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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


Nov 24, 2017 Aisling Goodwin
Nov 24, 2017 Rory Tipping
Nov 23, 2017 Misa Cajnko
Nov 23, 2017 N Dea çalışkan
Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Naomi Sobo
Nov 22, 2017 Lena Holgersdotter
Nov 22, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Nov 22, 2017 Dianna Wallace
Nov 22, 2017 Megan Masters
Nov 22, 2017 Mindy Schech
Nov 22, 2017 Susan Bradshaw
Nov 22, 2017 Tina Van Rikxoord
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Cynthia Pealo Shame on you killing all these dogs!!! It's not the dogs fault...
Nov 21, 2017 Binny Rehsi
Nov 21, 2017 Neethu Krishna Stray dogs must be protected by laws and stop inhuman killing of dogs
Nov 21, 2017 Kathy Sutter I thought that India was a peaceful nation; Gandi would be APPALLED!!
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Nov 20, 2017 Kat Lang
Nov 19, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Carolyn Francis
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 Chris Macy
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 debbie williams
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Vivienne Ben-Shir
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2017 Marie Hernandes
Nov 17, 2017 judy lim
Nov 16, 2017 Mark Berriman
Nov 16, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 16, 2017 Glenda Valle
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) Encourage your population to be responsible, loving, pet owners
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 Monica Odgers Humans are called to be compassionate caregivers, protectors & stewards of our planet & its beings.Helping not harming.”We must remember in our dealings with animals-they are a SACRED TRUST to us.They cannot speak for themselves.”Harriet Beecher Stowe
Nov 16, 2017 JANNA PERKINS
Nov 16, 2017 Snezana Trkulja
Nov 16, 2017 Ashley Wong
Nov 16, 2017 Karen McMurray
Nov 16, 2017 Carole Mathews
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Jeanne Bradbury

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