Jaya files petition to stop DSCC’s stray dog relocation
Published: 10:13 PM, 17 September 2020 Updated: 03:53 PM, 26 September 2020
Popular artist, actress, and heroine of two Bengals, Jaya Ahsan has filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directive to the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to stop its move to relocate stray dogs from the DSCC area to Matuail.
Noted actor Jaya Ahsan and two animal welfare organizations -- Obhoyaronno and People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Foundation -- collectively submitted the writ petition as public interest litigation to the HC requesting it to stay the DSCC's decision to relocate the dogs.
In the petition, they also challenged the legality of the DSCC's move to relocate the dogs and urged the HC to issue a rule asking the government and DSCC to explain why the DSCC's move should not be declared illegal.
It is learned, stray dogs have reportedly been picked from Dhaka's TSC and Dhanmondi areas and relocated to Matualil landfill under the verbal order from the DSCC.
It’s worth mentioning that according to the Animal Welfare Act, 2019, no animals including stray dogs can be removed, relocated, and dumped as per Section 7.
Dr Shafiqul Islam, DSCC veterinary officer, reportedly said they removed some dogs from areas under DSCC and left those in Matuail landfill because they were creating problems and there were "objections" against them.