As per Hinduism there are four Yugas: Satyug, Tretayug, Dwaparyug and Kalyug. In Satyug man is suppose to be righteous and good, not corrupt at all, in Tratayug man is slightly corrupt and unrighteous, in Dwaparyug man is a little more corrupt and becomes bad and in Kalyug man becomes the epitome of evil and corruption.

In Kalyug the good man gets punished and the wicked is rewarded 

Well, seeing the conditions of animals and their caregivers we can say that Kalyug has definitely entered India. 

Recently what happened with Ayesha Christina the founder of Neighbourhood Woof and her team is a clear cut example of how good and humane peope are being treated in India. She had to literally beg for an FIR inspite of being a lady as the police had gone deaf and dumb. 

Her only crime was that she had gone to pick up dogs for sterilization. Something which is absolutely legal and at the moment is the need of the hour in Delhi.

Thankfully an FIR has ultimately been lodged against the perpetrators but only after her video became viral on social media and the Delhi commission for women chairperson Swati Maliwal intervened. Isn't that shameful? One has to beg for justice in the capital of India. 

To read about the entire incident kindly go on the links below:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-team-out-to-vaccinate-dogs-says-attacked-by-mob-in-rani-bagh-6490879/lite/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ndtv.com/delhi-news/delhi-animal-rescuers-neighbourhood-woof-allege-brutal-attack-cops-say-their-car-hit-locals-2257256%3famp=1&akamai-rum=off

As per dog rules ABC programme is mandatory for all the municipal corporations in India. They conduct the programme by hiring NGOs who implement the programme. But unfortunately except the corporation and the NGOs nobody knows about the ABC programme. The common man knows nothing about dog rules which came into existence in the year 2001. Under it, the dogs can only be picked by the corporation and the NGO for sterilization and then should be dropped back to its original location. 

The million dollar question is that how many people know about this rule ? Except few caregivers the majority in India is absolutely ignorant. If the MCD had created awareness about the ABC programme and the role of the NGO then probably Ayesha and her team members would have never gone through this physical and emotional torture. People of Rani Bagh would have rather helped them in catching the dogs for sterilization. It is only the people who catch dogs know how difficult it is to catch them. And instead of thanking these people for their selfless and great service they are being beaten up and abused. Just how disgusting is that 

Neighbourhood woofs has a very good reputation. The caregivers who have got their dogs sterilized from there say that they take utmost care of the dogs. But just see the reward they have got for their good work......This is indeed a sign of Kalyug

Just the opposite of Neighbourhood woof is Veterinary Society for Animal Welfare & Rural Development (VSAWRD). According to caregivers from Baroda ( Gujarat) Kuhu Roy and her mother Hansa Roy who take care of more than 100 stray dogs right from their feeding, medication, vaccination and sterilization,  VSAWRD was given contract to conduct the ABC programne in Baroda in the year 2016 - 2017 but due to malpractices their contract got cancelled. They were accused of indulging in killing and relocating of dogs in the name of ABC programme. Inspite of several FIRs lodged against them no action has been taken against them till now. But the most shocking element is that inspite of FIRs and allegations of malpractices they have been allowed to carry on the ABC programme in the city of Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Surat ( Gujarat) and now they have been given permission to carry the dog killing and relocation in the garb of ABC programme in the city of Ludhiana (Punjab). Kuhu Roy has written a letter to the Chairman, AWBI dated 22nd June 2020 seeking prosecution and blacklisting of VSAWRD from carrying out the ABC programme. Few of the malpractices they were found indulging in are given below:

1 Picking up sterilized dogs and relocating them

2 Instead of notching the ears they cut the corners of the ears with blade that too in the most shaby manner

3 They picked up lactating mothers and small pups for sterilization

4  They did not give post operative care

5 Many dogs were not given rabies vaccination 

To read more about how the VSAWRD was running a dog killing and dislocation unit kindly go on the link below:

https://twitter.com/finalstand_org/status/1280545667614572545?s=20

An organization which has plethora of FIRs against it has been rewarded with more ABC contracts.

Isn't this Kalyug?????

India certainly seems to have entered Kalyug 

Killing all dogs in an area would enable unsterilised, unvaccinated dogs to come in and the authorities will have to return to the same area to kill the new arrivals.

This refers to Coomi Kapoor’s article, ‘Gone to the dogs’ (IE, July 27). I am extremely sorry that Kapoor, a former colleague with whom I have always had the most cordial ties, was bitten by a dog. Some aspects of her piece, however, need to be contested.

She observes: “The ABC [Animal Birth Control] offers no scientific method for a systematic vaccination drive and stabilising the country’s canine population.” The ABC programme is the only scientific method for controlling stray dog populations. In its Technical Report Series 931, WHO’s expert consultation on Rabies, which met in October 2004, states: “Since the 1960s, Animal Birth Control programmes coupled with rabies vaccination have been advocated as a method to control urban street male and female dog populations and ultimately human rabies in Asia.”

Under the ABC programme, stray dogs are picked up from an area, sterilised and vaccinated against rabies and returned to the same area. Being territorial, they keep unsterilised and unvaccinated dogs out and the authorities can concentrate on sterilising and vaccinating in new areas until all stray dogs of a city or district are covered. Killing all dogs in an area would enable unsterilised, unvaccinated dogs to come in and the authorities will have to return to the same area to kill the new arrivals. Until the promulgation of ABC Rules, the number of stray dogs continued to increase in India despite relentless mass killing.

 

The ABC programme also serves to reduce cases of dog bites. Since sterilised bitches do not come on heat, dogs do not fight over them. This drastically reduces the number of instances in which a higher level of aggression leads to the biting of people. Also, since sterilised bitches do not litter, one does not witness the rise in their aggression level that occurs when they are guarding their puppies.

Feeding stray dogs is important. It helps to catch them for neutering. One needs a large number of feeding points because dogs are territorial and cannot venture out of their beats to eat. A well-fed dog is less likely to be aggressive than a hungry one.

Doubtless, the ABC programme is not being properly implemented. The fault lies with implementing arms — state governments and municipal bodies. They must be forced to provide adequate funds and administrative support — and not in defenestrating the programme itself.

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Kapoor writes: “According to a conservative WHO estimate, there are 20,000 annual rabies deaths in India.” WHO’s figures on rabies deaths in India are suspect. To cite an example, WHO’s World Survey of rabies No. 34 for 1998 puts the number of rabies deaths in India at 30,000. The survey’s annexure 3, had the entry “most parts” against India in the column under the heading, “Geographical distribution.” The space against India in the column under the heading “Trends” was left blank. WHO’s World Survey of Rabies No. 35 for1999 describes the geographical distribution of the incidence of rabies in India as being confined to “limited areas”. The entry in the column under the heading of “Trend” is “Decrease.” How can, in the course of one year, the incidence of rabies in the country contract from “most parts” to “limited areas”? More glaringly, the 1999 survey does not give any figure for the number of human deaths from rabies in India!

Since 2005, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) has been annually publishing a National Health Profile for the country. According to its 2018 edition, there were 97 cases of human deaths from rabies countrywide in 2017. According to the relevant preceding annual National Health Profiles, there were 86 human deaths from rabies in 2016, 113 in 2015, 125 in 2014 and 132 in 2013. Nor did the figures remotely approach 30,000 or 20,000 in earlier years. There, for example, were 386, 365 and 485 deaths from rabies in 1997, 1998 and 1999 respectively. The number was 486 in 2000 and 488 in 2001.

Under-reporting to the government cannot explain the difference between its and WHO’s figures. The Union and state governments’ health infrastructure cover the entire country. Besides cases reported to it, it cannot miss reports in the local print and electronic media, which feature rabies deaths and dog-bite cases regularly and prominently. In any case, under-reporting can by no means explain the huge difference between the government’s and the WHO’s figures.

This article first appeared in the print edition on July 31, 2020 under the title ‘Some dog facts’. The writer is a senior journalist and member, Animal Welfare Board of India.