Street dog which we used to feed till he bit my dad
A lot of people are protesting online that no stray dogs in Sri Lanka should be killed. But some should. It is not healthy to have stray, mangy, bitey dogs running around a city, not healthy for anyone. Normal policy is you put them in pounds, make them possible for adoption and euthanize them if they’re not. Vaccinating or sterilizing them and sending them back out isn’t a good option.
This necessarily means that culling is a part of any sane policy to control the stray dog population. If people have a problem with that they should do like groups like Adopt A Dog In Sri Lanka (which incidentally opposes the policy) and put up money and time to care for stray dogs and give them homes. The best protest in this case is to adopt a dog.
For example, my friends picked up a stray in Medavachchiya who is adorable if bitey, but she was bloated, wormy and dying when we found her, hardly an ideal turn of affairs. If the population was controlled these animals wouldn’t be suffering so much in the first place.
Also, their suffering aside, stray dogs hospitalize like 2,000 people a day, and carry rabies. Like Jack Point has, uh, pointed out they also chase people, cars, motorbikes and cause accidents and disasters. Many stray dogs in Colombo are aggressive, territorial and dangerous.
Culling dogs is simply a part of a reasonable stray control policy. Not that I say a part, it has to go hand in hand with sterilization, pounds and rehoming of dogs. But in five to ten years we should aim for a Colombo without stray dogs on the street, like a civilized and safe city. That means taking the stray population down from the currently unmanageable 3 million and keeping it down. Culling is a necessary part of the policy.
If that really bothers you, you can start by adopting a dog, or like in my Achchi’s case, any and every random dog possible. I adopted a kitten which involves a fair amount of shit cleaning and being woken up with claw to the face but it’s quite rewarding as well. Allowing them to suffer and endanger people on the streets, however, is not compassion, it’s just benign neglect.