THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: How can the City Corporation get rid of the stray dog menace and also earn extra revenue in the process? Exporting the wandering canines to Nagaland and Korea can help achieve the twin goals, suggests CPM MLA and former city Mayor V Sivankutty. ‘’If we export the stray dogs in the city to Korea or to Nagaland, the people there will get a chance to relish their favourite dish. The Corporation will also earn additional revenue’’ Sivankutty said, while drawing attention to the city’s stray dog menace in the Assembly.
Sivankutty said there were close to 50,000 stray dogs in the city and the canines prefer to roam around in ‘’gangs” of six to seven members.’ ‘While some dogs prefer to chase two-wheeler riders, some prefer pedestrians. Some specialise in running after the cars of ministers as they are attracted by the blaring horns and flashing beacon lights,’’ Sivankutty said evoking peals of laugher from among members.
The MLA from Nemom also observed that it was very risky for people to step out on the streets during the dogs’ reproductive season as the canines tend to be more aggressive during that period.
K Kunhammad Master of CPM soon chipped in saying that, in the dog market in Dimapur (Nagaland), dog meat was twice costlier than mutton. ‘’Definitely, the Corporation should explore exporting the stray dogs to that place,’’ he said.