Target: Mayor of Navi Mumbai, Sagar Naik
Goal: End the torture of sick, stray dogs on the streets of India
For almost a year, rates of viral canine distemper among stray dogs in Navi Mumbai, India have been on the rise. This disease is highly-contagious and very often fatal due to it’s incurable nature. Dogs with no homes, left to wander the streets of Navi Mumbai aren’t vaccinated, and therefore much more susceptible to viral distemper. The dog pounds have filled up, so sterilization to prevent more puppies from being born into this situation is no longer an option. Cruel civilians have now taken it upon themselves to brutally kill these diseased dogs.
Many inhumane attacks have been reported, such as puppies being fastened to fireworks to die a painful, brutal death. Other civilians attempt to poison the stray animals, leaving them to suffer. The Navi Mumbai officials are not punishing those who kill these innocent dogs, leaving the offenders free to keep committing awful crimes against sick, stray dogs.
If the Navi Mumbai officials were to start enforcing laws against the torture of homeless animals, those brutally attacking these dogs would finally receive punishment for their actions. Giving severe consequences to the civilians killing stray dogs would surely steer others away from these cruel acts of violence.
Instead of allowing the citizens of Navi Mumbai to take matters into their own hands, city officials should be striving to look for more humane and ethical ways of solving the distemper outbreak issue. Sterilization, also known as spaying and neutering, is the smartest solution to ultimately decrease the future stray dog population. While there is no cure for the current outbreak of viral distemper in canine’s, the dogs suffering should not have to be subjected to horrible deaths.
More awareness should be brought to this issue to show the need for free vaccination clinics, which would stop distemper in a dog before it could run its rampant course. Most importantly, Navi Mumbai officials must start taking action against inhumane stray dog killings. Sign this petition and demand that the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation start enacting laws against civilians torturing stray dogs and severely punish those who do not abide by these rules.
Dear Mayor Sagar Naik,
Since early 2012, there has been an outbreak of viral canine distemper affecting the vast majority of stray dogs that are homeless and wandering the streets of Navi Mumbai. This disease is highly contagious and very often fatal since it is incurable at this point.
With no way to receive vaccination, these strays continue to breed and produce puppies into a terrible situation, increasing the number of dogs that must suffer. Civilians of Navi Mumbai have started to violently and brutally torture and kill the helpless animals plagued by this outbreak. Reports have been made of animals being strapped to fireworks and killed or poisoned, left to suffer.
There is no reason whatsoever that this behavior should be allowed. It is immoral and cruel to allow these acts of animal cruelty to go unpunished. While dogs pounds have been filling up due to the outbreak, it does not make sense to simply forget about the many dogs that are still in need. The Navi Mumbai government must start enacting new laws against these blatant acts of violence and the Navi Mumbai police force must work to enforce these regulations.
People who brutally attack and kill innocent animals need to receive severe consequences for their actions and not be allowed to commit such crimes again. Please take action on this issue immediately to ensure the safety of suffering stray dogs that have not been attacked yet and hopefully will never have to be.
[Your Name Here]
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