The government provides its four-legged with many laws. The most important of them is provenance where no stray dog or cat can be dislocated from its area. This bodes well with dogs which are territorial in nature. Yet, there are many other laws which can help humans and animals alike. One of them is stricter and enforceable laws on stray feeding. Currently, many building societies have taken up the mantle of making and executing laws.
One such building in Kandivali in Mumbai believes that strays should and can be fed, but the feeders have to take more responsibility. “I think stray feeding should be allowed but the feeders should ensure they don’t dirty the area. Every society has cleansers these days and they should be instructed to clean poop too,” said Kushank Patel, resident of RNA Royale Park.
Patel says that his society is very strict and has a pet zone. Pets and strays should be fed within these zones. The society also has a special lift service for those with pets, which should be adhered to. “There is a P2 zone which is our podium area where residents roam around, hang out or children are found playing in the evenings, such areas are restricted for the pets. Those who do not follow the rules are dealt with seriously,” says Patel.
The Importance of Hunger
Very few societies in Mumbai city are pet-friendly where a majority of residents do not grunt and groan about them. “I am an animal lover and reside in a pet-friendly neighbourhood, thankfully. Our society has no restrictions as such. Stray feeding shouldn’t be a problem because our planet is made for every living being to survive and we as humans should realize the importance of hunger,” says Anishka Alvares of Asavari Apartments, J.B. Nagar, Andheri East, Mumbai.
The conflict between animal lovers and others in buildings is a long-standing fight. While animal lovers claim compassion towers all, others believe that other factors like hygiene, infections and diseases are to be considered too.
Stray Feeders speak
Feeding strays is a problem since it allows street animals to enter building premises and hang out with them. They also breed in the area, and with regards to the laws of provenance, it becomes impossible to dislocate them after.
“It’s all right provided they’re neutered and do not enter the building, as all the residents may not be animal-friendly. Even if there are no laws with regards to feeding, laws regarding all the strays are spayed and neutered should be made by the government,” says Anna Nazareth, a stray feeder.
Few animal lovers go the extra mile of sterilizing them and training animals in the building to ensure others are not harassed. “The intention to feed the strays is so that they can be vaccinated and sterilized. Any animal activist who feeds the strays has nothing but the best of intentions, not only for the animal but for the Broader Society,” says Udit Parikh, a resident at J.B.Nagar, Andheri Mumbai.
The Delhi High Court has ordered Delhi Police to protect persons who feed and care for street dogs and penalize those who are against it. However, others also believe that feeding will lead to overpopulation. Under the Indian government, the only humane, legal and scientific way of dealing with street dogs is to get them vaccinated and sterilized under Animal Birth Control Programme (ABC).
“All the problems of stray animals have to be handled within the institutional framework available and NO resident association, recognized or unrecognized, shall take recourse to action on their own, either themselves or through any person employed by them like security guards etc.” states the ABC programme.
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