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Savage Human and Stray Dogs is important as the first piece of documented research into the most blatant violation of India’s animal protection laws in recent history, committed ironically by lawmakers themselves….The book ends with a call to include animals in our moral universe which I wholeheartedly endorse.
What puts this book in a class by itself is Karlekar’s discussion of the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita and Brahma Sutra and other Vedantic / Hindu texts to find out what they have to say about the human / animal divide…. It is hoped that this powerful and important book will be a wake-up call to the people of India, Asia and beyond and that the issues it raises will be widely discussed.
Hiranmay Karlekar’s book is not merely human aggression against stray dogs…It also exposes the ugly side of man, who indulges in senseless killing, intrigue, greed, jealousy—attributes not found in animals….His book is strongly recommended for those who wish to call themselves human beings in the true sense of the word.
Writing about human aggression towards animals, veteran journalist Karlekar uses as his starting point the mass slaughter of stray dogs in Karnataka last year, sparked together by two cases of the mauling to death of small children in Bangalore….Karlekar’s study goes beyond anecdotes to discuss the roles of different players in the conflict, and to describe the most humane and practical method of managing the stray dog population: ABC or animal birth control.
Is MORAL concern something owed by humans only to humans? For 2,500 years this has seemed to be the case, not by logic or argument but simply because it was taken for granted….Savage Humans and Stray Dogs which investigates the 2007 mass slaughter of dogs in Bangalore represents India’s first documented research into a specific instance of animal cruelty….Anyone who is involved in street dog management should read Karlekar’s book. Savage Humans and Stray Dogs is an invaluable record, reminder and warning against wanton human aggression towards other animals.
The book rouses the conscious of the entire society and propagates care for stray dogs.
Savage Humans and Stray Dogs: A Study in Aggression…starts off with the mass killing of stray dogs in Bangalore and elsewhere in Karnataka in 2007….Karlekar shows how much of the mass slaughter went against the directives of the World Health Organization….He examines the grounds for assuming the superiority of human beings over animals. Citing instances from ancient and modern literature, he shows how the divide between the two species is one “that isn’t”.
Savage Humans and Stray Dogs …looks at human aggression and the entire range of relations between human and other creatures….The book is a stimulating read for people interested in the study of behavioural psychology, aggression, violence, human-animal relations and the environment. It would also be an invaluable resource for animal-rights activists.
Karlekar’s book is a great one for references, ferreting out instances of what happened in Bangalore and why they happened in the first place. But Savage Humans and Stray Dogs is also a grim reminder of how hopelessly our country continues to disrespect its four-legged citizens. Didn’t Gandhi say that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated? Read this book and you’ll see for yourself how weak our nation is today.
It is time to remember that when we destroy and demonise the guardians, we lay ourselves open to attack. Karlekar’s book is one such spark of sanity. Try and identify the shadow.