There are many horrifying incidents of cruelty to animals – incidents that happen within housing societies. They de-sensitise people to the pain of living beings in general and this impacts society.
Dear People of India,
- Our street dogs respond well to the inducement of food as they’re always hungry.
- They will tend to follow or play with someone who talks gently to them and can be lead out of the building.
- If they don’t move or if they snarl, they’re likely too frightened or in pain because they’re injured, so call an animal rescue centre or an animal activist from your locality who has experience dealing with situations like this.
- Ask the watchmen or housekeeping staff to grab them or wave a stick at them. They don’t know how to handle animals, will frighten and injure them, and are likely to get bitten.
- Talk loudly, or let children play and run around a frightened animal. It will make the situation worse.
- Make sure the animal is watched at all times if in an area that is busy. Children wanting to help are likely to try and get bitten. And the animal may get beaten by someone else in your society.
- Call someone for help.
- Have a talk with watchmen and housekeeping regularly, keeping them informed of what to do, or let them know who to call when there’s a stray in the building.
- Talk to people so they understand that animals can be taken out without beating them, and that cruelty is not ok.
Please stop this cruelty,
Please, teach watchmen and housekeeping staff to be sensitive to the pain of animals, as they are living beings.
If you don’t care about animals, please care about your children. Please remember that every act of cruelty de-sensitises the perpetrator to the pain of another living being. That there are some people who enjoy inflicting pain on others. And that stopping this now, will send out a message that treating all living beings in a humane way is important and necessary.
Remember, these are the men who are in charge of the safety of your children.