Keeping one’s surroundings clean is a lesson that South Corporation plans to remind the dog owning population in South Delhi. The corporation is proposing a law to fine all those not cleaning up their pet’s potty off the parks, footpaths, and roads of South Delhi. Kamaljeet Sehrawat, the south corporation mayor told TOI that sanitation workers will be assigned the task of charging a penalty of Rupees 500 or more from the offenders. The corporation is also working to start a pet registration programme.
The Animal Welfare Board of India had asked the pet-owning population in the year 2015 to clean up after their pets. It had also encouraged pet owners to participate in discussions with their respective colony committees to work on solutions for cleaner public spaces and ethical ways to get rid of animal waste matter.
Pet Poop Laws from around the world
The heavy fines charged by some countries abroad for not lifting the pet’s poop will completely surprise you! Violators are made to pay 6,00 Euros in Paris that is 48,500 INR.
In London the penalty for not cleaning up after the animal is close to 1,000 Pounds (92,000 INR). In the US $113 (Rs. 7,400) is charged for the same offence.
Responsible pet parents must have no qualms in cleaning after their furry kids. Image: www.dogster.com
Delhi’s South Corporation’s current move to penalize dog owners not cleaning up their pet’s poo has received mixed reactions from residents and activists. Gauri Maulekhi from People for Animals (PFA) feels that creating awareness should take precedence over penal provisions.
She elaborates that instead of penalizing violators, people must be encouraged to carry dog poop bags & scoopers and clean up after their pets.
Chetan Sharma, the general secretary of confederation of NCR Resident welfare associations (RWAS) and resident of a South Delhi colony has praised the south corporation’s initiative and policy. However he feels the corporation must provide alternative measures such as a designated space in colony parks or else where for dog’s to use for the purpose of defecation/urination. In his conversation with TOI he also talked about a small sand bed corner for dog use in his colony park that was created some 8 years ago but was later removed by MCD calling it an encroachment.
The proposed law is not only directed towards a cleaner environment but will also help in preventing diseases that can spread to humans through dog fecal matter. As per research a gram of dog’s excreta contains more than 20 million E Coli bacteria. It may also carry tape worms, hook worms, round worms, ring worms and salmonella. Round worms can cause abdominal pain, Diarrhea, fever, sore throat, asthma and blindness in humans.
A bigger worry for India is also a big stray dog population, hope the corporations can formulate policies to encompass cleaning up after strays as well as appoint the right people to carry out this task!
“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” Taking the words of this popular quote from canine behaviorist and dog trainer Karen Davison to heart, snowboarder recently Maddie Mastro turned her Olympic experience in South Korea into a golden opportunity to aid in the rescue of a canine from the dog meat trade.
Mastro, who saw the disturbing sight of a dog meat farm during her stay in Pyeongchang, helped a Korean Jindo named Jado on her flight to a new life in the United States. Before heading home, the 2018 X Games bronze medalist (and proud pet parent to three rescue dogs!) informed her fans via Instagram:
“I got me a flight buddy! I’m flying home with this doggo so she can get a better chance at having a loving/caring family. I’m happy to have the opportunity to be a part of helping these dogs, even if it’s just one. I also encourage others to get involved to help have these doggos lives. Just look at that face, how can you say no! #savekoreandogs
Due to the combined effort of Mastro, rescuers from Save Korean Dogs and The Barking Lot Rescue Jado is now safe in the care of the San Diego, California non-profit. Since its start in 2010 The Barking Lot has saved the lives of more than 5,000 dogs who were facing their fates in shelters, and from late 2016 the all-volunteer rescue has been offering a second chance to our four-legged friends who have been saved from the dog meat trade in Thailand through a partnership with Soi Dog Foundation.
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Photo Credit: The Barking Lot; Maddie Mastro
Gus Kenworthy may not have won a medal in the 2018 Olympic Winter games, but the freestyle skier has once again won the admiration of dog devotees around the world for shining a light on the plight of dogs in desperate need of rescue.
The animal-loving athlete who saved three street dogs during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia recently paid a visit to a South Korean dog meat farm — one of 17,000 in the country which supplies canines for human consumption. As Kenworthy explains in an Instagram post, the dogs he met are just 90 of the 2.5 million currently confined to cages in dog farms across South Korea.
Thanks to Humane Society International, the dog farm visited by the 2014 silver medalist is being shut down, and all of the dogs who were facing their fate are now looking forward to a bright future in the United States or Canada. One of the fortunate canines– a pup dubbed Beeno by her new forever pet parents Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas– will make her way to the States as soon as she has all of her vaccinations.
The silver medalist with a heart of gold is not the only Olympian who has taken time during their stay in South Korea to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. A proud pet parent to Moo-tae, a miniature Dachshund mix whose life began on a Korean dog meat farm, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhmamel — who stepped on to the Olympic podium in Pyeongchang to receive a bronze medal in the pairs competition — stepped in front of a camera for a Humane Society International PSA on the tough topic, and according to USA Today will accompany a rescued dog on his flight to freedom when she makes her return journey from South Korea to Canada.
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Among those who cheered for the athletes when they walked into the stadium during the opening ceremony was South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who also made headlines for making headway in the struggle to end the dog meat trade by adopting Tory, a pup rescued from a dog farm who had the opportunity to embark on a second chance at life thanks to Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE).