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sleeping dogs, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

i wanted to write something about the current situation in bangalore with the stray dogs. Initiated by an incident 3 weeks ago when a young 3 year old boy died due to a stray dog attack, things have been getting tough for stray dogs in bangalore. first the responsible administration said that no dogs should be harmed and in cooperation with some animal rights NGOs over a period of 1 week dogs were captured and brought to animal shelters. of course things got rough… citiziens complained that only the well-off areas were “cleaned” of the dogs and the areas where the problem was the worst, there nothing changed. the catcher caught dogs that were no strays dogs after all. an animal rights ngos has a video where thousands of dogs were culled although nothing should have happened to them. the animal shelters were soon full so some caught dogs that were brought there and left in cages died from the heat and dehydration. there were protest demos against the dog catching and culling. today i read that this issue has taken a spiritual turn when a guru went on a indefinite hungerstrike to protest against the current situation. i am not saying that the stray dog problem isn´t a massive problem after all. but i think it is far better to sterilize them and immunalize them against rabies then to kill them all. this will cause an unbalance and is just cruel behaviour. not all stray dogs are mean and attack. most of them are nice dogs. the ones that do attack have to get captured. but sadly most of the caught ones that have died didn´t belong to this category. and i think it is outrageous for the responsible administration to promise not to harm the harmless stray dogs and then after capturing a great deal to decide to kill them. This is not right and very cruel. Is not the fault of all the stray dogs if a few of them (the minority) attacks and bites. those should be taken care of cuz there are dangerous but the others: leave them alone, don´t harm them.

for more information on this topic:

BBC News South Asia- Stray dogs killed

Indian Express- Bangalore goes to the dogs

The Hindu- Media has created a scare about stray dogs

The Hindu- Drive launched against stray dogs, 200 killed

 

a recent work update… today has been very very exhausting because i have nothing to do right now… but this does not mean i have free time… the worst thing about is the pretending to have something to do while in fact you are bored to your brains. anyway… i just need this day to be over soon. some bangalore updates:

today we show an amrita sher gil movie, this movie was also part of the Haus der Kunst Exhibition in Munich. so i am very excited that i finally get to see it cuz when i went to see the exhibition i was running late on time and had to go before watching it. around ten o clock navina sundaram arrived, the director of the film and the niece of amrita as well, so it was nice meeting here and all. and i am excited about tonight. but in the mean time nothing to do… that sucks.

i still have no internet connection on my computer cuz i still have to figure out the different prices and companies and if there is any good deal or offer at the moment. on the weekend i will do that.

last night i went to the biggest bookstore in bangalore, the landmark, and i went crazy. i bought so many books, non-fiction, that i need for university or my master thesis. i think i spent like 70 euros in their. i will send the books to germany per ship. books are very affordable here and i would be very angry later on if i hadn´t bought them.

anyway, another thing i really like about this city is that the riksha drivers drive you per meter here and you hardly ever have to argue about the price. also there are many prepaid riksha driver stalls that makes it easy to come home late at night at a normal 1 1/2 meter price without the arguing.

ok, now i really gotta go back to work… 😉

hampi street, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

tailor, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

pillars in the sun, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

farmers, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

rice fields, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

typical household at hampi bazaar, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

Kokusnuss trinkende Kuh, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

strassenszene hampi, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

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