You might think that this is a way to include dogs in the celebration of Holi, but that is not the case. Apparently, the city of Bareilly has been suffering due to the presence of killer dogs that have attacked and killed children.
Despite some attempts by the authorities, they have been unable to identify or deal with the killer dogs menace. As a result, they have decided to color non-threatening dogs blue.
This one-of-a-kind decision was reached at during a meeting convened by the district magistrate and attended by scientists of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute as well as forest and police officials.
Now, coloring a dog, no matter how non-threatening it is, is not the easiest job in the world. Therefore, the authorities have decided that villagers will do the honors by pouring paint over the dogs.
When it was pointed out that with Holi being around the corner, dogs of all kind might turn blue, the officials answered that they would also add a cross on the dogs so that they would be doubly identifiable.
The plan is to catch the dogs and medicate as well as sterilize them so that their behavior and population can be controlled.
That’s all well and good. However, there has been some doubt expressed by animal activists and the villagers about this plan. They insist that authorities should try and nab the killer dogs and not pour paint on friendly ones.
First, wrong dogs might end up being pained blue. Second, paint being poured on dogs will affect their eyes and, if ingested, could harm them.
One thing is for sure, something must be done, and soon.