NTCA allows sterilisation of feral dogs to protect tigers
To deal with the fallout of a growing number of feral dogs in tiger reserves, the National Tiger Conservation Authoritity on Monday laid down a standard operating procedure - count them all, toke them away, and vaccinate and sterilise them. .And within all 50 tiger reserves in the country, all dogs, stray and feral will be treated as "street dogs".
With this, according to the SOP released on Monday, all dogs within tiger reserves will be dealt with in keeping with the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001. The set of rules, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, say that street dogs are to be picked up, sterilised, vaccinated and released where they were picked up from. ln case of tiger reserves, however, that won't apply: "Feral/stray dogs captured from within tiger reserves should under no circumstance be released back and a suitable alternative site be selected for their rehabilitation." More on this can be read by following the link below.