PETA to Karnataka Chief Minister: Call Off Inhumane Gassing of Community Dogs in Lethal Chambers

For Immediate Release:
14 December 2012

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

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Bangalore – Following the Karnataka High Court’s order allowing community dogs who represent a “menace” in the eyes of their accuser to be rounded up and killed in gas chambers, PETA this week sent an urgent letter to Chief Minister Jagadish Shivappa Shettar urging him to ask municipalities not to implement the order, which is in direct violation of longstanding laws and rules regarding dogs. The Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, enacted under the provisions of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, stipulates euthanasia only for “incurably ill or mortally wounded dogs” and says nothing about killing dogs deemed a “menace”. Also, carbon monoxide gassing, the recommended method of killing, can cause acute pain and suffering prior to death. Furthermore, the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, stipulates that population control of stray dogs shall be carried out through sterilisation, not execution.

Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA India’s director of veterinary affairs, writes, “Even the best equipment can fail to detect an inconsistent concentration of carbon monoxide in the chamber, causing animals to convulse and their muscles to spasm as they slowly die. Animals often scream in an anxious panic, struggling for air, as the gas irritates their eyes and noses. Some dogs may still be alive when their bodies are dumped or incinerated”.

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PETA’s letter to Shettar is available upon request.