Investigation & Analysis Category

Dog pounds are not what the doctor ordered for Indian Dogs. Animal Birth Control Rules are. Typical state governments that give abysmal healthcare to its citizens through government hospitals, and incarcerates prisoners in squalor, and can’t manage any level of even a ABC programs in Jammu & Kashmir & Kerala can’t but re-produce the type of ‘dog pounds’ found in Hyderabad & Shimla.   But now dog pounds in Chennai don’t just seem an illegal inevitability but turns out the decision to make them was taken in the presence of Chennai AWOs includingRead More
This is an exclusive detailed look at the photographs of the incident reported by The Hindustan Times and The Daily Mail. Animal cruelty, especially on the ubiquitous Indian Dog, finds such low priority that hardly any mainstream media gives any in-depth coverage. Photo’s © Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times used with permission by The Voice of Stray Dogs. Captioning by Saurabh Trivedi, the Hindustan Times. 2 stray dogs were found hanging from a tree on Saturday on NH-24 on April 13, 2013 in Ghaziabad, in the National Capital Region. Activists say locals are involved in the case [1] Civic authorities haveRead More
Cubbon Park (Kannada: ಕಬ್ಬನ್ ಪಾರ್ಕ್) is a 300 acre area in the middle of Bangalore (starts at the edge of M G Road). The park was  created in 1870 by the then Chief Engineer Major General Richard Sankey (on who’s name is another Bangalore landmark – Sankey Tank). The park was originally called “Meade’s Park” after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysore. Was renamed for the 1st time as Cubbon Park, Sir Mark Cubbon the Commissioner of Mysore. Was renamed for the 2nd time as  “Sri. Chamarajendra Park”, in memory of the 19thRead More
In 3 preceding articles we saw the State of affairs at the ARF Shelter in Kengeri in Jan 2013 which had 60-90 animals without adequate food, sanitation and most importantly in criminal medical neglect [Auschwitz for dogs: Animal Rights Fund (ARF) dogs need an Auschwitz Relief Foundation (ARF) to save them from certain death] State of affairs at the ARF Kengeri Shelter in the months preceding the expose which showed bodied of dead dogs littering the ARF shelter amplifying the state of apathy the dogs live in [Prequel to anRead More
We’ve seen 2 parts of the coverage of the ARF shelter at Kengeri (1) the findings of  The Voice of Stray Dogs (VoSD) on location at ARF Kengeri in Jan 2013, and (2) the experience of the people going to shelter in the months preceding Jan 2013. In this article we see the sweeping changes ARF makes at the shelter to ‘clean up the act’ in preparation of the impending AWBI visit. Visitors allege that ARF is literally cleaning up the place: of the filth and of the dogs by dumping dogs toRead More
After The Voice of Stray Dogs (VoSD) published the investigative report on ARF a few things happened: AWBI predictably made some noise and issued some notices (AWBI is good at making noise – it has far perhaps far too many pushes and pulls to take any determinate action and perhaps far too many people which think it toothless in contrast to the Constitutional sanctity it has) ARF went to town about how VoSD publication was motivated (that should not be a surprise) A large very vocal ‘vegan’ community almost beatRead More
[Edit Note: What’s it about stray dog hunting down deer in zoo’s?  They don’t pick on any other small animal or birds in a zoo – and dogs that are not used to hunting and are scavengers are best in the Indian urban environment – turn blood thirsty killers. They who don’t just kill to eat but commit mass murder – far greater than their capacity to consume. From New Delhi to Mysore to Kanpur newspaper stories are full of how dogs entered the zoo and committed this carnage! No-one bothers toRead More
[The title of this report is not meant to hurt the sentiments of anyone wrt to the reference of Auschwitz. The author is a student of modern Jewish history and the Holocaust. The moniker is used to illustrate the plight of those who entered a Nazi concentration camp not from their choice, and not having any escape till death rid them of malnutrition and disease. The clear difference here is that dogs are not put down – so they necessarily have to go down through medical neglect, disease and malnutrition. By wayRead More
Our usually trusting, usually friendly street dogs are often at the receiving end of horrible abuse and anger, because of the wide-spread (and absurd) belief that they’re easily rabid, and routinely spread rabies. The information being disseminated by organizations believed to be responsible seems to contribute to this erroneous belief. There is a figure doing the rounds – that around 20,000 people die of rabies annually, in India; and this is what is thrown at people who argue for compassion, and compassionate, scientific, lawful handling of street dogs. But is this figure of 20,000 human deaths onRead More
As affluence in India rises more and more larger animals such as bovines,  camels and increasigly horses are slaughtered to show the ‘status ‘ of the person making the sacrifice. Slaughter was symbolic and never meant to be a status parade that it has become. Even on Bakr Eid slaughter of animals other than goats or sheep is not allowed under Indian law. No slaughter is allowed other than at a slaughter house under legal procedure and an exception is provided for ritual slaughter on Eid but can only beRead More