Kerala businessman begins fast against stray dogs menace
Chittilappilly, 65, founder, V-Guard Industries, was embroiled in controversy after he announced support to an organisation called Eradicate Stray Dogs that had announced a reward of Rs500 for people who kill strays.
By T.K. Devasia
Published: Mon 26 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM
Last updated: Mon 26 Oct 2015, 9:10 AM
Trivandrum: Leading industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappilly went on a day's fast at Marine Drive in Ernakulam on Sunday, seeking streets free of stray dogs, in Kerala.
Representatives of many social outfits and several victims of dog bites were present at the inauguration of the fast. The strike which began at 10.00am will conclude on Monday at 10.00am.
Chittilappilly, 65, founder, V-Guard Industries, was embroiled in controversy after he announced support to an organisation called Eradicate Stray Dogs that had announced a reward of Rs500 for people who kill strays. He was recently booked under Section 428 of IPC (cruelty to animals) by the Cochin city police for marching to a police station with four stray dogs in tow.
The businessman said that the one-day fast was just the beginning and he will fight till all the streets are devoid of stray dogs. Chittilappilly told the media that his strike was not for culling of stray dogs, but he could not find fault with people who kill dogs.
"I am not campaigning to kill dogs. But constant attacks by canines on small kids and other animals make people intolerant. We cannot blame those people who end up killing the stray dogs," he added. The businessman said that he will be happy if he was arrested and put in jail for my campaign against stray dogs.
"In a country where thousands of people die of rabies each year, the authorities care more for stray dogs than human life."
He said that India was the largest market for anti-rabies vaccine in the world and that vaccine valued at thousands of billions of rupees was sold in the country every year. Death by rabies is one of the most painful and tragic deaths, he noted.