You are Anu/Arun, 13, W. E. A. Karol Bagh, New Delhi. You feel very strongly about the ill-treatment meted out to stray dogs at the hands of callous and indifferent people. Write a letter to the Editor of a national daily giving your views on why some people behave in such a manner and how these dogs should be treated.
13, W. E. A.
2 March, 20××
The Times of India
Subject: Ill Treatment of Stray Dogs
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the general public towards ill treatment meted out to stray dogs at the hands of human beings.
It is a common sight these days. Men, women and children kick, hit or throw stones at stray dogs mercilessly deriving pleasure from the harmless creature’s pain. On some instances, stray dogs have been beaten or shot to death for no apparent reasons. Such inhuman behaviour goes unnoticed and unpunished.
One of the reasons behind the growing population of street dogs is that families who cannot take care of their pet dogs, abandon them on the streets without proper food or shelter.
Due to callous and indifferent attitude of people, helpless stray dogs are ill-treated, get run over by moving vehicles or are caught by dog catchers. It pains to think that man’s best friend is considered a menace by the insensitive man himself.
The problem can be easily dealt with by sensitising people while creating awareness regarding the pitiful conditions of the street dogs. At the same time, municipal authorities and NGOs must establish animals shelters so as to keep them off the street.
I hope adequate measures will be taken soon to protect the stray dogs.