Nobody can destroy stray dogs in entirety, they have a right to live: Supreme Court

"Just because there are some stray dogs in a field or a school, they cannot be killed".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 18, 2017 10:04 am
supreme court, stray dogs, kerala stray dogs, stray dogs kerala, kerala sc stray dogs, stray dog culling, news, latest news, stray dog culling order, animal welfare board india, awbi stray dogs, stray dog culling programme The apex court has been hearing a batch of petitions on issues relating to orders passed by various civic bodies on culling of stray dogs which have become a menace, especially in Kerala and Mumbai.

“Stray dogs have a right to live,” was how the Supreme Court reacted sharply on Tuesday when a submission was made that such canines should be completely destroyed across the country.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi observed that though culling of stray dogs was permissible, there has to be a balance and a proper method for this. When one of the petitioners told the apex court that he wanted to “totally destroy” stray dogs across India, the bench said “nobody can destroy stray dogs in entirety. They also have a right to live”.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Pinky Anand concurred with the observations of apex court and said that stray dogs have a right to live and there has to be a balance.

The apex court has been hearing a batch of petitions on issues relating to orders passed by various civic bodies on culling of stray dogs which have become a menace, especially in Kerala and Mumbai.

During the hearing, the bench said in Kerala, there were issues of human concern but for this all stray dogs cannot be killed. “A person can die due to dog bite. It is an accident and for that, we cannot say kill all the stray dogs,” it said.

The bench was also informed that a panel headed by former Kerala High Court judge Sri Jagan had received around 400 matters related to dog bites and it was working on it. The panel was set up by the apex court to inquire into incidents in which people and even children killed stray dogs and these acts were supported by several vigilante groups in Kerala.

“The panel has received around 400 applications out of which 24 have been settled. The committee is working on it,” one of the counsel told the bench, which listed the matter for further hearing on March one.

When an advocate told the court that people have died due to dog bites in Kerala and children were unable to go to school due to this menace, the bench said “just because there are some stray dogs in a field or a school, they cannot be killed”.

“They (stray dogs) have to be taken to shelter homes….if there is no way out, they have to be culled and not killed. But there has to be a method for it,” it said.

To this, one of the petitioners said he would construct shelter homes for dogs in his area in Kerala but the apex court asked him to submit a concrete proposal and prepare a road map.

During the hearing, another petitioner told the bench that vigilante groups in the state were still killing stray dogs despite apex court’s direction in this regard.

The bench said it would hear the matter on the next date of hearing.

The Supreme Court had earlier restrained vigilante groups in Kerala from imparting training to children, distributing airguns to the people at subsidised rates to kill stray dogs and publicly propagate that there was a “war” against canines in the state.

Kerala’s counsel had told the bench the state government was making “immense efforts” to curtail the spread of stray dogs and trying to ensure that no canines attack humans.

In an affidavit filed before the apex court, the Centre had said, “Involvement of various agencies/departments at the central and state level, more particularly at the state level, was required in proper and effective control and management of stray dogs as per ABC Rules implemented by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).”

The court appointed panel, in its interim report, had said more than one lakh people in Kerala have been bitten by dogs in 2015-16 and warned that frequent stray dog attacks on children there had created a dangerous situation.

Some NGOs and individual petitioners have moved the apex court against the decisions of some high courts, including the Bombay High Court and Kerala High Court, to allow municipal authorities to deal with the stray dogs menace as per the rules.

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  1. dark star
    Dec 12, 2017 at 1:11 am
    these pantywaist judges,grow a back bones, these dogs are a menace, either keep the big once atleast, away from the people or cull them, what would happen if some dies by rabies,who would be responsible? Same goes for some of these stray bulls, keep these ed animals away from the god people you morons.
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    1. Troll lol25
      Nov 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm
      FIRE EVERYONE ON THE LEFTIST SUPREME COURT!! India should just ignore the Supreme Court, until Hindu nationalist far right members are appointed.
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        Anil Vijapure
        Jul 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm
        I am writing to you after going through agonies on account of stray dogs. Even after their sterilization, the various groups of stray dogs keep barking at each other on account of rivalry among them, for claiming supremacy over a particular building area. Due to this problem, the residents of many localities are not able to sleep or study properly, thereby leading a disturbed life. Unfortunately, due to the laws framed recently, these dogs cannot be relocated. Thus the human citizens of the country are left with no choice but to live a disturbed life and wait for death. Please let us know a way out of this problem. I suggest we can reserve an island near India (with large number of trees on it) and transport all dogs in the country to that island. They would live more happily with no humans disturbing them.
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          Ganesh Godik
          Apr 26, 2017 at 6:03 am
          Nice information and useful for public .
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          1. Rakesh Kochhar
            Jan 18, 2017 at 8:10 am
            Does the court know the no of dog bites in the country? 4.5 lacs in Mumbai alone in 5 years with 429 deaths in 20 years which are more than deaths in terror attacks . There are 150000 stray dogs in Mumbai . With similar statistics from all over the country . Dear judges , you should see the real face of India , and not be blind to real problems . What do think the peioners were doing ? Wasting your and their time ? They were trying to save the common man !!!
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