Saturday, March 03, 2007

Dog menace

A 4.5 year boy old gets brutally attacked by a pack of 15 dogs - his windpipe gets torn, his throat is severely lacerated and his neck is almost severed off : and he succumbs to his injuries at the hospital.
This is the second such incident in very recent times in Bangalore where a kid is attacked by a group of hounds and is killed.
My condolences to the family .. this is totally out of the blue and very unfortunate.

Though the knee jerk reaction would be to lambast BCC and the current govt, dog menace has always been a problem in Bangalore - and claims that it has grown only in recent times is a load of crock. Since the time I moved to Bangalore almost 6 years back, the primary worry for me and lot of my friends getting home late from work was not the fear of robbers (the sense insecurity w.r.t that has significantly grown since then btw), but the fear of dogs.

After the two recent incidents, the response of NGO's was along predictable lines - some nonsense about how dogs dont attack unless provoked, etc : what was the provocation here ? That a kid is small and weak and so a likely 'prey' ?
I am against cruelty to animals - but public posturing should be moderated against safety of humans : a trite line without taking circumstances into consideration is just going to weaken the position and put the animal rights advocates to ridicule.

2 Comments:

Blogger Pradeep said...

Mass slaughter may not be a good idea, but catching them, sheltering them well in kennels, and later making them available for pet lovers to adopt or buy will be the best solution.

3/04/2007 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger Mridul said...

I seriously doubt if it is practical.

There are various associations in Bangalore (and elsewhere) which attempt to provide a home for street dogs : and though they are doing a commendable job, the numbers are minute compared to the actual population of street dogs.

BDA was putting about 600 - 800 dogs to sleep a while back, and still we have problems like this.
The whole issue has been ignored for way too long for it to become a menace now.

3/04/2007 05:38:00 PM  

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