New Delhi: Nearly 200 designated feeding points for community dogs have been finalized in the capital city by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) since 2014. To avoid any conflict between feeders and local residents, AWBI delimited these supply points on the requests. dog feeders, RWAs and in areas where there were conflicts between feeders and community members.
The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned its stay of execution of the Delhi High Court’s verdict of July last year that animals had a legal right to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity and protection of these beings was the moral responsibility of every citizen. , including governmental and non-governmental organizations. The high court ruled that community dogs had the right to food and citizens the right to feed these dogs without infringing on the rights of others.
Welcoming the court order, OP Chaudhary, President of the AWBI, said: “We have continually received complaints of harassment by animal feeders and cruelty to community animals. Some residents object to the feeding of community animals, claiming that these animals hunt them for food or fight with their pets.
An AWBI official explained, “To finalize a supply point, we conduct a survey of the locality and hear from both sides and contact the municipal corporation. By mutual agreement, a place is designated as a feeding point. The official added, “The High Court has set up a committee to finalize the stray animal feeding arrangements and the panel is working on pilot projects in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation areas.”
Sonya Ghosh, an animal activist who was involved with AWBI until last year in finalizing designated feeding points, said: “Designated feeding points for community dogs should be find in places not frequented by residents. These can be corners, service roads or unused spaces near the perimeter walls of houses. She said some people objected to feeding community dogs because they thought the dogs could become aggressive, but Ghosh said that was “apprehension, not reality.” Others, she said, lacked compassion and the AWBI has received complaints of animals’ water bowls being maliciously broken in the summer.
Many dog ​​feeders, licensed by the AWBI to be pet sitters at the settlement, have claimed to have been harassed by residents even after feeding the strays at designated points. Ittika Duggal, who feeds around 100 dogs every day at RK Puram, said: “Most of the dogs have been neutered and I feed them in less populated areas. I carry bowls and bring them back with me after feeding the dogs. However, people always harass me and sneakily remark that I have turned the society into a zoo or that I should take these animals home.
Garima Gulati, an animal sitter at the settlement, alleged her neighbors beat her when she fed six dogs in a communal area earlier. “I stay on the ground floor, so I’ve started feeding them on my balcony now,” Gulati said.
Savita Mishra complained that she had not been able to feed the dogs in the Jagriti enclave since Thursday because residents had banned her from entering the society. “I have been feeding them for 14 years when the area was barely populated. Stray dogs do not receive food and may be hungry. I haven’t received any help and I can’t move these dogs out of the company,” she said.