The Dogfight between Article 21 v/s Article 51 …

Further on the Man-eaters of Bangalore, and the subsequent controversies on Stray dogs killing, sterilization and protection, finally BCC ( Bangalore City Corporation) launched a war against stray dogs following increasing reports of brutal canine attacks in the city.

Article 51(A)(g) of the Indian Constitution clearly states that it is fundamental Duty of all citizens to show compassion for all living creatures. Animal Birth Control Rules (2001) issued under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960,(PCA Act) prescribes sterilization of all healthy dogs ad killing of sick and rabid dogs. These rules override all other laws, which are opposed to animals. Says CUPA

Paranoia over stray dogs has gripped Bangalore since the gruesome death of a 9-year-old girl who was mauled by a pack of stray dogs a fortnight ago. The death of Sridevi shocked the city and forced the BCC to carry out a drive against strays during which 750 dogs have been put to sleep. However, these figures fail to impress citizens’ groups like Stray Dog Free Bangalore (SDFB), who point out that more than 70,000 stray dogs are roaming the streets of Bangalore and as many as 28,000 cases of dog bites were reported last year, illustrates this news item.

The menace of street dogs came up before the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday 10th Jan 07,with a public interest litigation (PIL) petition being filed on it. The court was told that some of the provisions of Animal Birth Control (ABC) rules, under which all animals, including street dogs, are classified are unfriendly to human beings. While some provisions of the ABC are unworkable, some are in direct conflict with the liberty and life of a citizen and violates Article 21 of the Constitution.
The petitioner, B. Krishna Bhat, said several people in Bangalore had suffered dog bites and that the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) had been lax in tackling the issue of stray dogs. He claimed that the sterilization of dogs had not ended the menace of street dogs. Instead sterilized dogs had become more ferocious and this, he said, is clear from increased attacks on people. Refer the full story here…
I hope all these initiatives are well balanced and can support well-being of both sides….

1 Comment so far

  1. M O H A N (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 9:39 am

    All animal lovers should roam the bangalore roads past midnight. They can then start showering their unlimited love and affection and carry them away to their homes.

    This will atleast provide some bait to dogs who are hungy while late home comers knuckles are spared.

    There is a point of limit for everything. By sterlizing they are hoping future is protected but what about the current now?

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