Kerala: Alumni association offers gold coins for culling stray dogs

Four persons have lost their lives and over 700 have been injured in canine attacks in the last four months.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 30, 2016 5:52 pm
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The alumni association of a prominent college has announced gold coins to the civic authorities which would kill the maximum number of stray dogs till December 10 in Kerala where four persons have lost their lives and over 700 have been injured in canine attacks in the last four months.

In the wake of increasing stray dog menace in the state, office bearers of Old Students Welfare Association of Pala-based St Thomas College said the “gift” would be given to the heads of panchayats and municipalities across the state where most stray dogs are killed.

The outfit had hit headlines recently for providing air guns at subsidised rates to deal with violent dogs. Earlier, cash incentives were also offered by a state- based industrialist for culling dogs.

“We are planning to give the gift to panchayat presidents and municipality chairmen in the state who lead in killing maximum number of stray dogs. Our aim is to ensure the safety of people from violent canines,” James Pambaykkal, Association General Secretary, told PTI.

Accusing the government of inactivity on the stray dog issue, he said the association was attempting to end the menace with the participation of people. The gold coins would be bought with the contributions, collected from the representatives of the 1200 member- association, he said.

The weight of the coins would be decided according to the total amount collected, James, a physics post-graduate who passed out from the college in 1984, said. He said the civic authorities, who apply for the gold coins, should submit day-to-day figures of the culled dogs.

The stray dog issue in the state came into limelight again after the gruesome killing of 90-year-old Raghavan who was mauled to death by a pack of street dogs at Varkala on October 26. As per government figures, four persons were killed in the last four months in stray dog attacks and 701 people, including 175 children, were injured across the state.

This year, 53,000 people had to take treatment for dog bites in government medical college hospitals alone. As many as 88,172 suffered dog bites in 2013 while it was 1,19,119 in 2014 and 47,156 in 2015 in the state, the figures added.

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  1. A
    Adrian Akau
    Oct 31, 2016 at 1:37 am
    Kerala is living in a reverse jungle. The dogs are the hunters and the people are the prey.
    1. B
      Oct 31, 2016 at 3:38 am
      Deeply ashamed to be a Malayalee.
      1. M
        Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Oct 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm
        They should extend this gold coin giving business to those who kill maximum number of animal lovers also.
      2. J
        Oct 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm
        Silly bhakts see religion and food habits in the issue of stray dogs also. Just because the name of the college is Christian bhakts cannot resist taking potshots at irrelevant issues. Are other states having peaceful dogs? But bhakts are;br/gt;For their information a senior BJP leader criticised his own minister for supporting the cause of stray dogs.
        1. C
          Oct 30, 2016 at 2:55 pm
          Change your name to Blind Keralite instead of Indian.
          1. C
            Oct 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm
            What is this college producing? Terrorists?? Killing stray dogs is not solution. One, the local strays will be replaced soon by strays from other territories which are not familiar with the people of the locality. Two, the rodent potion will increase and it will affect food grain storage, farmers will be affected, and might even lead to plague which is what happened in Surat after m killing of dogs. Given the dirty habits of Keralites throwing garbage in the nearest vacant plot, unhealthy eating habits like consuming beef, mutton in excess diseased cattle is brought from neighboring states to satiate their appee. This generates more waste though both food waste and slaughter house waste. The dogs that are habituated eating this flesh turn ferocious and attack people. Given that the govts that ruled not giving priority to waste management things got worse. Ban throwing of meat waste in public, ban cattle from other states being brought to Kerala, feed dogs only veg food, biscuits, chappatis, or any such leftover, over time the dogs will be okay. Present ferocious dogs need to be rounded up and kept in dog shelter. Wish the alumni did some research and teach people than pour their wealth and encourage fraud.
            1. C
              Oct 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm
              This answers your question below.
              1. C
                Oct 30, 2016 at 6:04 pm
                Yes, there is a differentiation between dogs and humans. This applies to wild animals too a tiger that has tasted human blood will turn man eater. Also, to some extent it is applicable to human beings who slaughter meat but not those who eat. That is why groups like ISIS sensitize new recruits by asking them to decapitate dogs. It is the same people in Kannur who kill dogs and hang from pole to show their hatred towards the BJP worker they killed and as a warning to other people.
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