A faculty alumni association vowed to give coins to civic authorities that destroy the most canines in the state of Kerala, India, where more than 700 people have been injured in dog attacks in the past four months, including 175 kids.
The Aged Pupils Welfare Association of St. Thomas School in Kerala said the award would be given to the heads of panchayats and municipalities across the state where the most stray dogs are culled, India’s PTI news agency reported.
"We're planning to give the present to panchayat presidents and municipality chairmen in the state who lead in killing maximum quantity of stray dogs. Our aim will be to be sure the security of individuals from violent canines," James Pambaykkal, Association General Secretary, said, including the gold coins would be bought with the contributions, earmarked by representatives of the 1,200-member association.
The weight of the coins is to be determined based on the total amount accumulated, with Pambaykkal noting the civic authorities will have to submit day to day figures of the animals that are culled.
Four Kerala residents died after receiving fatal injuries in canine attacks in the last four months. This year alone, as many as 53,000 people had to receive special treatment for dog bites in local hospitals, according to PTI.
A 90-year old man from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital and biggest city of Kerala, died on Wednesday after being assaulted by a pack of stray dogs, the Times of India reported.
The woman’s son said more than 100 stray dogs assaulted his mum.
Veterinarians and animal rights activists say the anti-dog sentiment in the state escalated following the latest attacks, noting that reducing the dog threat is a challenge.
“People are yelling, ‘Kill them, kill them, kill them,’ but even if you keep killing daily, you can never achieve the zero number,” Kishore Janardhanan, a veterinary surgeon at a government-run dog birth control hospital in Kochi, told the Washington Post. “There's no easy, magic treatment for the dog threat. The scientific thing to do is sterilisation. But our work was discredited as a measure that was soft,” he noted.
“ the media, The politicians and the vigilante groups — Kerala has been got by them into a panic mode, an activist with People For Animals in the state, ” Latha Indira, added. “There is not any room for restraint or reason. Animal lovers are on the defensive right now.”
Over 100,000 people in Kerala were bitten by dogs in 2015 16, a Supreme Court-appointed panel said in August, warning that frequent serious situation, was a by stray dog attacks on children in the state created PTI reported.
“India is a nation with substantial deadly rabies instances, primarily due. Regular stray dog assaults on children in Kerala have created a dangerous scenario. According to government figures, 701 individuals, including 175 kids, were injured across the state in isolated dog assaults,” a committee headed by former Kerala High Court Judge Justice S S Jagan said in its report, citing episodes of stray dogs “chasing, attacking and biting school children, aged persons, pedestrians, morning walkers and two-wheeler riders.”