Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 9
The dog sterilisation drive, which was inaugurated with much pomp and show with tall claims of controlling the stray canine population in the city in March, has failed to see the light of the day.
Even after two and half months no dog has been sterilised. Officials of the Municipal Corporation (MC) claimed that due to repeated complaints and hurdles created by animal’s right activists, they were not able to move forward.
Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora and MC officials had inaugurated the sterilisation drive at veterinary hospital in Hathi Gate on March 18.
The MC had collaborated with an NGO, Endangered Wildlife Society, for the sterilisation. As per the contract, the MC had to give Rs 725 (per dog) for an operation. The civic body had provided a building to the NGO at Bakar Mandi, which was once used for dog sterilisation a few years ago. The MC had got the same building whitewashed and handed it over to the NGO. However, the NGO failed to start the sterilisation as the building has no water or sewerage connection.
Meanwhile, a local animal right activist alleged that the NGO was not recognised. He filed a complaint with the Animal Welfare Board of India in this connection.
Officials reportedly received some more complaints from animal right activists regarding the drive. Finally, the MC dropped the idea to start the much needed sterilisation drive to avoid any controversy.
Municipal health officer Dr Raju Chowan said, “We were keen to start the drive and made serious efforts in this direction. Earlier, a few years ago, we started the drive, but failed to run it due to intervention of animal right activists. But, we have to take care of law and rules before implementing animal birth control procedure.”
According to officials some self-styled animal right activists had sought participation in the MC project for animal birth control. Officials often avoid their advice, which leads to such conflicts.
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