Kerala to convene all-party meet on stray dog menace

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015,18:43 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | An all-party meeting will be convened here on July nine to discuss the stray dog menace that has emerged as a major social problem in Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the State Assembly today.
Replying to a Calling Attention motion by Mr Thomas Unniyadan of the Kerala Congress(M), the Chief Minister  said, while referring to the large number of dog bite cases and road accidents caused by stray dogs, that the government wanted to give priority to the lives of common man.
He said the government wanted to discuss the issue with all the political leaders for reaching a consensus.
A recent high-level meeting had pointed out that culling of stray dogs was the only option to make the state free from this long-existing menace.
However, the Animal Welfare Board of India had taken a stand that the ban on killing stray dog still existed as the Supreme Court had stayed a Bombay High Court judgement allowing municipal authorities in Maharashtra to kill stray dogs.