Check your animal instincts

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We cannot even say the city has gone to the dogs – after all, even dogs cannot find a small place and sympathy in this city of ours. A few days back, a news came in the print and has been duly pushed in the sideline. A 13-year-old has been booked for animal cruelty. His crime; throwing seven puppies in the river. Their apparent crime; being irritating to him and his family, disturbing the peace in his neighbourhood and creating dirt around. He also goes on to state that they may grow up and bite people. The kid from a well-off family had been ‘advised’ by his mother to do this heartless act. Filing an FIR and the resultant furore has probably created a sense of relief that some still have their hearts in the right place. But is it enough? Why are we so cruel to any animal (including humans)? Also, are the laws tough enough to give harsh sentences to anyone who shows even an inch of cruelty?

A 13-year-old has been booked for animal cruelty. His crime; throwing seven puppies in the river. Their apparent crime; being irritating to him and his family, disturbing the peace in his neighbourhood and creating dirt around

I believe we are a confused set of animal lovers and even pet owners. A general view seen around is that someone who is an animal lover is an extremist who goes to any length to show his/her love. True to some extent, I feel it is necessary if we have to make sure that the animals, too, lay a claim to the land. Pet lovers seen anywhere in India are mostly divided into two – dogs and cats, with dogs getting a slightly upper hand. But we have a notion that pedigreed dogs (mostly foreign breeds like Alsatians, Doberman, Pomeranians, etc) are better. But chances are they find a place in the house, for making a statement rather than love for the creatures or to be more practical, as a guard dog. Mostly you can find them tied to one side of the house, rarely taken for walks and exercising and even shown love. Desi breeds have slowly been finding space, but the path to full acceptance for even showing them off as prized possession is lengthy. Cats have a better chance of surviving here as they are more independent and cat lovers are an indulgent lot who let them be.

We have a notion that pedigreed dogs (mostly foreign breeds like Alsatians, Doberman, Pomeranians, etc) are better. But chances are they find a place in the house, for making a statement rather than love for the creatures or to be more practical, as a guard dog.

Keep your eyes open and look around, you’ll notice people seem to be taking more pleasure in kicking or harming dogs or any animal whose only fault might be their curious approach to you for food or a pat on the head. Some street dogs can get wild and bite humans, especially children. However, this menace can be dealt with by the corporation or animal organisation if you approach them. Unfortunately, we have to take things in our hands and the result is the news you read recently. Parents are just not doing enough in teaching their wards in being animal friendly and sensitive. The mother in the above-mentioned case, did not even feel that she should probably call an animal shelter to take care of the ‘issue’, if they were getting troubled by the dogs. Without getting personal, chances are that such teachings like supporting your kid to kill puppies will be a precursor to support the child’s heinous crime. The kid might just grow up to think that it is normal to hurt people and get away with it. Think about it, dads and moms.

On a legal note, though my knowledge of laws on animal cruelty is less, they should be implemented well. How many of us read in news that someone has been caught for animal cruelty and punished harshly? Media, I feel, has a big job in front of them to make sure that sensitivity towards animals is brought in the front and imbibed amongst us. There is a lot to discuss on animal cruelty still left and any talk – positive and negative – is welcome.

 

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