Thiruvananthapuram | The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has launched a Kerala street dog culling tip line, offering a reward up to Rs 10,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of those who kill dogs. Addressing a press conference here today, AWBI co-opted member Ms Gauri Maulekhi said the tip line was launched following the Kerala Government’s initiative to implement the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme.
‘Anyone who has video or photo evidence of a killer or concrete information about such activity anywhere in Kerala could call 8590380390 and provide information immediately. Names of callers will be kept confidential. Alternatively an email can be sent to email@example.com with any information regarding dislocation or killing of dogs,’ she said.
The details collected will be shared with the State Police. This systematic approach will boost the animal birth control programme and assist the law enforcement agencies in nabbing those who indulge in illegal dislocation and killing of dogs, she said.
Anyone who kills or dislocates dogs will be causing severe damage to the safety and health of the people of that area and it is the duty of every responsible citizen to call on the tip-line number and inform if any illegal killing of dogs are being planned or executed, she said.
The law prohibits killing of dogs or dislocation of dogs. Any such killing of animal is a cognizable offence under the Indian Penal Code. The orders from the Police Department and the LSG Department clearly state that any killing of dogs will interfere with the Government programme and will be completely illegal.
The Kerala has initiated the birth control programme to manage the dog population. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has suggested ABC as the only means to control rabies.AWBI has also urged the District Collector, Ernakulam, to take immediate action against Kochi-based business man Kochouseph Chittilappilly and a stree dog eradication group ‘Theruvu Naaya Unmoolana Sangam’ involved in illegal catching of stray dogs in Ayavana Rama Panchayat limits in Ernakulam district.
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