In recent weeks, a number of disturbing pictures and videos taken in India have been appearing online showing dogs that appear to be blue. But not just blue, the kind of blue you might put into your radiator blue. The kind of blue that seems completely impossible on a natural creature and so the kind of blue that many would assume are faked to create a sensation. Well, a sensation it is, as these pictures aren’t doctored or faked in any way. The disturbing reality is sensation enough, by far.
LOCAL RIVER A HORROR OF POLLUTION FILLED WITH CHEMICALS AND BLUE DYE
Videos and photos of dogs taken in the industrial town of Taloja, India, show dogs that are a disturbing shade of blue. But “industrial” is the key word to pay attention to here (well there, for now). The answer to how this can be a real phenomenon is that the dogs in question all swam in a local river badly polluted by industrial waste, which included a type of cerulean dye clearly impacting the animals. But this time the story takes a more positive spin as the online reaction to these images were a call to action.
ACTIVISTS GET COMPANY SHUT DOWN AFTER INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION AND OUTCRY, BUT COMPANY REMAINS ANONYMOUS
Activists in the area were able to get the company shut down after filing a complaint to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), which concluded the plant was indeed releasing a mysterious blue dye into the Kasadi river. The name of the company allegedly responsible has not yet been released. It’s unclear exactly how many dogs have been affected by the dye, but thankfully, the ones that have been caught—and cleaned—by local SPCA members have been perfectly healthy. “The dye is possibly water based as it washed off after two regular baths,” an animal care worker at the Thane SPCA told National Geographic.
While the factory allegedly responsible for releasing the blue dye has been shut down, local activists say this isn’t enough.
THIS OUTRAGE A SMALL PART OF AREA THREAT, BUT REFORM AND OVERSIGHT NEEDED, NOT FIRED LABORERS
“Shutting down one industry, as MPCB has done, only results in daily wage laborers losing their bread and butter,” animal rights activist Arati Chauhan told The Hindustan Times. “There are many other industries in the area that pose a threat to the flora, fauna and a threat of more such cases is a possibility. There is a need for pollution monitoring of all plants and development of adequate green cover around industrial sites.”
Hopefully, all the Good Boys and Girls in Taloja can be humanely captured and cleaned. All puppers—and people—deserve to swim in water that hasn’t been tainted with industrial waste.