Dogs are not only man's best friend, they are also his oldest one. And that's the reason why the Dhaka South City Corporation’s (DSCC) recent move to relocate strays from the capital has sparked a huge public outcry.
In a controversial move, the civic body has, of late, started relocating strays from different parts of the metropolis under its jurisdiction to the Matuail landfill on the outskirts. In sharp contrast, the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has decided to aggressively carry out vaccination and sterilisation programmes to control the population of strays.
Animal lovers have been intensifying their protests against DSCC's move. On Friday, Animal Lovers Bangladesh (ALB), an organization working for animal welfare, formed a human chain at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital, demanding the authorities shelve the plan to relocate Dhaka's stray dogs.
A UNB photojournalist captured some photos of the human chain.
‘Don’t throw them like garbage. Let them Live. They didn’t harm humans. We are harmful for them’ — read a placard held by one of the protesters.
Another placard suggested aggressive vaccination of dogs instead of relocation or killing.
Other placards highlighted the importance of dogs in human society.