mumbai. Animal hospital needed in suburbs, activists write to minister | Bombay News

MUMBAI: Over 2,000 online signatures have so far been collected by animal lovers and activists urging the state government to set up an animal welfare hospital in the suburbs of Mumbai, on the model of the existing animal hospital in Parel, South Mumbai.
The Honorary Animal Welfare Officer who oversees the committee responsible for implementing animal welfare laws in the state, Dr. Nandini Kulkarni, told TOI: “Our signature campaign for a hospital for animals in the suburbs has got off to a good start.We have written to the State Cabinet Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sunil Kedar that perhaps an animal hospital can be made operational at the Bombay Veterinary College in Goregaon (east). much needed to deal with animal cruelty and emergencies involving dog and cat hit-and-runs.”
Dr Kulkarni added that activist Surinder Malhotra is spearheading the signature campaign; while the ‘Voice Of Bimbisar Nagar – Goregaon East’ petitioned Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray to open an animal hospital in the suburbs of the city.
“Over the past few days, three horrific cases of hit and run due to reckless driving have been found in Goregaon, Juhu and also Mira Road. Bringing an injured dog to Parel in such a situation is time consuming and can increase the number of deaths,” she added.
Activist Sunish Subramanian Kunju from the Plant and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS-Mumbai), commented: “It is a good idea to have an animal hospital in the suburbs of Mumbai. However, I would add that there should also be smaller animal treatment clinics in each BMC Civic Service, with appropriate municipal veterinarians, to help animals in distress. Thus, there may be a larger animal hospital and smaller clinics.
“A separate service to perform the sterilizations for Animal Birth Control (ABC) measures should also be there. At present, some private NGOs have been given the civic contract to catch the dogs and operate them at the cost of Rs 1500 by neutering.” This leads to a chaotic and often cruel situation of many dogs being herded into a van and taken away for operations. Cruelty should be avoided,” Dr Kulkarni said.
Animal activists have also suggested an eco-friendly animal crematorium at the proposed animal hospital.
The Livestock Department would look into this request.

Benjamin M. Yerger