Target: Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India
Goal: Punish men who allegedly strangled and bludgeoned 50 stray dogs before burying them in a mass grave.
Over 50 stray dogs were allegedly killed by a five-man mob, say animal rights activists in India. The five men were allegedly hired by management at the Velankanni Church, a popular tourist destination in Tamil Nadu, India, to catch and kill all stray dogs within a one kilometer radius. The dogs were clubbed to death or hanged with nylon ropes before being buried in a mass grave.
Stray dogs are very common in India and have been labeled as pests by both residents and tourists. The hungry and unhealthy dogs roam in packs and have been known to lash out at humans and their pets. Each year, approximately 20,000 human deaths occur due to rabies infections from stray dog bites. This number accounts for over one-third of rabies cases globally.
Though the dogs pose a threat to the health of humans, this is no excuse to kill them in such a brutal manner. The Indian government has introduced an aggressive spay and neuter program that includes the setup of 500 sterilization and vaccination centers across Tamil Nadu. Police in some cities have rescued animals off the streets and put them in training programs to become K-9 officers, while terminally ill dogs are euthanized in a more humane manner.
In order to protect the health of both dogs and humans, the Indian government should look to further decrease dog populations with humane measures, such as increased sanitation to remove the large amounts of trash that these stray dogs feed on. Sign the petition below to demand that that those responsible for the brutal killings of over 50 stray dogs are punished, and that the government work harder to prevent these acts in the future.
Dear Minister Javadekar,
Over 50 stray dogs were allegedly killed in the vicinity of Tamil Nadu’s Velankanni Church by a mob of 5 men. The dogs were strangled and bludgeoned to death before being thrown into a mass grave. This is only one of many recent attacks against the stray dog population.
In order to prevent further attacks against these stray dogs, the government must punish their attackers and do more to prevent canine aggression against humans. We, the undersigned, demand that the men are punished to the full extent of the law if found guilty, and that improved sanitation standards are implemented in order to further curb stray dog populations.
[Your Name Here]
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