Feeders of stray dogs and opponents who find dogs and puppies a nuisance have always been at loggerheads but the alleged intervention of Menaka Gandhi in such a dispute has inspired Raju Z. Moray to pen this poem.



Instances are increasing

Of Man’s faithful friend

Being neglected, ill-treated

Often meeting a sad end


Those for or against dogs

Are almost equally divided

Matters have reached courts

To be argued and decided


Supporters once aroused

Exhibit tendencies canine

And aggressive opponents

Very often cross the line


Animal rights crusaders

Have compassion at heart

Ensconced only for animals

(For humans it’s yet to start)


Such compassion is selective

It has its unique features

Confined to favourite animals

Not all the living creatures


Left out of the ruling Cabinet

An MP still growls for rights

Even outside the Parliament

She finds enough dog-fights


Animals are trending topics

On many social media blogs

Now that so many are jobless

And our Economy gone to dogs.


(Raju Z Moray is an advocate who practices law in the Bombay High Court when not puncturing bloated egos. He is the creator of ‘Gobble D. Gook’, his alter-ego, who figured in the ‘Court Jester’ columns of ‘The Lawyers’.)

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