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BREAKING NEWS: On November 17th, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered the Kerala government to take action against vigilante groups that have been killing stray dogs in the state. This is a short-term victory. Read more about a long-term solution below.
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In response to a string of attacks by stray dogs and government inaction regarding the issue, members of the Kerala Congress Youth Front beat approximately 10 dogs to death, then tied five of the carcasses to a pole and paraded the dead dogs through the streets.

Four people have been arrested with under section 428 and 429 of IPC and Section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty against animals, but public opinion supports the animal abusers and their brutal massacre. According to The News Minute: "A prominent Malayalam paper called it 'a protest with a difference.' A local paper said 'murderous dogs have been given capital punishment.'"

India has a massive stray dog problem, and the government has consistently failed to control the stray dog population and protect people. In 2014, the Kerala Health Department reported 119,000 bites and 10 deaths from stray dogs. Anger at dog attacks and bureaucratic inaction is understandable, but their cruel response is unjustifiable.

In the past, national programs to manage the stray dog crisis have fizzled due to a lack of commitment when the story is out of the media forefront, but if the Kerala Congress Youth Front and the media response to their actions is any indication, this is no small or short-term issue.

Sterilization programs can help keep stray populations in check, while local education programs can better inform people how to safely interact with stray dogs. Tell the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate which oversees the Animal Welfare Board of India, the National Institute of Animal Welfare, and the enforcement of the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act, to develop and commit to the implementation of a nationwide program which works with locals to ensure stray dog populations are humanely managed.

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To the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate,

I am appalled by the recent cruelty perpetrated upon stray dogs by the Kerala Congress Youth Front. While dog attacks are absolutely frightening, this inhumane response to innocent strays is unjustifiable.

What's worse, is that the local media seems to applaud the Kerala Congress Youth Front's actions. According to The News Minute: "A prominent Malayalam paper called it 'a protest with a difference.' A local paper said 'murderous dogs have been given capital punishment.'"

In the past, national programs to manage the stray dog crisis have fizzled due to a lack of commitment when the story is out of the media forefront. This horrific incident proves the government cannot afford to ignore the issue of stray dogs any longer. This is not a small or short-term issue, and it will take determination on a national scale to tackle this problem.

That's why I'm writing you asking that you develop and commit to the implementation of a nationwide program which works with locals to ensure stray dog populations are humanely managed. Sterilization programs can help keep stray populations in check, while local education programs can better inform people how to safely interact with stray dogs.

This problem can be solved, but not without the will to solve it. Please, be a voice for change for India's stray dogs and citizens.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


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Mar 24, 2017 janet stanwix
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Fiona Forrest
Mar 24, 2017 Candace Amsler
Mar 24, 2017 matthew robinson
Mar 24, 2017 kayla craft
Mar 24, 2017 Joyce Coogan
Mar 24, 2017 Andrea Harrison
Mar 24, 2017 emma rugari
Mar 24, 2017 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Mar 23, 2017 Sherrie Collins
Mar 23, 2017 Dr.Sadie Lewis Violence, abuse, torture- sick and evil. We each need to positize our cover of the world.
Mar 23, 2017 Monika Saluter
Mar 23, 2017 Ava Harms
Mar 23, 2017 J Kies
Mar 23, 2017 Beatriz Yañez
Mar 23, 2017 Beatriz Zebadua
Mar 23, 2017 JANE Rosa
Mar 23, 2017 Carrie Carlson
Mar 23, 2017 Torunn Hvilsten
Mar 23, 2017 Jeffrey Bains
Mar 23, 2017 Jeanette Kelly
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Johnson
Mar 23, 2017 Rosa Pereira
Mar 23, 2017 Felecia Markham
Mar 23, 2017 Sandra DeLong
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Mar 23, 2017 Joan Colgrove
Mar 23, 2017 tammy oare
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Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) The more I know people, the more I love animals.
Mar 21, 2017 DOROTHY MILLIGAN
Mar 21, 2017 sue line
Mar 20, 2017 CATHY WITT
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Mar 20, 2017 Andrea Stange
Mar 20, 2017 Priyanka Guha Roy
Mar 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Mar 20, 2017 Sherry Compton Despicable, heartless cruelty!!!!!!
Mar 20, 2017 sally timmins
Mar 20, 2017 Ann Reed
Mar 20, 2017 Garry Taroli
Mar 19, 2017 Ellen Prior
Mar 19, 2017 Martine Riscalla

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