What’s at Stake Neither the city nor Provincial governments have taken responsibility for the care and control of the stray dog population in Sindh. In
Neither the city nor Provincial governments have taken responsibility for the care and control of the stray dog population in Sindh. In this regard the pendulum swings in two opposite extremes: the dogs are either mutilated, shot at or poisoned as a means of control. This has been known to occur even when a private animal rescue organisation neutered and vaccinated a number of stray dogs against rabies. At the other extreme, the provincial government has had a shortage of rabies vaccines, leaving citizens vulnerable to stray dog bites and contraction of rabies.
PILAP has submitted RTIs to various Provincial and city government offices as well the Cantonment Boards located in Karachi inquiring into any bye-laws enacted to regulate stray dogs in a humane manner; the reasoning behind the violent killing of dogs when they have been neutered and vaccinated and present no danger to the public; measures taken to amend existing laws to bring them into conformity with the principles of humane treatment of all life-forms under Islamic principles; and the funds allocated for the rabies program. We also ask about measures taken to put into place alternative methods of dog control, as has been done successfully by other countries, including Turkey, through provision of shelters, regular feeding, sterilization, medical checks and vaccination against rabies.