Hyderabad: Two Hyderabad-based activists alleged that GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) poisoned 150 dogs in Nagole area of Telangana.
They also stated that the dead bodies of animals were disposed of in the dump yard which is behind Auto Nagar. It has also been alleged that some of the dogs were buried alive in the outskirts of the city.
The two activists requested the government to look into the matter and take appropriate action. Speaking to ANI, Gouri Vandana, “I put a sincere request to the Government of Telangana that this is not the solution to get rid of the voiceless. On Friday 150 dogs were poisoned in Nagol, Hyderabad, and dumped in the dump yard which is behind Autonagar. Another animal activist, Payal Khurana said,
“On Friday we got the information that the GHMC has killed the Stray Dogs and Puppies and also some dogs were buried alive in the outskirts of the city, the GHMC has buried 150 dogs till day. The concerned Department and the City Mayor including the GHMC Commissioner have to look into it the matter.”
Unfortunately, there has been a rise in barbaric poisoning of dogs and cats. This obsolete method of getting rid of stray dogs and cats on the streets is very uncivilized. True that stray dogs and cats cause a menace but alternate methods can be adopted rather than poisoning them. Animal care centers can be installed to solve this issue. Proper management of these stray animals must be initiated in these centers.
Another alternative is the government should take steps to initiate this cause and the laws regarding the poisoning of animals must be implied very strictly and swift action must be taken against the guilty. Sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code and the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 make it illegal to maim or cause injury to any animal. Awareness must be created among the citizens about the existence of such laws and its repercussions. NGOs and other associations must voluntarily come together to raise awareness about the poisoning of dogs and cats. Silent rallies, workshops, and programs must be held to discuss this serious issue.