If we stop caring for animals we will stop caring for people
He lives in a posh locality in Mumbai. Yet, on most days he goes hungry and most nights he sleeps with the fear of being attacked or poisoned to death. Smurfy is one of the very few street dogs living on the streets of Malabar Hill. Smurfy is sterilized and lives in much more hygienic conditions unlike some of his stray friends in the P-North ward. But he lacks the friendship and love of random strangers and passersby walking on the street.
There are close to 7,451 stray dogs living on the streets of Malad, Malwani and Bangur Nagar. (Source: Times of India)Various non-profits have stepped to take care of stray dogs like Smurfy in some of the areas in the P-north ward. But there are more who need our help. As our cities get bigger we often focus on the challenges arising from increased population density. We do not address the animal population that we share our spaces with the same rigor. And when there is a reaction it is in an unwarranted and inhumane fashion; like the killing of 40 street dogs in Kannur, Kerala by poisoning. (Source: Times of India)
We live in a country where cows are worshipped, yet we deny the same kind of love, affection or care for strays like Smurfy, why?