Dogs In This Mumbai Suburb Are Turning Blue, And The Reason Is Not Funny
Navi Mumbai is a rapidly developing suburb of Mumbai- one that is typified by the presence of a lot of factories, especially in the Taloja area of the suburb. Around 1000 factories- from pharmaceutical, engineering and food industries, are in this area. As such, there is a lot of industrial waste.
And now, this industrial waste is showing signs of long term damage. At least 5 stray dogs in this area have turned blue in colour!
The reason is the Kasadi river. Industrial waste from these aforementioned factories is dumped into this river, with little to no regard for the aquatic and animal life in and around the river. These dogs must have strayed towards the river for food and/or water, and it has resulted in their fur getting dyed light blue.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell took pictures of a dog whose fur had been dyed blue, on Wednesday. The group filed a complaint with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Thursday, saying animals in the area were suffering because dyes were being released directly into the river by industrial units. Arati Chauhan, resident of Navi Mumbai who runs the animal protection cell, said-
“It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue. We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries.”
Industrialization should never be at the price of our flora and fauna being damaged.
Animals are our responsibility. It’s high time we stop failing them.
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