India has very little to be proud of.
No gold medals in the Olympics.
No good movies.
No good leaders.
No good people.
But one thing India has lots of – Rabid Dogs!
Oh, I mean of the quadruped kind (we’ll deal with the biped rabid curs on another occasion).
My favorite newspaper, the New York Times, had an interesting piece on the menace of stray dogs in India yesterday.
There are millions of stray dogs in India and they’re causing much agony to hapless folks.
Here’s an excerpt from the NYT piece:
No country has as many stray dogs as India, and no country suffers as much from them. Free-roaming dogs number in the tens of millions and bite millions of people annually, including vast numbers of children. An estimated 20,000 people die every year from rabies infections — more than a third of the global rabies toll.
Packs of strays lurk in public parks, guard alleyways and street corners and howl nightly in neighborhoods and villages. Joggers carry bamboo rods to beat them away, and bicyclists fill their pockets with stones to throw at chasers. Walking a pet dog here can be akin to swimming with sharks.
….India’s place as the global center for rabid dogs is an ancient one: the first dog ever infected with rabies most likely was Indian, said Dr. Charles Rupprecht, chief of the rabies program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dog bites cause 99 percent of human rabies deaths.
- Source: New York Times, August 6, 2012