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Rights body writes to Sonia,seeks action against Mofar

The controversy over a Punjab Congress MLA suggesting that stray dogs be sent to Northeast for “whatever they do to them” as a way to tackle the canine menace has refused to die down with an umbrella body of animal rights organisation taking up the issue with AICC president Sonia Gandhi.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2012 3:11:24 am

The controversy over a Punjab Congress MLA suggesting that stray dogs be sent to Northeast for “whatever they do to them” as a way to tackle the canine menace has refused to die down with an umbrella body of animal rights organisation taking up the issue with AICC president Sonia Gandhi.

In a letter to Sonia Gandhi,who is also the UPA chairperson,the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) said they were “appalled to hear” such an “irresponsible,inhumane and derogatory” statement by a Congress member and sought action against him.

MLA Ajit Singh Mofar had moved a resolution in the Punjab Assembly on June 28,seeking to tackle stray dogs menace in the state by sending them to China,Nagaland and Mizoram.

“We can make arrangements to catch such dogs,put them in jungle or zoos. Maybe we can then send them to Nagaland,Mizoram and China where they are more needed,” he had said in a veiled reference to the practice in some communities in Northeastern states where dogs are killed for their meat.

FIAPO campaign coordinator Alokparna Sengupta said Mofar’s statement is “not acceptable at all”.

“We request you to kindly take necessary steps to reprimand such behaviour and also take precautions so as to prevent such future irresponsible statements by any political party,” FIAPO Chief Executive Officer Arpan Sharma said in the letter.

It is important that the common man follow ‘Ahimsa (non violence)’ teachings and “not cruel and inhumane suggestions by irresponsible politicians”,the letter said.

Mofar’s remarks had also been condemned by animal rights activists,including BJP leader Maneka Gandhi,who said it was “derogatory” to the people of North-East.

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