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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


Feb 24, 2018 Rose Caffarelli
Feb 24, 2018 Tracy Kalesnik
Feb 24, 2018 Elisa Leflore
Feb 24, 2018 Lynne Minore
Feb 24, 2018 celeste horn
Feb 23, 2018 A Martin
Feb 23, 2018 Daniel Kaula
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 April Decker This barbaric behavior gives India a bad image, and will negatively impact tourism. I certainly will not travel there if bands of feral men are allowed to beat dogs to death.
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Marilyn Sowa
Feb 23, 2018 Diane Ward
Feb 23, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Feb 23, 2018 Maria Mariorenzi
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 21, 2018 Lonnie Almeida
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Melanie Blackburn
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Feb 20, 2018 ELIZABETH HALBERG
Feb 19, 2018 valerie brown
Feb 19, 2018 Judy McKinney
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Brandy Thompson So very wrong
Feb 19, 2018 Joan Heezen
Feb 19, 2018 Richard Rheder
Feb 18, 2018 Barbara Siewert
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
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Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Robert Cubbage
Feb 16, 2018 Terrill McMahon
Feb 15, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 15, 2018 Michelle Shuster
Feb 14, 2018 dawn mckinney
Feb 14, 2018 Rahile Mehdiyeva
Feb 12, 2018 Lee Michales
Feb 11, 2018 Michael Collier
Feb 11, 2018 MARTHA LIBIA PEÑA HERRERA
Feb 11, 2018 Adeline Wong
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad Bible says an eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. Do tis to them
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 9, 2018 Jane Davidson
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Feb 8, 2018 Sandra Just
Feb 8, 2018 sue johnson
Feb 7, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
Feb 6, 2018 Shay Baggett

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