Enga area ulla varaathey
For the non-tamilian readers, the title means – “Do Not Enter My Area”…
[Source: The Hindu] A dozen stray dogs were shot dead in a multiplex at Kanathur village, East Coast Road on Monday morning. Visitors to the multiplex were aghast to see the multiplex staff supervise a group of ‘narikuravas’ shoot down the animals using country rifles. They were alerted to the shooting when they heard a loud noise around 10 a.m. When they rushed out of the building, they saw the shooters position themselves behind plants, take aim at the community dogs and shoot them down one by one. The dead animals were buried in the sprawling multiplex campus.
One of the shooters told The Hindu that they were asked to shoot down a large number of dogs but most of them ran away soon after the first shot was fired. Staff said that visitors to the multiplex had filed several complaints of dogs attacking them. They claimed they had no other option but to shoot them down. Further, dogs assembled outside the multiplex premises, where restaurant waste was dumped.
The dogs scavenging for food often came into the multiplex premises, they said. The multiplex falls under the Tirupporur Panchayat Union. Officials said the village panchayat, while expressing shock at the incident, said they were unaware of it. Volunteers of the Animal Welfare Protection Trust, based in Vengaivaasal near Tambaram, said shooting stray dogs was in violation of rules laid down to protect animals.
Now, what do I say about this? I agree that sometimes, stray dogs in a public place may be a menace. But, killing them for that??? Who gave us the right to do that? What if one day the dogs decide that humans are a menace and attack them? Why would you want to kill them? You may catch them, move them to somewhere else. But, why kill them? Why wasn’t the Blue Cross notified of this incident? The way, these poor souls have been shot down – it seems to be ruthless execution in the purest form.
Why did a lot of dogs start breeding in that locality in the first place? My blind guess would include the following explanations – 1. Excessive littering of food and other biodegradable wastage in the locality and 2. Vacant lands near-by which are unkept. Maybe we should try to address the actual problem instead of going on a killing spree. This is not 16th century Mexico. This is the land of Buddha, the land where love is dissolved in all forms of philosophy, the land of Ahimsa! (no pun intended!)