A raging debate is going on the social networking sites whether we should hate Kerala or not over the stray dog menace in the state.
A group wants to boycott Kerala because of its government’s decision to cull the rabid animals while another group has come out against the hate campaign on the social media. #BoycottKerala has been making headlines recently. Now, another online petition called "stop the hate campaign against Kerala" is also doing the rounds on the social media. This petition campaign is posted in the popular Change.org website.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor from Thiruvananthapuram has come forward in support of the petition.
“Keralites may not have handled stray dogs well, but that’s no reason to hate the state,” Tharoor tweeted.
Businessman Kochouseph Chittilappilly said in his Facebook page that he believed a lobby behind this hate campaign.
“I believe that a lobby is behind this hate campaign. I have been notified about a counter campaign being initiated by those who are really concerned about the suffering of people in Kerala,” he said.
As many as 4,000 supporters have so far signed in the petition.
In a new twist to the debate, actor Mohanlal recently wrote in his blog saying that the reason for the current predicament is none other than ourselves, who dump garbage all over the place, providing food for them.
"To the question whether stray dogs should be killed or not, we ourselves should decide whether we should rear them, feeding garbage. We should think more about waste management," he said.
"Om Shanti Oshana" director Jude Anthany Joseph, in an open letter, had requested union minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi "to inform the mad dogs not to hurt human beings."
The government's decision was following wide complaints about the menace of stray dogs in the state.
About 1.17 lakh people, mainly women and children, have suffered dog bites in the state in the last one year.
A five year-old boy playing in front of his house in Kottayam district was the latest victim of dog bite.