After adopting pets, what happens once you’ve got the little guys home? Bengaluru’s animal waste management is lacking, it seems.
Story so far: Most pet owners either don’t know how to get rid of the biomedical waste or simply don’t realise that they need to worry about it. Most people simply throw their waste in the bin and don’t seek any virus neutralisation. Even when a pet dies, most don’t think about the diseases the animal could have hosted.
- Reimagine Waste, a waste management service organisation, said that the waste generated by veterinary clinics is also not properly managed.
- This often results in toxic waste and adversely affects the environment. Given the city’s already rising pollution, the added waste doesn’t help one bit.
What should happen: According to an official at Reimagine Waste, animal waste needs to be separated at the source itself. When a pet dies, it must be taken to the veterinarian who can work on the virus denaturalisation process. This will contain any diseases the pet might have had. The waste generated needs to be treated like any other biomedical waste.