I am sorry, street dog population should come down or should end in India. It is a complete responsibility of village panchayat and the city corporations. One cannot be sure, how many rabies death are occurring in India every year. How many rabies vaccines are sold by the pharma giants in India. On the other hand, you are not sure, how many street dogs are killed on the roads and left to eat human wastes. It may not also surprise you, to hear about the news that dozen of dogs, dragged and killed a few months old baby in Bangalore, who was sleeping in the hut.
In the western or the developed countries it is completely controlled. Only house/pet dogs are allowed, that too with too many restrictions, fined heavily if not followed dog rules.
Many would argue that it is matter of life of an animal. Yes, its true. Life of every insect or animal must be respected. There is no second opinion. But then, why do we kill mosquitoes by hands, by chemical weapons, we kill ants using force. But why not dangerous street dogs.
We should accept that street dogs are not fed properly, they eat anything they get, have all kind of diseases. Otherwise, there should not be any objections to own a pet dog at home, which live inside gates or within house compounds. It should not be a problem. But street dogs should be eliminated. It is in the interest of human beings.
In fact, I have always doubted, why the non-profit organisation like Blue Cross, in India have never raised their flags in the western/developed countries. May be rabies vaccine producers are using Blue cross like non-profit organisations to sustain the revenue. If Blue Cross concerns about life, they should be held accountable for human deaths, which are due to rabies.
On the other hand, many dog enthusiast would raise hands in support of street dogs. I am afraid, people who raise hands here could adopt a street dog and take it to their home today!
More importantly, there are many other safety and social problems due to the dogs, and to the dogs themselves.
Are we safe on the roads?
Are the dogs on the roads are safe?
Are the street dogs living in hygienic conditions?
If every street dog is not fed? could you imagine, what is their daily food? What they eat?
It is a fact that, most two wheeler accidents and deaths are happening because of street dogs. Similarly, most dogs are killed because of cars and other four wheelers.
Wake up in the morning and watch on the state highways, district highways.. We could see dozen’s of dogs are killed on each road.
Is this the way we should treat an animal. Is what the Blue Cross wants, how dogs are to be treated.
Personally, everyone like dogs, many have a dog on their street as well! Because, they extend love when they see us. Many feed them. But that is not the point. We should see overall phenomena/epidemic of street dogs specially in sub-urban, and metro cities. How children are frightened, and bitten.
Many supporters of street dogs are talking on sympathy, rather than the facts! just count the deaths of dogs, rabies, human deaths. Street dog is a mess. Even if India can establish a ministry for Dog, Still, we wont be able to make a systematic living for street dogs life. Good friends of dogs should never let them to be street dogs, with no carer.
STREET DOG = IGNORANCE of HUMAN
Note: In India, about 15 million people are bitten by animals, mostly dogs, every year and need post exposure prophylaxis. Since 1985, India has reported an estimated 25 000–30 000 human deaths from rabies annually (the lower estimate is based on projected statistics from isolation hospitals in 1985).2 The majority of people who die of rabies are people of poor or low-income socio economic status.3 The incidence of death from rabies in Asia is given in Figure 2.5 Because rabies is not a notifiable disease in India and there is no organized surveillance system of human or animal cases, the actual number of deaths may be much higher. The latest figure projected from the National Multi centric Rabies Survey, conducted in 2004 by the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India in collaboration with the World Health Organization,1 is 20 565 deaths from rabies per year.
Figure 2: Incidence of human deaths from rabies in Asia, 2004.5 Reproduced with permission from the World Health Organization.
Most animal bites in India (91.5%) are by dogs, of which about 60% are strays and 40% pets. The incidence of animal bites is 17.4 per 1000 population. A person is bitten every 2 seconds, and someone dies from rabies every 30 minutes. The annual number of person-days lost because of animal bites is 38 million, and the cost of post-bite treatment is about $25 million.2
The steady increase in the number of cases involving dog bites and an ever-increasing demand for postexposure vaccination poses the question of whether India is in the midst of an epidemic of rabies in dogs or whether these increases merely reflect uncontrolled growth in the dog population and greater number of humans exposed to them.
Rabies is fully preventable. About 563 million United States dollars are spent annually in the world on measures to prevent rabies,
1 yet in countries of south-eastern Asia the disease is still an important public health problem. An estimated 45% of all deaths from rabies occur in that part of the world.
2 The situation is especially pronounced in India, which reports about 18 000 to 20 000 cases of rabies a year and about 36% of the world’s deaths from the disease.
3 Rabies incidence in India has been constant for a decade, without any obvious declining trend, and reported incidence is probably an underestimation of true incidence because in India rabies is still not a notifiable disease.
4 This situation is rooted in a general lack of awareness of preventive measures, which translates into insufficient dog vaccination, an uncontrolled canine population, poor knowledge of proper post-exposure prophylaxis on the part of many medical professionals, and an irregular supply of anti-rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin, particularly in primary-health-care facilities.
In India, rabies affects mainly people of lower socio-economic status and children between the ages of 5 and 15 years.
5 Indian children often play near stray dogs, which are many and roam freely, and are used to sharing their food with them, which results in frequent bites. In one study, most children attacked by dogs were unaware of having been bitten and their parents often ignored the attacks or simply treated the wounds by applying indigenous products such as hot peppers or turmeric. Only a few parents sought medical advice, usually with delay.1
2 year old baby killed :
Watch this video.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlUGlEqvz2A
Read this : http://www.ndtv.com/bangalore-news/baby-mauled-to-death-by-stray-dogs-in-bangalore-444887