have them gassed or shot. The world will be a much better place. Keep your loving for your own pets and keep them under your watch.

    • Kay Jayanti permalink
      May 13, 2010 8:15 pm

      May all those who advocate killing – anything – come back in their “rebirth” as that animal…
      Think of killing a dog?…. May GOD make you a dog in your next life… AMEN

  51. mandy permalink
    March 7, 2009 11:25 am

    “HOW CAN ANYONE WANT THESE ANIMALS AROUND? FOR WHAT PURPOSE?ROUND THEM UP AND HAVE THEM GASSED OR SHOT. THE WORLD WILL BE A MUCH BETTER PLACE .”THIS MEANS WE CAN ALLOW ALL THE POACHERS TO KILL TIGERS, ELEPHANTS, RHINOS WHALES AND SO ON,AS ACCORDING TO SOME OF YOU THEY TOO DON’T SERVE ANY PURPOSE. A STUDENT ONCE ASKED ME WHY WE DONT KILL ALL THE RHINOS AND SNAKES AND CROCCS .THEY SEEMED SO UGLY TO HIM AND SERVED NO PURPOSE .YOU MEAN TO SAY THAT GOD DID NOT KNOW HIS WORK WHEN.HE CREATED LIFE !GOD HAS CREATED ALL THE SPECIES INCLUDING US . WE ARE NO BODY TO DECIDE WHO SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE .YES WE NEED TO MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AS HE HAS GIVEN US INTELLIGENCE TO DO SO . LETS STOP DEBATING ABOUT KILLING ANY LIVING CREATURE AND RATHER FIND A SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEM. IT IS A VERY GOOD IDEA THAT WE SHOULD COME FORWARD AND ADOPT A PUP AND GET THE REMANING STERILISED .I CAN NOT GET ALL THE DOGS OF MY CITY STERELISED BUT I CAN DO IT IN MY COLONY .IF WE ALL DO IT IN OUR COLONIES THE PROBLEN WILL GET SOLVED.PLEASE DONT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF WE THE PEOPLE. WHEN ALL OF US COME TOGETHER AND WORK TOGETHER WE CAN.LETS NOT WAIT FOR THE GOVT OR ANYONE ELSE.

    • akash permalink
      September 25, 2009 11:10 am

      Alright mandy let me ask you, do those tigers, rhinos and crocs that you are talking about rome around on the streets? and if they did they would obviously hurt humans wont they? Do you go to the jungle and start shouting in front of those animals when they are sleeping? Thats what dogs do when we are sleeping they bark the entire night out.. when two men fight on the streets the cops come and arrest them, but when the dogs fight, and because of their fight little kids are bitten no one bothers.. If you do not have animal shelters in the country the best way to get rid of this nuisance is to put the dogs down.(kill them) and thats what you do with cockroaches dont you mandy? or do you allow the cockroaches to eat your food ?? or dirty your home and kitchen? or do you take a bug spray and kill them immediately?? This not only goes for dogs but also for pigs.. they are a disgrace to the country and if you think other wise, construct a sanctuary for all the dogs and pigs and cats in the city.. so that they dont have to see us and we dont have to see them ever.

  52. saravanan permalink
    July 6, 2009 6:55 pm

    people always talk about dog biting people. i never seen people talk about how dog helps community free of robbers. in tamil nadu there are many real life incidence community dogs attack robbers, saving life of a little boy from tsunami etc.

  53. bharath tagore permalink
    July 26, 2009 9:31 pm

    i am actor who works for tollywood,many wild animals are killing people,r v killing the wild?then y the hell we should kill the dogs.killing is not the answer for it.dogs are the most lovely animals in the world,i know sum dogs r killing small kids but we can take care to privent it ,but is killing is right?no,we have no right to kill.india is a country of peace ,love .we are indians we should not harm any human being.did our freedum fighters showen us killing ? no.in our house v have kids ,if they do wrong r we killing them, no .even animals are like our kids.y cant we understand we are humans.but rember one thing (the person who kills the dog is not consedur as humanbeing)poor dogs they show us love ,and they be fathfull to us .plzzz just think.

  54. zane permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:13 am

    Sterilizing stray dogs hasn’t helped much, it consumes resources and government money that can be used to send poor children to school and feed them, personally saying if killing stray dogs can keep their population under control then why not kill them? People don’t object when millions of other animals and sea creatures are killed everyday for their meat do they? then why object when dogs are killed?? If you have a pest problem in your house what do you do? You call the pest control and kill all the pests right? Or is it that you call a doctor and start sterilizing all the cockroaches (assume that they can be sterilized) so that they don’t lay any more eggs and then wait for years till the time their population begins to show any signs of decline? Consider the cities as your home and stray dogs as cockroaches. The menace of stray dogs is just getting worst. If it works for countries like China and Turkey and many others then it should work anywhere else. If people still don’t support killing of stray dogs, all those people must take at least 2 stray dogs home and take care of them and keep them as their pets so that others don’t suffer because of their menace.

  55. unma permalink
    November 2, 2010 8:25 pm

    killing dogs is not the solution.
    vaccination and sterelization must be done.
    its the only solution.
    if one in fifty families adopted a stray dog, the no. would decrease drastically.
    to all dog lovers, instead of buying pedigreed dogs, adopt a stray.
    they are as faithful, as loyal and due to short hair, they can handle the indian heat very well.
    my own dog is a stray and i am as happy with him as i would be with a pure bred dog, if not more.

  56. MsM permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:43 am

    Yes. I would definitely vote for catching stray dogs & euthanizing them in a humane way.
    Not only are dogs dangerous when walking through areas full of strays, they bark incessantly at night & keep hard working people awake.

    India can’t feed it’s poor & has no business spending precious resources on keeping strays alive.

    Before you mis-guided dog lovers go crazy, I have my own beautiful dog & make sure it’s not a nuisance to the general public by keeping it safe, happy & quiet *INSIDE* my own home. And leashing it when I take it for walks.

  57. casey9663 permalink
    April 16, 2011 4:11 pm

    It may sound bad, but we should.They posed a nuisance.They all are out of control.Barking non stop,a threat to msall kids when they turned aggressive.Kill them all .Then make sure those ppl who are boring and hv nothing to do, dont keep them and ignore them later.
    Dogs should be trained.if not they are a just like a bunch of stupid four legged animals waiting to hurt ppl.

  58. casey9663 permalink
    April 16, 2011 4:12 pm

    send them to shelter

  59. animal lover. :'-( permalink
    July 13, 2011 6:09 pm

    killing of street dogs is work of useless mental peoples we can also vaccinate them or they can also get adopt than why to kill street dogs oh! sorry i forget that india goverment don’t have money to do these type of programs india goverment is only for eating!!

  60. karan permalink
    July 27, 2011 10:24 am

    stray dogs is much larger a problem than it seems. residents of the city are not safe on streets occupied by these dogs, especially the children who play in the locality playgrounds are unsafe and tend to develop a psychological phobia for these canines as they grow up in the fear of dogs.
    one can not go for a walk after late supper with the fear of being bitten by an astray dog. Moreover, they are a menace and pose a possible danger for bike riders, watchmen, newspaper distributors and other such workers.
    The problem does not get solved by sterilizing them but the government and the people should take steps to clear them off streets to get rid of this phobia of leaving home and taking a stroll in your own locality.
    A stringent step should be taken by the officials in charge ASAP to eradicate this problem once and for all.
    They should be put in animal shelters and should not be allowed to breed or given a lethal injection.

    For all those animal rights activists… Please come in my lane and one by one walk across it.
    When a pack of stray wandering dogs bark and howl at you and ferociously chase you, then all your ideologies will flush down the gutter. I have had this traumatic experience at least 10 times in my lane itself itself.

    If you are still not convinced, then take a stroll between the wee hours of the clock i.e. from 11pm to 5 am. You are sure to get attacked by a bunch. They could easily kill a child if not an adult. And let me assure you, all these dogs are sterilized by municipal corporation.

    • Victoria permalink
      January 9, 2012 11:13 pm

      Not all strays are child killers! They can’t help being on the streets. A lot of strays are on the streets for reasons like that they have been abandoned through no fault of their own. Are you saying that all strays should be killed? If so, you are saying that every dog that is homeless through no fault of his or her own should be executed. It is like saying that some homeless people do drugs and hurt and kill others so we should lock them all up and execute them. I know I have never known what it is like to live by that many strays and I sympathize with you completely, but if I lived near you I would only want humane methods used to control the strays. I beg you to go on the rspca or dogs trust website and look at the dogs available for adoption. About half of them were strays. If you still think that all stray dogs are dangerous and should be destroyed then I hope you don’t become Prime Minister!

  61. September 22, 2011 1:09 pm

    ANYONE WHO IS THINKING OF KILLING ANY SPECIES JUST THINK FOR ONCE THAT GOD WILL BE ASHAMED OF YOU.GOD HAS MADE LIFE BEAUTIFUL.ITS JUST THAT YOU HAVE A HOME AND A STRAY DOESNT,IT DOESNT MEAN YOU HAVE ANY RIGHT OF ENDING IT. YOU WERE NOT THE ONE WHO GAVE LIFE TO SOMEBODY SO DONT TRY TO BE A SNATCHER EITHER OR YOU WILL END UP LOSING EVERYTHING.

  62. Victoria permalink
    January 9, 2012 11:05 pm

    I think that people should spay and neuter their dogs and cats more. I also think that only humane methods of control should be used. If there were lots of stray dogs and/or cats around our house, I would want my parents to try and catch them and take them all to a rescue centre, but I would them to go to a centre where they will not be killed unless need be. The American term for such a place is “no-kill”. I’m not against the Americans or anyone, but we hardly ever use the expression in England because our animal adoption system is different. Whereas in America, anyone can go to an authority dog pound and adopt one, over here they simply won’t let you do that. You can go to a rescue centre and adopt an animal, but that is different. That is not the same as an authority pound where the council takes strays. The authority pounds are much more formal over here. The only legal way that anyone can adopt a stray that has been caught by the authorities is if they go to a rescue centre that has some that have been taken in after they have done their week in the pound. In the UK, a lot of authority pounds only keep the animals for seven days before killing them. Only the lucky ones are found rescue spaces before their time is up.

  63. Adnan permalink
    January 26, 2012 4:38 pm

    Simple question! Does sterilization and vaccination stop dogs from bites? If no then is human life important or dogs?

  64. amit permalink
    March 12, 2012 7:20 pm

    please tell me what to do start dog killing again.New mumbai corporation is sleeping in this issue they are not doing anything.we are not able to sleep in the night just because of unnecessary barking of dogs.

    Please help me

  65. Bob permalink
    April 25, 2012 6:48 pm

    Rabies is 100% fatal in th absence of post-exposure vaccination.. the person suffers a gruesome death.. unable to quench thirst, suffering seizures, ultimately being in coma.. stray dog menace have to b addressed in a strong way, whether it includes humanly killing or spaying them.. a human life is much more important than a stray dog’s..

  66. May 17, 2012 1:18 pm

    it is there in many holy books that
    when an animal seemsto har.m you
    kll it before it harm you.
    WHY????

  67. May 24, 2012 8:11 pm

    HOW CAN PPLE EVN THINK ABT KILLING OF DOGS??? WHN, ACTUALLY IT D PPLE WHO R RSPNSBLE FR DOGS CHASING PPLE OR BITING THEM.THERE R ALWZ 2 SIDES OF A COIN…PLZ SEE MY POINTS WCH I HV POSTED IN THIS…REGARDIN HUMAN CRUELTY N BRUTALITY AGAINST DOGS,WHCH FORCES DEM TO RETALIATE…..D ONLY DIFFERENCE IS DAT HUMANS CAN SPEAK AS MOST OF U ALL HV…..BT D DOGS CANNOT SPEAK,PROJECT THEIR FEARS,ANGER,PAIN ABT HUMAN CRUELTY….D DAY DOGS R ABLE TO SPEAK,,,,HUMAN BEINGS WILL NOT B ABLE TO FACE THEMSELVES…DATZ FR SURE!! DOGS HV FEELINGS TOO!! DEY ALSO HV THEIR LUVD ONES TO PROTECT….HV COMPASSION N EMPATHY WTH THEM..ALL THEY WANT IS FOOD N LUV…..plz see my stories on human cruelty on dogs in this.

    • SHWETA permalink
      February 11, 2013 12:52 am

      DOGS ARE FAR BETTER THAN HUMAN.IF YOU PAMPER AND FEED THEM EVEN ONLY FOR SINGLE TIME, THEY WILL SHOW THEIR LOVE TOWARDS YOU FOR LIFE TIME.PLZ N PLZZZZ DONT HARM DOGS.IF YOU PPL CANT LOVE THEM ATLEAST DONT HARM THEM.:(

  68. July 20, 2012 5:27 pm

    Those who rome in cars will say no dont kill……
    they will know when they use their legs for work

    definately i say Kill Stray dogs use stricty licensing for home dogs

  69. viji permalink
    August 27, 2012 10:49 pm

    Yes, I agree with ap and others who voted for ‘putting them to sleep’. It is good for them too. Of course, we need to keep the city clean and garbage free. Even if it happens overnight, these stray dogs will not be gone overnight. They will live for another decade. Please DO NOT FEED STARY DOGS!!!. Only victims and their families know the pain of rabies and other dog bitting related issues. Not the one who just sits and talk about “Ahimsa”. So, I strongly support to get rid of stray dogs.

  70. Kyra Sahan i permalink
    September 19, 2012 10:44 pm

    Shama, one cannot be punished for someone else wrong doing. If I hurt dogs and they kill your kid in retaliation to my behavior. Will you accept it. Stray dogs need to go. Either kill them or ask all the dog lovers to come and adopt one each. Let’s see if we have 2 lakh real dog lovers in our city of mumbai.

    I petty the government and supreme court. One drop of human blood is more precious than these stray dogs.

    Go take your salaries from these dogs instead of burning our tax money on these stray dogs

    Eliminate them. clean this mess…

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