Target: Civic Body Chairperson Jalaj Shrivastava
Goal: Praise initiative to rehabilitate stray dogs
Police in India’s capital have announced a new initiative to help reduce the high amount of bites, aggression, and other issues related to the many stray dogs roaming the streets. The dogs will work with police animal trainers before joining a new city security force intended to improve safety for residents.
Authorities will be adopting and training the dogs for security service, where they will receive daily human contact, vaccines and veterinary care, a proper diet, and enjoy an improved quality of life. Currently, there are an estimated 250, 000 stray dogs in New Delhi, feeding off of scraps found in the city’s notorious piles of street garbage.
While the city long ago criminalized the killing of these strays, it failed to implement alternative measures to control the population, resulting in a steady increase in street dogs. Only as many as 700 dogs will be chosen for the program, but it is a step forward in acknowledging and making an effort to solve the problem. This is only the latest in many initiatives to improve the lives of stray animals in India, including another to re-home rhesus monkeys that have taken up residence in urban office buildings.
Not only will the program help keep New Delhi’s strays and citizens safe from harm, it may also help reduce high instances of rabies due to dog bites; rabies cases in India account for a third of the global total. Your signature will praise India’s efforts to improve the welfare of stray and wild animals living in urban centers.
Dear Mr. Jalaj Shrivastava,
New Delhi authorities recently announced a plan to help rid the streets of stray dogs while also rehabilitating them. Dogs will be adopted, vaccinated, and trained by police professionals to become guard dogs for a new group of security professionals. Here, the dogs will enjoy a better quality of life with a proper diet and regular human interaction.
The program will help the city in many ways, including reducing all-too-common cases of rabies due to dog bites. Instead of posing a threat to civilians, the dogs will now help to protect them.
In past years, India has made significant progress in improving the welfare of animals. I applaud this initiative, and ask that New Delhi continue its work to create a safe civic environment for both animals and humans.
[Your Name Here]
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