‘No country has as many stray dogs as India, and no country suffers as much from them. Free-roaming dogs number in the tens of millions and bite millions of people annually, including vast numbers of children. An estimated 20,000 people die every year from rabies infections — more than a third of the global rabies toll.
Packs of strays lurk in public parks, guard alleyways and street corners and howl nightly in neighborhoods and villages. Joggers carry bamboo rods to beat them away, and bicyclists fill their pockets with stones to throw at chasers. Walking a pet dog here can be akin to swimming with sharks.’
What a frightening picture! And why is the problem in India so out of control? Here is one part of the explanation:
‘A 2001 law forbade the killing of dogs, and the stray population has increased so much that officials across the country have expressed alarm.’
I don’t mean to oversimplify a very complex issue. India’s dog problems go well beyond ‘No Kill’. But the simple fact is, problems have a tendency to keep magnifying unless someone is prepared to make tough decisions.