Karachi, Pakistan, October 20, 2016: In Karachi, more than a thousand stray dogs have been poisoned to death by the workers of the municipality. An official on Wednesday said the action had to be taken because the complaints of stray dogs biting women and children flooded, and the extermination programme was needed.
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In this campaign, a total of 1050 dogs were killed and 2000 more is estimated to be the target in the next phase.
The chairman of the municipal jurisdiction, Rehan Hashmi said, repeated complaints of stray dogs biting people had been reported to authorities and it was suggested that the extermination programme was essential as because Karachi lacked the resources to re-home the stray dogs or to put them in pounds.
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According to NDTV, Hashmi said, “Had there been some better resources or options, I would love to switch to that. They are living beings after all.”
In Pakistan, animal rights are highly neglected, some handful of activists and veterinary surgeons fight for them, to find out some way between to protect these animals in a population which often for religious reasons considers them as unclean.
Apart from the upper class, there are very few families to keep dogs as pets, while some simply use them to guard their houses. It is disheartening, but the demand for rescuing dogs in the city is very less.
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Conservative figures estimate that the feral dog population of Karachi could be up to 35,000.
According to Isma Gheewala, head of Karachi’s Animal Care Centre, in a year, as many as 15000 dog bites are reported in the city.
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