Throwing dead animals in open threatening public safety

Throwing dead animals in open threatening public safety

SHOPIAN: With no place to bury or dispose off dead domestic animals, throwing bodies of animals in the open in rural areas is emerging as a threat to public health and safety.
Bodies of dead animals, especially cattle, thrown in open invite scores of dogs, besides producing a strong stink in the area.
Packs of dogs devouring the flesh of dead animals become a threat to passers by, often attacking them. “People from neighbouring villages have made our village road a graveyard for dead animals. They throw their dead animals in our village in night hours and put lives of our children and elders on risk,” Gulzar Ahmad Khan, a resident of Voterpora village in Shopain district said.
Another resident said that the bodies also bring in hundreds of crows, who go on damaging the nearby orchards.
An official from urban local bodies, wishing not to be named, said that there was no graveyard meant for animals in Kashmir except one with Pampore Municipal Committee.
“It is true that government has not come up with any solution for such things, that is to establish animal graveyards,” he said.
He suggested that people should identify some piece of land for burying the animals till government comes with any solution.
“If people find lack of such arrangements then they should contact their nearest municipality who can then take care of the issue,” he added.
Veterinarians say that bodies of dead animals often carry rabies viruses, which gets transmitted to dogs, once they eat the flesh.
“In cases dogs find humans near dead animals they feel apprehensive about their booty, and tend to chase away the humans,” Dr Aashiq Hussain said.
Javid Ahmad, a social activist said that people should not throw such animals in open.
“Death of an animal brings more responsibility to the affected family and they should, with the help of municipality or locals, bury the animal under soil to avoid inconvenience to people, as such activities often lead to serious accident and injuries,” Javid said.