Export stray dogs to North East: Rashid

SRINAGAR: Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) president Sheikh Abdul Rashid has asked the government to export stray dogs to North East states so as to rid Kashmiri people of the menace. 

Reacting to the recent incidents of canine bites reported from different parts of the valley, Rashid also castigated the government for unavailability of anti-rabies vaccine at the hospitals, including SKIMS. 

AIP issued the statement after Rashid visited 10-year-old Sadiya Akhtar of Neelipora Handwara who is battling for her life at SKIMS after being bitten by dogs along with some other children. Rasid said: “The tragedy is that the state government has not kept available the required vaccine even at the state’s premier hospital SKIMS and even when the matter was brought to the notice of Health Minister and Commissioner Secretary Health, they expressed their helplessness to provide free vaccine to the ill fated children.” 

Stating that dogs have much more rights than human beings in J&K, Rashid said the least government could do was to export the stray packs to North Eastern states where people consume their meat. 

“The illogical excuse given by the government to not eliminate stray dogs of Supreme Court prohibition stands exposed when people in North East use dog meat on commercial basis and is freely available at butcher shops there.” 

He said the export of stray dogs would not only bring revenue to state but also rid Kashmiris from the menace.

He suggested the ministers to question their conscience if they had a right to be in the office, when they can’t protect the innocent children from this terror.

He said that if the ministers could visit their constituencies on state paid tickets to consolidate their vote bank, why the government couldn’t afford few anti-rabies vaccines in hospitals. 

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