New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said a balance has to be struck between the safety of people and the rights of animals. It suggested that people feeding stray dogs could be made responsible for getting them vaccinated and bearing the cost if the animal attacks someone. On the issue of tackling the problem of stray dogs, a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and JK Maheshwari said, “Some solution has to be found.” Hearing the matter, Justice Khanna said, “Most of us are dog lovers. I also feed dogs. Something came to my mind. People (dogs) should be taken care of, but they should be marked, not tracked through chip, I am not in favor of it.’
The top court said that a rational solution should be found to address the issue of stray dogs. It listed the next hearing for September 28, directing both the parties to file their replies. The top court is hearing a number of petitions on issues related to orders passed by various municipal bodies on killing stray dogs, which have become a menace especially in Kerala and Mumbai.