Telling Numbers: 18 lakh fewer stray dogs in 7 years, and the 1.53 crore still on streets

The number of dogs on the streets of India has fallen from Rs 1.71 crore in 2012 to Rs 1.53 crore in 2019, according to figures reported in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Parchutam Rupala.

In response to a question from Thomas Chazikadan of Kerala Congress (M), the Minister cited these figures from the livestock censuses for these two years.

Source: Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy. lok sabha reply

18 lakh: This was the drop in the number of street dogs across the country, posting a 10% decline, between 2012 and 2019.

21 lakh: This was the drop in the dog population on the streets of Uttar Pradesh, which was more severe than the decline across India. Figures in UP fell by half – from 41.79 lakh in 2012 to 20.59 in 2019.

3.7 lakh: Next to Uttar Pradesh, the highest decrease in the number of stray dogs was in Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), at 3.7 lakh, from 12.3 lakh in 2012 to 8.6 lakh in 2012. Among the 17 states the number of stray dogs was 1 Lakhs or more in 2019, eight saw a decline in numbers. Apart from UP and Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), the other six states were: Bihar (low 3.4 lakh), Assam (3 lakh), Tamil Nadu (2 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (2 lakh), Jharkhand (98000). ) and West Bengal (17 lakh).

2.6 lakh: This was the increase in the number of dogs on the streets of Karnataka, the highest for any state. Among the 17 largest states, the number increased by 1.25 lakh in Rajasthan, by less than 1 lakh in Odisha (87,000), Gujarat (85,000), Maharashtra (60,000), Chhattisgarh (51,000), Haryana (42,000), Jammu and Kashmir (38,000), and Kerala (21,000).

0: The union territory of Lakshadweep did not have a single dog on the streets, in any of the cattle census. In the 2019 census, no stray dogs were found in two other states: Dadra & Nagar Haveli Haveli (a sharp decline from 2,173 in 2012) and Manipur (where 23 strays were counted in 2012). In Mizoram, the count was zero in 2012; This increased to 69 in 2019.

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