The Indian state of Kerala is experiencing an epidemic of stray dogs. Within the last eight months, there have been over 40,000 reports of dog bites. The chief minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, has announced the increased production of vaccines to meet the needs of the affected individuals, as well as create a stockpile for future dog bites, all while working to cull the canine population.
On the heels of this announcement, the registrar of Bhopal’s Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, K.V. Satya Murthy, has proposed his own solution that will not cost the state money, but actually help fill its coffers. Drawing parallels to “poultry farms, dairy farms, sheep, goat, and other domesticated animal farms and dairies,” he suggested that the stray dogs be placed into their own enclosures and then shipped to countries like Korea, China, Mexico, Indonesia, and, strangely enough, Switzerland, where there are flourishing markets for dog meat.
Unsurprisingly, animal rights activists both within India and on the international stage have expressed outrage at this proposal. Not only for the inhumane treatment of the dogs suggested by Murthy, but the fact that a rabies outbreak currently rages in China and Indonesia.
Sounds like a certain registrar should not count on receiving a vaccine when he is inevitably bitten by multiple dogs.