There are many animal friends among humans. But, are they following legal and moral rules connected to taking care of these organisms, who cannot speak human language? A Journalist Reveals connected with the Indian chapter of the animal rights organization PeTA to learn a few things about animal-keeping. So, Deepak Chaudhary, Emergency Response Coordinator – PeTA India and Wildlife Conservationist – WSI helps us with the article – PeTA explains animal rights (Part V).
In 1998, we were told that the BMC was sterilizing street dogs and had reached Bandra beginning from South Mumbai. In 2019, they have still not reached the deep suburbs. Can you let us know what is happening?
Stray dogs are a result of the failure of governments inadequately implementing the animal sterilization program and from “pet” animals, who have been abandoned. Also, the large amounts of garbage that can be found on nearly any Indian street and slaughterhouses help sustain stray-dog populations.
The Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules 2001 say that “The street dogs shall be sterilized and immunized by the participation of animal welfare organizations, private individuals and the local authority”. But often, municipalities fail to have a program or fail to recognize the importance of supporting the program adequately and thoroughly.
Civic authorities must run humane and effective animal birth control programs and put the animals back in the exact places where they were found. However, governments cannot be expected to do this alone.
It is irresponsible for anyone to breed or buy animals when there are millions of homeless dogs and cats languishing on the streets and in animal shelters. Every time someone buys a ‘foreign’ purebred puppy or kitten from a breeder or pet shop, an animal in the Indian community loses his or her chance at finding a loving home.
PeTA India is urging people with the time, space and resources to welcome a dog or cat into their home to stop buying puppies and kittens in favor of adopting an animal from the Indian community. Pedigree dogs sold in pet shops are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, love and socialization. Because they are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears or drooping backs, many foreign breeds of dogs – including boxers, German shepherds and pugs – suffer from abnormally high rates of genetic and hereditary diseases. Common health ailments found in purebred dogs include breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. In contrast, mixed-breed dogs – including those whose lives are at risk living on the streets and those languishing in shelters – are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.
PeTA India also encourages dog and cat guardians to get their companion animals sterilized.
Without sterilization, several unwanted animals are born to struggle for survival on the streets. They are abused by cruel or neglectful people and/or end up in animal shelters. An unaltered female dog with her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies within just 6 years. Similarly, a female cat with her kittens can produce 370,000 young ones. The sterilized females do not endure the stress and discomfort they would usually feel during heat periods and the process highly reduced the mammary cancer risk. Males, when neutered, do not roam or fight.
We recently saw that a diseased dog had died. Someone told us that it was inhumanly beaten to death. We wish that something can be done for such diseased dogs. Can PeTA help?
Killing stray dogs is neither a legal nor a scientific way to curb the stray animal population. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) India – Emergency Response Team on an average receive 60 animal cruelty cases every day. PeTA India has worked in many cases with the authorities to book the accused under the law.