Thiruvananthapuram, July 23(IANS) - The Kerala government's decision to go for large-scale culling of stray…
Ramesh Babu, Thiruvananthapuram: Fed up with growing stray menace in the state, an organization in south
-central Kottayam district has volunteered subsidy for those buying air guns to shoo away violent dogs.
The alumni association of a famed college in Pala has offered 10% subsidy to those who buy air guns for first time and another 25% subsidy for those who face police cases for culling stray dogs. An air gun typically costs around Rs 4000, and does not need a licence to procure.
Office-bearers of the ex-students’ association of St Thomas College point out that air guns won’t be fatal, but are strong enough to scare away canines. Its use can thus curb mindless killings of strays, they add.
Animal-lovers, however, cry foul. Air guns can cause serious injuries, they point out. Veterinary doctors also back them, saying air guns can be fatal if fired from close range.
The subsidy offer was launched in Kochi on Wednesday by giving a free air gun to activist Jose Maveli, who is facing at least three cases for culling stray dogs.
An office-bearer of the association said stray menace is “beyond redemption” now. “Our plan is aimed at containing it,” he added.
A senior police officer in Kochi said those who made the offer will be booked.
The scheme was inaugurated two days after the Supreme Court sought Kerala’s response to a complaint citing brutal killing of street dogs in Kottayam by a group of youth activists, who later organised a procession carrying their carcasses.
The Youth Front (Mani) that organized the rally carrying dog carcasses tied up on poles said the organization will distribute dogs after netting and dispatch them to animal-lovers who oppose move to restrict their numbers.“We will catch these dogs and donate them to animal-lovers,” said Youth Front state president Saji Manjakadamban who was later booked for slaughtering dogs.