21/02/2016 11:56 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Kerala Businessman Urges People To Kill Stray Dogs

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SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - MARCH 19: Stray puppies roam on March 19, 2019 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Every year hundreds of stray dog bite cases are reported from the district hospitals. The stray dog population, estimated to be more than hundred thousand, are currently making burrows in open graveyards; often exposing the remains of the dead. Municipal authorities are now considering sterilizing the stray canine population to tackle the problem, after several attempts to poison them had to be abandoned following protests by animal rights activists. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM -- Kerala Industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappilly today began a 24-hour hunger strike here seeking an end to the stray dog menace.

Speaking on the occasion, Chittilappilly said:

"The penalty amount for killing a stray dog was only Rs 50. If everyone decides to kill a stray dog a day, then the menace will be over."

Slamming the 2001 law, which prevents culling of stray dogs, he urged the people to work together to put pressure on the government to amend it.

There have been reports of violent attacks by stray dogs on humans, including young children.

Since 2014, Chittilappilly has been campaigning against the dog menace for which he came under a lot of criticism from animal lovers and has also been booked under various animal cruelty laws for inciting the public to kill stray dogs.

Chittilappilly, Founder-Chairman and Managing Director of V-Guard Industries, has donated one of his kidneys to an truck driver.

Archbishop Soosai Pakiam of the Latin Catholic church, inaugurated the fast, which began at 12 noon.

The agitation has been organised under the aegis of Federation of Residents Association of Thiruvananthapuram here.

Thiruvananthapuram District Collector, Biju Prabhakar, was also present.

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