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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


Sep 19, 2017 deb cheshire
Sep 19, 2017 Brent Pennell
Sep 19, 2017 Susan Walsh
Sep 18, 2017 colette stalder
Sep 18, 2017 Gabriela Gurdziel
Sep 17, 2017 Candy Duncan
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 16, 2017 Marga Star Implementate 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.
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Sep 15, 2017 Tonya Raikes
Sep 15, 2017 marina danilova
Sep 15, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
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Sep 14, 2017 Corrina Parker
Sep 14, 2017 barbara hauenstein
Sep 14, 2017 Lin Oliver
Sep 14, 2017 Laurie Gydesen
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Linda Cook
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) Dogs are humans' best friends. Treat them with respect and care as if one would offer to their friends. Be civil. Be compassionate
Sep 13, 2017 Josianne Rigoli
Sep 13, 2017 Debra Carter
Sep 13, 2017 lisa fields MUST ACT NOW!!
Sep 13, 2017 Maria Manzo
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Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
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Sep 13, 2017 Shannah Tenner
Sep 13, 2017 yvonne FOURGOUS
Sep 13, 2017 Anne S. Buttner
Sep 13, 2017 Spasenic Lacramioara
Sep 12, 2017 RoseMarie Di Giovanni-Norton
Sep 12, 2017 karen Lentz
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 11, 2017 Belle Prince
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Sep 10, 2017 Lourdes Escobar
Sep 10, 2017 Sharon Kirk
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham
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Sep 8, 2017 Dariusz Patrzalek
Sep 8, 2017 Adele Kirk
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 7, 2017 Kim Patterson
Sep 7, 2017 Jill Osment
Sep 7, 2017 Anne Marie Baese

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