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Green activists: Bring back the relocated dogs

Obhoyaronno-Bangladesh Animal Welfare Foundation will conduct a protest program at Ramna Park area on Saturday 11am

Update : 25 Sep 2020, 08:13 PM

Green activists said the dogs which have been relocated by the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have to be brought back to their old place.

BAPA

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) recommended this on Friday at a virtual press conference on DSCC’s controversial move to relocate dogs. 

They also demanded immediate implementation of Animal Welfare Act-2019 with the involvement of organizations which are working on animal welfare, biodiversity and the environment.

BAPA Vice-president Professor Khandaker Bazlul said that human beings need to cohabit with dogs as part of biodiversity. 

“The environment could not thrive by killing animals. We call the mayors of city corporations ‘the fathers.’ A father cannot treat his children like this,” he said. 

He also said he hopes the prime minister would intervene to resolve this issue. 

Joint Convener of the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy Farid Uddin said that killing dogs indiscriminately is not a solution in any way. 

“Dogs live in clusters and they don’t usually leave their cluster. Vaccination and sterilization are the ways to settle the overpopulation issue of dogs,” he said.

The speakers at the virtual press conference raised their concern over a section of people in Dhaka who are protesting against free movement of dogs.

BAPA Joint Secretary Sharmin Murshid said Dhaka is already grappling with a number of problems like overpopulation, air pollution and traffic congestion, with Covid-19 recently added to the list.

“DSCC and a section of Dhaka city dwellers are suddenly pointing out stray dogs as another problem. Dogs are not a problem, on the contrary, dogs are great friends to human beings,” said Murshid. 

Bapa Executive Vice-President Md Abdul Matin said DSCC’s move to relocate dogs is an act of animal cruelty and totally unacceptable.

Mass signature collection program arranged by animal rights organizations including Food for Street Animals and Animal Lovers of Bangladesh at Suhrawardy Uddyan on Friday, September 25, 2020 | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The speakers also recommended motivating the youth to protect and preserve biodiversity.

Food for Street Animals, ALB, Obhoyaronno 

Meanwhile, animal rights organizations including Food for Street Animals and Animal Lovers of Bangladesh (ALB) Animal Shelter jointly conducted a mass signature collection program at the capital's Suhrawardy Uddyan on Friday afternoon.

Later, the activists lit candles at the base of Raju memorial sculpture as part of protesting the recent relocation drive of dogs conducted by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).

Orpita Khan Mohua, founder of Food for Street Animals told Dhaka Tribune that they have collected over a hundred signatures which will be sent to the DSCC mayor.

"We do not want any relocation as well as culling of these innocent dogs in future," she added.

Mohua said they would also demand Mayor Taposh to bring back the dogs already picked up and relocated between September 14 and 18.

Obhoyaronno-Bangladesh Animal Welfare Foundation will conduct a protest program at Ramna Park area on Saturday 11am titled Dhaka Youth Against Dog Relocation by DSCC.


Our correspondent Fahim Reza Shovon contributed to the report

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