Earlier this month, a six-year-old boy was critically wounded when road canine attacked him whereas he was enjoying close to his home within the Damshahr neighborhood of Qom, south of Tehran. He later died of his accidents.
One other four-year-old boy had additionally misplaced his life in an identical incident in the identical neighborhood days earlier.
In the meantime, a video went viral of a media activist, Javad Heidari, through which he recounts how he was attacked by canine when he was driving a motorbike. He stated he fell off his bike and broke a leg.
A pointy rise in related incidents has prompted rising calls among the many public for authorities in municipalities to gather road canine.
On the similar time, nonetheless, animal rights activists have voiced issues over potential mistreatment of the animals in case they’re collected by from the streets, the place many animal lovers get to feed them or present them with shelters.
Following the deaths of the 2 youngsters, Iranian lawmaker Hojjatoleslam Mojtaba Zonnouri stated earlier this week that the Parliament was set to position on agenda a invoice on defending the individuals’s lives in opposition to harmful animals.
Iranian cities, suburban areas and villages are dwelling to tens of hundreds of stray canine that dwell in packs in neighborhoods, streets and wooded areas and often discover meals by going via rubbish.
There have been numerous situations of conflicts between feeders and different residents over assaults by canine which can be ate up the streets, with rival campaigns having been launched on-line for and in opposition to getting the stray canine off streets.
Environmental observers have raised the alarm at an increase in numbers of stray canine and their assaults on individuals, largely youngsters, within the nation. They argue that the extreme feeding of those animals solely work to disrupt the ecosystem and enhance the inhabitants of stray canine in addition to cats.
Shadi Maleki, an official with Tehran Municipality, instructed the IRIB that there have been no exact information out there on the precise variety of stray canine.
In Tehran alone, between 5,000 to six,000 canine are estimated to be dwelling on the streets, she stated.
Though many view it as a great deed to feed stray canine, many wildlife specialists agree that feeding species that aren’t dealing with the danger of extinction “will not be the fitting factor to do,” she added.
Maleki rejected claims by animal rights activists that municipalities had been after accumulating and “killing” the road canine and stated this had by no means been on the agenda.
She stated the collected canine are stored in shelters. The sick ones obtain remedy earlier than being sterilized and vaccinated. They’re then given license plates and handed over to these keen to maintain the canine as guardians.