The Kerala state government informed the Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra asking all district panchayats to keep aside three acres of land specifically for ‘stray dog zoos‘. The proposal given by the state government came after Supreme Court questioned the state on the construction of shelter homes for the stray dog population because of the rising dog menace on the streets of Kerala.
However, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and activists argued about the legitimacy and effectiveness of this proposal by Kerala state government. “What the State is planning to do with these dog zoos? These dogs will become even more ferocious and their population will increase.” said, senior advocate Anand Grover from Animal Welfare Board of India.
“There is no room for dog zoos under the 2001 Rules,” he added. 2001 rules were framed under the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Act to avoid man-dog conflict and curb down rabies and attacks from dogs.
Counter the argument, lawyer Sabu Stephen, a petitioner from Kerala said “001 Rules had been prevalent for years and “where has the population of stray dogs gone down.”
“Do stray dogs have a natural right to attack humans?” he asked.
Around 1.16 lakh people had been affected in the State and 22 died, according to the reports. Kerala has 3.5 lakh stray dogs in the state.