Target: Dr. R.M. Kharb, Chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India
Goal: Enforce animal welfare regulations and provide better care for stray dogs held for birth control programs.
Four dogs died of post-operative complications at an Animal Birth Control Center in Chennai, India last week due to alleged animal welfare violations. According to The Hindu, the dog corpses were found by a resident who went to the center in search of some stray dogs that had been picked up from his street. After discovering the carcasses he led a protest of over 30 activists who lodged a complaint with the police. Animal welfare activists are now questioning how these centers are being maintained, and the Chennai center is currently being investigated by the Animal Welfare Board of India.
Stray dogs are a serious problem in Chennai and other cities in India, and the sheer number of them has resulted in the difficult question of how to control their ever-growing population. Chennai made groundbreaking progress in 1995 when the traditional “catch-and-kill” policy was exchanged for the more humane Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies Program which seeks to vaccinate, spay, or sterilize the dogs. Studies in 2014 showed that the corporation caught an average of 150 dogs per day, and today sterilization procedures are performed on over 30 dogs each day at the corporation’s facilities.
This humane kind of population control is a fantastic solution, but only if every facility performing these operations is properly maintained and completely in line with animal welfare regulations. Some activists are claiming that the dogs are being starved to death at the facilities, and the recent discovery of the dogs that died post-surgery is an example of why these facilities need to be thoroughly investigated and completely transparent in their treatment of the dogs they hold. Sign the petition below to demand that animal welfare regulations are properly enforced at the Animal Birth Control Center in Chennai, and ensure that these stray dogs receive humane treatment.
Dear Dr. Kharb,
The Animal Birth Control Center in Chennai is currently under fire for alleged animal welfare violations, and needs to be better maintained in order to ensure that the dogs are receiving humane treatment. A resident discovered four dogs last week that had died of post-operative complications, and activists are claiming that the dogs are being starved to death at these facilities. Over 30 animal welfare activists have lodged a complaint with the police. Clearly these centers need to be thoroughly investigated.
Controlling the ever-growing population of stray dogs in Chennai is a serious issue. Animal birth control centers offer a humane solution, but only if every facility performing operations is properly maintained. I am urging you to ensure that animal welfare regulations are better enforced at the Animal Birth Control Center in Chennai. Please take action to give these stray dogs the proper care and treatment they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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