Across the country, animal rights activists are up in arms over a festival that has little to do with animal abuse but more to animal breeding – Jallikattu. That humans die during Jallikattu is of least concern to them. So, obviously, a Kannada actress getting mauled by stray dogs is nothing to them.
Parul Yadav is one of the top actresses in Kannada cinema having starred in some major hits. She has also won awards for her performance.
This past Monday, Parul was out on the streets of Mumbai with her pet dog on an early morning walk. On the street, around six stray dogs attacked her pet. Trying to save her pet, Parul suffered serious injuries on her body.
So vicious was the attack by the stray dogs that Parul was hospitalised. Reports say that she has a 3-inch deep cut on her head besides bite marks on hands, legs, neck and face.
She was taken to the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai, where Parul was given anti-rabies vaccination.
While the animal rights activist talk about saving animals and not harming stray dogs, the threat from stray dogs to humans is very real. In Kerala, for instance, around 50 stray dogs killed an elderly woman and partly ate her up. The state witnesses some of the most deadliest dog attacks in the country.
PETA supports sterilisation (or neutering) of stray dogs and cats to prevent more births. They say that by preventing births they are preventing “animals from being hit by cars, infected with lingering, painful diseases, attacked by other animals or cruel people, stolen by laboratory dealers, used as bait by dogfighters, or simply stuck outside to die of starvation, exposure, or neglect”.
Sterilisation is not only a costly procedure but also a time-taking one. Though sterilization will prevent the dogs or other stray animals from giving birth, dog bite cases will not go down immediately.
For sterilisation, the dogs have to be caught by dog squads. They are then taken to the designated sterilisation centres where they are kept for some time. Following sterilisation, the dogs are released at the exact place from where they were caught.
The process is followed in Jaipur but it has been going on since 1994 and yet the sterilisation drive is far from over.
In Kerala, where deaths from dog bites is alarming, an IAS officer had in 2016 slammed the sterilisation process including the Jaipur model and called for the culling of stray dogs. His argument was that the entire process actually helps the “anti-rabies vaccine lobby”. The state government has a policy of euthanizing aggressive dogs.