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BREAKING NEWS: On November 17th, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered the Kerala government to take action against vigilante groups that have been killing stray dogs in the state. This is a short-term victory. Read more about a long-term solution below.
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In response to a string of attacks by stray dogs and government inaction regarding the issue, members of the Kerala Congress Youth Front beat approximately 10 dogs to death, then tied five of the carcasses to a pole and paraded the dead dogs through the streets.

Four people have been arrested with under section 428 and 429 of IPC and Section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty against animals, but public opinion supports the animal abusers and their brutal massacre. According to The News Minute: "A prominent Malayalam paper called it 'a protest with a difference.' A local paper said 'murderous dogs have been given capital punishment.'"

India has a massive stray dog problem, and the government has consistently failed to control the stray dog population and protect people. In 2014, the Kerala Health Department reported 119,000 bites and 10 deaths from stray dogs. Anger at dog attacks and bureaucratic inaction is understandable, but their cruel response is unjustifiable.

In the past, national programs to manage the stray dog crisis have fizzled due to a lack of commitment when the story is out of the media forefront, but if the Kerala Congress Youth Front and the media response to their actions is any indication, this is no small or short-term issue.

Sterilization programs can help keep stray populations in check, while local education programs can better inform people how to safely interact with stray dogs. Tell the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate which oversees the Animal Welfare Board of India, the National Institute of Animal Welfare, and the enforcement of the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act, to develop and commit to the implementation of a nationwide program which works with locals to ensure stray dog populations are humanely managed.

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To the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate,

I am appalled by the recent cruelty perpetrated upon stray dogs by the Kerala Congress Youth Front. While dog attacks are absolutely frightening, this inhumane response to innocent strays is unjustifiable.

What's worse, is that the local media seems to applaud the Kerala Congress Youth Front's actions. According to The News Minute: "A prominent Malayalam paper called it 'a protest with a difference.' A local paper said 'murderous dogs have been given capital punishment.'"

In the past, national programs to manage the stray dog crisis have fizzled due to a lack of commitment when the story is out of the media forefront. This horrific incident proves the government cannot afford to ignore the issue of stray dogs any longer. This is not a small or short-term issue, and it will take determination on a national scale to tackle this problem.

That's why I'm writing you asking that you develop and commit to the implementation of a nationwide program which works with locals to ensure stray dog populations are humanely managed. Sterilization programs can help keep stray populations in check, while local education programs can better inform people how to safely interact with stray dogs.

This problem can be solved, but not without the will to solve it. Please, be a voice for change for India's stray dogs and citizens.

Thank you,

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Jan 17, 2018 cara frame
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Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Debra Glass
Jan 14, 2018 Susan Briggs
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Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 9, 2018 Beth Hukill
Jan 7, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Jan 7, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Jan 7, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 Nico Dabajo
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Jan 3, 2018 Wilma McDonald
Jan 2, 2018 Chinanan Khurasee
Dec 29, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 25, 2017 Sharmila Perera
Dec 25, 2017 Cindy Shoaf
Dec 25, 2017 Michael Frye
Dec 25, 2017 Jackee Goforth
Dec 24, 2017 Ashwini Kumar
Dec 23, 2017 Annie Hatzakorzian
Dec 22, 2017 Diane Chavez
Dec 21, 2017 Beatrice Zuin
Dec 21, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 18, 2017 Vicki Pellegrini
Dec 16, 2017 Ms. Jonnie Allert
Dec 16, 2017 Anna Rossini
Dec 16, 2017 Valeria Ceron
Dec 16, 2017 Helen Auzins
Dec 13, 2017 Cartotto Danielle
Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 11, 2017 Mariam Trubitsyn
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 5, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Dec 3, 2017 Elena Samoylova
Dec 3, 2017 Pia Bolognesi
Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp
Dec 3, 2017 tara thomas
Dec 2, 2017 C.K. Nuetzie Jasiorkowski
Dec 1, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 29, 2017 ARCHANA REBELLO This is so barbaric and disgusting.
Nov 28, 2017 Sydney Nicolas
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