Supreme Court to the rescue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 14:39

above link is the HINDU news page

Supreme court has come to the rescue of our buddy four legged animals. Thank God for their wisdom :D . If it was upto Bombay High Court they would wipe the planet of all animals.

Noting that “a faithful dog is a faithful friend,” the Supreme Court on Monday decided to stand up for man’s oldest companion by questioning the authority of municipal bodies to pick dogs off the streets and kill them merely because they are a “nuisance” to the public.

A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C. Pant was hearing a petition filed by People for Elimination of Stray Animals, which had sought killing of stray dogs. The Bench agreed that at the crux of the problem was the contradiction in animal welfare laws on what constitutes “nuisance.”

Under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, if the civic bodies receive a complaint that a dog has become a source of nuisance to the public, they can “seize” the so-called offending canine, drag it to the local pound and put it to sleep.

On the contrary, the Animal Birth Control Rules formulated under the Central law — Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 — does not allow this. The law only permits extermination of rabid, terminally ill or mortally wounded dogs, not “nuisance-causing dogs.”

Appearing for the Animal Welfare Board, senior lawyer Anand Grover submitted that “nuisance” was a subjective term. “The municipality cannot just seize these dogs and put them to sleep. They can be sterilised,” Mr. Grover said.

He pointed out that the Supreme Court, in its 2014 decision banning jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, had observed that animals, even stray dogs, are entitled to dignity.

Senior lawyer T.R. Andhyarujina said the court should decide on whether there was “any discretion given to municipal authorities to put a dog to sleep.”

“We feel there is no such discretion given. You cannot put a dog to sleep unless it has rabies or is terminally ill,” Mr. Andhyarujina submitted.

Posting the case for a detailed hearing on March 25, Justice Misra remarked how some people were naturally inclined to dislike dogs — a condition which he termed “dog phobia” — and could easily brand it as a nuisance.

Written by Hiranmay Karlekar   
Saturday, 31 January 2015 18:13

Give the stray dogs a bad name, and then hype up the hysteria that already prevails against them. This gives a boost to the demand for their mass killing

In a recent advertisement, a commercial undertaking, which provides free online classified advertisements in India for used goods, shows a man lying injured following an accident caused by dogs chasing his bike. The advertisement is deplorable because it would only serve to further hype up the hysteria that prevails against stray dogs, which in turn, can give a boost for the demand for their mass killing, which will be against the spirit of the Constitution, the law of the land besides being totally counterproductive in terms of reducing the population of street dogs.

Article 51A(g) of the Constitution lists one of the fundamental duties of citizens as protecting and improving “the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life and to have compassion for living beings.” Are stray dogs not living beings? If so, do they not merit compassion? One may argue that, though they are living creatures, they chase bikes and cause accidents. But how many accidents are caused by stray dogs chasing bikes and how many by rash and negligent driving by humans? The latter overwhelmingly outnumber the former. Then why did the advertisement attribute the accident to dogs and not speeding by a spoilt brat high on drugs or liquor? Or a bus driver  racing another bus, or a truck driver with a fake driving license?

Had the persons preparing and/or approving the advertisement shared the prejudice many harbor against stray dogs and,  therefore, automatically thought of the latter when working on it? Or did they hate the canines so much that they saw in the advertisement an opportunity to vent their hatred? The fact remains that their product will reinforce the hands of those who want an immediate and mass killing of stray dogs. This, in turn, will undermine the efforts by the Animal Welfare Board of India, and non-governmental organizations committed to animal welfare, to reduce the number of stray dogs by implementing the provisions of the Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules. Promulgated in December 2001, the Rules are the law of the land.

Killing stray dogs will be not only in violation of the law but totally counter-productive. As pointed out in theGuidelines for Dog Population Management jointly announced by the World Health Organization and the World Society for the Protection of Animals in May 1990, “Removal or killing of dogs should never be considered as the most effective way of dealing with the problem of surplus dogs in the community; it has no effect on the root cause of the problem, which is over-population of dogs.” In its Technical Report Series 931, WHO's Expert Consultation on Rabies pointed out in 2004, “Since the1960s, ABC programme coupled with rabies vaccination have been advocated as a method to control urban street male and female populations and ultimately human rabies in Asia.”

Under the ABC programme, dogs are picked up from an area, sterilized and vaccinated against rabies and returned to the same area. Being territorial, they keep unsterilized and unvaccinated dogs out of their areas and the authorities can concentrate on sterilizing and vaccinating in new areas until all stray dogs of a city or district are covered. On the hand, killing all dogs in an area would enable unsterilized and unvaccinated dogs from other areas to come in and the authorities will have to come back again and again to the same area to kill the new arrivals. This is precisely why, until the promulgation of ABC Rules, the number of stray dogs continued to increase in India despite, in some cases, nearly 140 years of relentless mass murder!

The Advertising Standards Council of India should consider the issue and send out a general circular against featuring advertisements projecting animals in a manner that is liable to intensify hatred toward them.

Rescued puppy overjoyed to reunite with his mother PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Monday, 26 January 2015 21:33

Animal india Aid Udaipur rescued a pup from a well. Lovely video must see.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 21:41
NCR region animal NGOs meet AWBI Chairperson at JNU? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Monday, 26 January 2015 17:45

Dear All
Yesterday many NCR based animal NGOs involved in the ABC/ Rescue/Rehabilitation/medical assistance held a meeting at JNU lawns. It was very kind of Gen. Kharb, Chairperson Animal Welfare Board of India to have consented to attend it and give a hearing to the problems troubling animal lovers and obstructing the functioning of ABC. Important outcomes of this relaxed and positive lunchtime meeting are given below for everyone's information;
1. ABC is being resumed from 1st Gurgaon and MCG's MoU with Frendicoes is finally being extended but at the old rate of Rs.550/-Gen. Kharb assured that this would get increased to Rs.750 within two months or so hopefully.Frendicoes would operate with an outside international organization and there would be no release on the same day after surgery. This assurance came as a big relief for everyone.
2. Dog feeders are protected by law as per the Delhi High Court Notification and Feb.20, 2014 AWBI Guidelines which laid down that 'prohibiting dog feeding tantamount to criminal intimidation'.
3. Animal lovers should consolidate the movement and should not individualize or personalize this movement,they should work at a policy level as much as the ground level since coming times may not be very favourable for stray animals.
4. The ABC Case and hearing on the Bombay High Court judgement on dog killing is coming up next fortnight. Considering the awful publicity against dogs  played by the ill-informed/bribed reporters and correspondents there is great likelihood that dog killing may be allowed selectively. We discussed a realistic golden mean for NGO monitored selective pikup of dogs who are tainted as habitual biters and send them for rehabilitation and training for some time rather than get them killed. We need to meet newspaper editors/ channel managers for identifying such reporters who promote negative and thoughtless, ill-informed anti-dog publicity for generating fear amongst residents.
5. Concern was raised for cats and currently no NGO focuses on cats the way they do for dogs. The result is that  every locality has an imbalance of dog-cat population in which cats are brutally killed and their kittens shredded by packs of dogs.Suggestions invited as a sustainable solution is still a far cry.
6. Horses and donkeys is also a grave concern. Frendicoes shared many policy issues and lack of funds. Everyone suggested that the Donkey Sanctuary (Dr. Nath) is also working in Gurgaon and beyond institutional divides one could share space, expertise and support with Frendicoes to make the programme actually effective for the animal.The Sai Ashram and Frendicoes shared common concerns and opened up for joint support for animals wherever possible.
7. Walk for Animals and Habitat drew a joint programme of animal welfare at Gurgaon with Sai Ashram and Frendicoes. Each one would work in their special capacity, interest and inclination areas.

The atmosphere of the meeting was very congenial, tension free and all throughout NGOs kept their focus on animal welfare rather than narrow operational divides which diverts attention from the animal to winning an institutional war.
This is a very good start and for this our heartfelt thanks to the AWBI Chairperson Gen.Kharb for giving us time and patient hearing.
Maybe other NGOs could also attend these informal meetings next time and help consolidate this movement.
Wish you all the best
WAH Team (2013-2014)
(Amita Singh, Subhulaxmi Sircar, Kartika Singh, Sangeeta Luthra

Walk for Animal & Habitat
Launched 2009,August by Amita Singh, Blossom Hackett, Prema Swaminathan, Tulika Mehra, Varsha Sharma, Tushaar Bhardwaj , Vidya Sangwan , Benu Kalra and Subhulaxmi Sirkar  to protect and provide for all animals who were thrown out of thie village and forest habitats as villages got converted into concrete cities. In the process of urbanization the city lost inclusive governance, social co-existence and ecological ethics. The cost of this insensitive FDI led development was paid by the  voiceless animals who suffered destitution, starvation and extinction . The survivors were  labelled as 'stray' as the city stole away all their habitats.

Letter to NDMC chief due to random picking of dogs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Monday, 26 January 2015 17:41

Dogs were being picked up randomly from NDMC area due to Obama's visit and Republic day parade. Mr Amit sent the NDMC chief hoping to remind him of the laws.


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