Green organisation Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon at a webinar on Friday urged the Dhaka South city mayor Fazle Noor Taposh to ensure coexistence of animals and humans in the city.
BAPA organised the webinar at a time when Dhaka South City Corporation is relocating stray dogs from the city to the periphery.
At the webinar, green activists as well as animal rights activists said that the relocation of dogs were actually similar to culling them.
To save the urban ecosystem we need to acknowledge that every animal plays its part in the environment, said Professor Khandaker Bazlul Haque, vice-president of BAPA while presiding over the event.
BAPA joint secretary Sharmeen Murshid, chief executive officer of non-government organisation Brotee, in her keynote paper said that dogs have a role in the ecosystem of the city. If dogs were relocated in an unplanned way it would impact other animals too.
She said that the government should conduct a study before taking any step to control the dog population.
BAPA executive vice-president physician Abdul Matin said that the wellbeing of animals and plants as well as human health were interdependent.
Farid Uddin Ahmed, joint secretary of BAPA, said that the awareness campaign in the community was very important to ease cynophobia, or fear of dogs among the people.
Animal rights activist Rakibul Huq Emil said that a dog never bites or barks unless it was impacted by or tortured and injured by human activities.
‘After being tortured, dogs behave unruly and bark when they remain hungry. We couldn’t even provide water for them in the way we planned our cities,’ he said.
Another activist Rubaiya Ahmed said that the pictures that went viral on social media platforms were not of the DSCC, but what the city corporation was doing was brutal enough.
The animal rights activists said that animals strictly maintain territories and local dogs would fight with relocated dogs creating more public nuisances.
The webinar saw BAPA general secretary Sharif Jamil give welcome speech while green activists and animal rights activists took turn to shed light on the issue.
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