The Supreme Court, during a hearing on the stray dog menace, today expressed shock at a submission that such canines should be completely destroyed across the country and said the strays too have a right to live, and there cannot be any blanket order for culling.
“Look, there cannot be any such blanket order.Though culling of stray dogs was permissible, there has to be a balance and a proper method for this. Please keep this in mind”, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi observed.
During the hearing, the bench said in Kerala, there were issues of human concern but for this all stray dogs cannot be killed. A person can die due to dog bite. It is an accident and for that, we cannot say kill all the stray dogs, it said. The bench was also informed that a panel headed by former Kerala High Court judge Sri Jagan had received around 400 matters related to dog bites and it was working on it….
On November 17 the court lashed out against vigilante groups in Kerala indulging in culling of dogs and also encouraging the illegal act and asked the state government to take strict action against them including lodging of criminal cases.
The bench also banned imparting of training to the children or distribution of subsidized airguns for people to kill stray dogs or to publically propagate that there is war against the stray dogs.
SOURCE: LIVE LAW