With the increasing number of stray dog attacks in Kerala, celebrities, politicians and socialites are getting involved in expressing their views on the matter.
While many support the government's decision to cull the rabid animals that attack kids and poor people on streets, others are opposed to it.
Kollywood super hero Vishal is the latest celeb, who has come forward to save stray dogs in Kerala. He is said to go on a hunger strike during an event in Valluvar Kottam in Chennai on Saturday, 25 July. The event has been organised by the People For Cattle India.
A photo, in which the actor is seen holding a poster "Stop Killing Dogs", has been doing the rounds on social media.
For a Gud cause. God bless pic.twitter.com/b4jlmJ2qda
— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) July 22, 2015
In his recent blog post titled "Canine Conundrum", Mollywood superstar Mohanlal has also expressed his opinion on the matter. The "Drishyam" actor, who is a dog lover and owns four canines, claimed many are not even realising human beings are the sole reason behind the rising number of stray dogs.
"We are the ones who feed these dogs with the wastes irresponsibly thrown to the streets. We are feeding them on streets like we feed them at home. The dogs grow in numbers just because of us and we discuss whether to kill them or not," Mohanlal wrote on his blog.
Read Mohanlal's full Blog HERE
A group of social media users launched "Worldwide Boycott Kerala Movement 2015" on social media platforms to boycott the state and boycott its products until the government stopped killing dogs. However, claiming that these campaigns are launched based on misinformation, another online petition called "Stop the hate campaign against Kerala" was also launched on Change.org website.
Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor has shared the petition on his official Twitter handle claiming that the stray dog issue cannot be a reason to hate Kerala.
Earlier, television anchor Ranjini Haridas and many other activists had come forward in support of animals, and even met with Panchayat members in Ernakulam that resulted in chaos. After the meeting video went viral, she was also criticised by many for not thinking about the life of kids, who are been attacked by stray dogs.
"It is the common people, who suffer due to the attack by street dogs, people like you travelling in AC cars and aeroplanes each time can support them, as you are not even seeing any of them," a Facebook user posted on her page.
The anchor-turned-actress has also been sharing posts on the stray dog issue on social media.
South Indian actress Raai Laxmi's Facebook post "Saddest new again culling of stray dogs in Kerala wonder wats happening in GOD'S OWN COUNTRYhating humans now" sparked debate on social media and many asked her to take care of all violent animals instead of hating human beings.
Philanthropist and businessman Kochouseph Chittilappilly has also openly expressed his opinion on the matter and supported the government's decision to cull violent animals. However, many allege that the amusement park "Wonderla" owner might have some hidden business agenda.
Jude Anthany Joseph
In an open letter to animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi, "Om Shanti Oshana" director Jude Anthany Joseph had requested the union minister "to inform the mad dogs not to hurt human beings."