The Kerala minister said that the government has decided to approach the Supreme Court on the increase in dog attacks in the state.
The Kerala minister said that the government has many plans ready to deal with this problem.
Till the month of August 2022, 14 cases of death due to rabies have been reported.
New Delhi. The Kerala government has decided to approach the Supreme Court on Monday as the cases of stray dog bites increase. It has also sought permission to kill mad and violent dogs and announced a one-month campaign to stop this menace. Minister MB Rajesh after meeting with the concerned departments and agencies said, “The situation is really serious. We have decided to approach the Supreme Court and come up with several schemes to stop the increasing cases of dog bites.” The minister said that the campaign will be run for a month from September 20 by the state government with the help of local bodies, voluntary organizations and women self-help groups like Kudumbashree.
According to the Hindustan Times report, Minister MB Rajesh said, “We will strictly increase the Animal Birth Control (ABC) measures. Also we will identify hot spots and make canine shelters. We will also monitor waste management on a war footing and procure adequate vaccines.” In the last few months, despite taking the rabies vaccine, there has been a manifold increase in cases of stray dog bites and five deaths have been reported. Animal lovers partly welcomed the government’s initiative but cautioned about the potential for misuse of some of the demands. Animal rights activist and author Sridevi Karta said some of these remedies are good. But how can you identify violent dogs? Just as the mood of humans changes, the behavior of animals also changes. A dog cannot be violent 24 hours a day.
According to the state health ministry data, more than 95,000 people were bitten by dogs in the last eight months and 14 people died compared to 11 last year. Of the 14 deaths, five have taken the intravenal rabies vaccine. The figures for the last five years show that 1,48,899 cases have been reported in 2018, 1,61,055 in 2019, 1,60,483 in 2020, 2,21, 379 in 2021 and 1,21 thousand in 2022. The deaths due to rabies are also increasing. There have been 9 deaths in the year 2018, 8 deaths in 2019, 5 deaths in 2020, 11 deaths in 2021 and 14 deaths in 2022 till August.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 13, 2022, 05:07 IST