An animal rights group has asked the Supreme Court to investigate the use of funds intended for animal birth control (ABC) programs in the state.
The Thrissur-based Walking Eye Foundation for Animal Advocacy argued in the Supreme Court that the failure of the ABC program should be blamed for the current crisis.
The government’s failure to properly implement the ABC Rules of 2001, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding and Trading of Dogs) Rules of 2017 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules of 2018 led to the current panic situation.
The fake news related to stray dog bites sparked fear among the public and they resorted to illegal dog killing. Although the Animal Welfare Board of India issued a notice to the authorities to take necessary action, no action was taken, the organization said in court.
The failure of the rabies vaccination campaign led to a drastic increase in the number of rabies cases all over Kerala. There are no shelters for sick, injured, disabled or paralyzed animals for palliative care. Police have backed away from taking action against animal cruelty, which has led to an increase in incidents of harassment of street dogs by the public, the petitioner claimed.
The organization asked authorities for guidelines to carry out a survey of stray dogs, strict enforcement of the ABC 2001 rules and a vaccination campaign against rabies.
Advocacy raised by the organization includes strict implementation of pet surveys, pet licensing and microchipping to reduce abandonment of pet dogs, mandatory sterilization of pet dogs, company who do not have breeding license and the sanction of more funds to registered animal welfare organizations for building shelters and purchasing ambulances to carry out animal rescue and rehabilitation activities .
The advocacy group has asked for instructions from the police department to file a first information report on all reported animal cruelty to reduce the number of animal cruelty-related cases.
The Supreme Court, which granted leave to intervene, ordered the parties to the case to file a brief summary of an interim order. The case was released for September 28, said V. Chitambaresh, the organization’s lead attorney.