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,
And stop de-sensitising our watchmen and housekeeping staff to pain.
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.
Social pressure might help people change before inflicting pain becomes a habit.
Work for a better society, and help people be better. Remember, these are the men who are in charge of the safety of your children.
Do this out of caring for animals. But if not, then because you love your children.
Please help people be kind and work for a better India,
A request to Animal Rescue Centres and Animal Activists to post their contact details in the comments section below this post, and mention the locality they work in.