The World Health Organization says rabies is endemic in India, which accounts for 36% of the world’s rabies deaths. The organisation estimates that the number of deaths caused by dog bites is 18,000-20,000 every year. The latest instance is a case in Ghaziabad where a 14-year-old boy died after being bitten by a pet dog. What can be done to stop this menace?
This calendar year about 1,00,000 people have suffered stray dog bites, leading to 21 rabies-related deaths which have been reported. The Supreme Court has suggested that people feeding street dogs could be held responsible if the dog bites someone
The Delhi High Court has issued detailed orders on feeding stray dogs in cities. The order has demarcated roles for resident welfare associations, municipal corporations, police and the Animal Welfare Board of India. The animals' upkeep will entail feeding, their treatment and vaccination.
It was decided by the Committee constituted by the Court that a total sum of Rs 7.916 lakh would be used for the Greater Chennai area. A sum of Rs 11.87 lakh was required to be distributed to 14 other corporation areas.