Not Just Humans, DC should Also Ban Stray dogs on Beaches FOREVER!
Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr K.G. Jagadeesha has barred tourists and other people, except traditional fishermen, from getting into the sea at various beaches in Mangaluru till August-end. This rule applies to beaches in Ullal, Someshwara, Mogaveerapatna, Panambur, Tannirbavi, Sasihitlu and Surathkal, effective today until August end. But there are bunch of stray dogs roaming the beaches- and many tourists are scared to take their kids to the beaches here, fearing that these dogs may harm their children. so even though the DC has banned tourists from entering beaches till August end, he should also ban stray dogs FOREVER?
Mangaluru: Even in spite of warning signs posted near all the beaches in DK not to swim in the deep sea waters when the tides are high- and even when the life guards warn tourists not to get into the rough sea water- Still tourists being ignorant enter the deep sea water and later face the consequences- either they will be saved by the lifeguards or fishermen if they are lucky or they’ll get drowned. Due the recent incidents of youngsters getting drowned and losing their precious lives, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr K.G. Jagadeesha has barred tourists and other people, except traditional fishermen, from getting into sea at various beaches in Mangaluru till August-end. This rule applies to beaches in Ullal, Someshwara, Mogaveerapatna, Panambur, Tannirbavi, Sasihitlu and Surathkal, effective today until August end.
In an order, passed by the DC, he has stated “that tourists and others visiting beaches should follow the instructions of Home Guards, the police and tourist guides. They should not enter the danger zones marked on the beaches. Tourist guides and Home Guards have been empowered to hand over such persons who violated the order to the nearest police station. If anybody violated the order, action would be taken against them under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, 1973”. But the order is not applicable to traditional fishermen.
While most of the beaches in and around Mangaluru have strictly enforced DC’s order, with security and warning signs signs posted at the beaches- but one thing they have neglected is the growing population of stray dogs on the beaches. Even though I am a dog lover, owning four dogs, but I strongly oppose the presence of stray dogs on the beaches with are a safety hazard and also that many tourists are allergic to dogs. Few days ago there were about 30-40 dogs roaming around on the beach near to “Tree park-Tannirbhavi” and they will not allow your children to make sand castles and nor allow you to eat anything on the beach. They have a odd habit of urinating in sand castles and looking at your faces while you are eating. Chances are that you may step on the dog poop seen here and there on the sand?
Beach life for the dogs is fraught with doggie complications. Naturally being very territorial, they fight for position within their packs. It’s a daily occurrence to hear them fighting if an outsider dog has strayed onto the wrong patch of beach! And this fight between the dogs on the beach scare children who have come all the way from near and far with their parents- but have to return back due to the fear of stray dogs.
Abhida Hussain, who had come with her three children all the way from Puttur said, ” Being a weekend we had all come to see the Tree Park, and later enjoy some time on the beach. But unfortunately when we steeped out of the Tree Park-Tannirbhavi, a bunch of stray dogs cane running at our children who were ready to play. My youngest daughter was so scared and started to cry loud, we all had to return back, without spending some leisure time on the beach. Not that we hate dogs, but this is a tourist destination, and some people are scared of dogs. The administration or the beach authorities should take care of this dog menace”.
Arun and Sheela Kappor, a newly married couple from Bengaluru speaking to Team Mangalorean said, ” We had come to see the Tree Park- and also wanted to spend some time on the beach. We took off our footwear and started to walk on the beach. For bad luck, one of us stepped on the dog poop barefoot, and we had to find water to was it away, since we learnt that entering deep water was banned- although a few tourists were seen in the water at this spot. But we didn’t wanted to take chance- and also seeing the group of dogs we decided to leave from here”.