For Immediate Release:
19 July 2013
‘Jailing’ 30,000 Animals – in Direct Violation of Anti-Cruelty Laws – Is Not the Way to Deal With Chennai’s Strays, Say Petitioners
Chennai – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, The Voice of Stray Dogs and caring citizens have filed a joint petition with the High Court of Madras demanding that it halt Mayor Saidai Duraisamy’s unlawful, arbitrary, unscientific and irrational plan to build 15 pounds throughout the city and fill each one with up to 2,000 dogs collected from the streets. The petition points out that relocating “community dogs” is illegal under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and also violates the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, which mandates that dogs living on the streets be treated, sterilised, immunised and returned to the location where they were found. Earlier, PETA and representatives from other animal-protection non-governmental organisations had met with or appealed to Duraisamy to drop the plans for the “forever pounds”.
It has also been learnt that the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, has written to Duraisamy regarding the illegality of his plan.
“Confining dogs to what will essentially be prisons is not only cruel and illegal but also ineffective because other strays will simply move into the vacant areas”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “The only way to fix the stray-dog problem is to sterilise Chennai’s dogs and for the public never to patronise breeders or pet shops, which churn out puppies for profit, only making the overpopulation issue worse.”
Copies of PETA’s letters to the Mayor are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.