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Ombudsman orders `destruction' of stray dogs

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KOCHI, AUG 25 . The Ombudsman for Local Bodies, K.P. Radhakrishna Menon, has directed all the local bodies in the State to take effective steps "for the destruction of stray dogs".

The Ombudsman initiated suo motu action in the matter following media reports and editorials that highlighted the incidents of stray dogs biting people.

"The corporations, municipalities and panchayats at all levels are directed to take effective steps for destruction of the stray dogs using methods with minimum of suffering and save the inhabitants of the respective areas from the fatal health hazards caused by the stray dogs", the order said.

Taking dig at the animal rights activists, Mr. Menon said "the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules have elevated stray dogs to a status above the place allotted to human beings among God's creations".

Police assistance

He suggested that the local authorities could requisition the assistance of the police in case "any animal lover or welfare organisation, more concerned with the human rights of dogs than that of human beings, cause any obstruction in the discharge of their duties under Section 11 (3) (b) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act".

He also directed that a copy of the order be forwarded to the Government to issue appropriate instructions to the local authorities in regard to the implementation of the order.

On the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, Mr. Menon observed that the rules were of no consequence.

"One would certainly form the opinion, on a detailed study of the Rules, that the Central Government is more concerned with the life of stray dogs than the human beings, for the welfare of whom the framers of the Constitution have made provisions guaranteeing the human rights by incorporating Fundamental Rights chapter in the Constitution", the order said.

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