KARNATAKA: Recently, in the case of RAMESH NAIK L v STATE OF KARNATAKA, the Karnataka High Court seeks a response from its state government to place on record measures taken by government authorities to implement the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001.
This Act was established to prescribe the methodology for Street dogs population management.
The Bench headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Ashok S Kinagi issued a notice to the State government to file its statement of objections within ten days. The direction was given while hearing a PIL filed by Advocate Ramesh Naik L.
Petitioner Counsel informed the Court that Rule 6 and Rule 7 of the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, prescribe the methodology for Street/Stray dog population management, ensuring rabies eradication and reduction in man-dog conflict based on scientific studies and recommendations of the World Health Organisation.
However, inaction on the part of state authorities in discharging their mandatory duty towards Street/ Stray dogs resulted in the violation of aforesaid provisions of the said Rule.
He also mentioned about incidents that had happened related to Street/Stray dogs. One was a case of Street/Stray dogs attack on a 4-year-old baby girl, who died, in Athani Taluk of Belagavi District, and the other was a case of Adi Narayana, grand-son of politician-businessman Adi Keshavalu, alleged to have run his Audi car over Street/Stray dog sleeping on a pavement in Jayanagara area of Bangalore.
Further, plea states – “As times move on, man becomes more concerned about his security. Lot of emphasis and stress has been laid that due to Street/Stray dogs, there has been threat to life, health, movement of human beings. On the other hand, when an incident of human-dog conflict occurs and complaints being made to concerned authorities, Street/Stray dogs are being annihilated without any justifiable reasons,”
The plea prays for the issuance of directions to the state authorities to carry out their obligations as prescribed in Rule 6 and 7 of the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001 time to time, within the jurisdiction of all local bodies in the State of Karnataka.
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