Adopt a stray dog, plant a tree as king’s birthday gift: Bhutan PM | The Daily Star
01:36 PM, February 28, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:43 PM, February 28, 2020

Adopt a stray dog, plant a tree as king’s birthday gift: Bhutan PM

As Bhutan recently celebrated the birthday of their king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the country's prime minister had a novel idea for a birthday gift.

Bhutan's Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering asked people to adopt a stray dog and plant a tree to celebrate their king's 40th birthday, reports NDTV online.

According to a tweet by Bhutanese journalist and mental health advocate Namgay Zam, the prime minister asked citizens to "adopt a stray dog each as a gift for His Majesty on His Birthday today". The measure, she added, would help the country deal with its booming stray dog population in a humane manner. She also said the PM urged people to plant a tree to mark the occasion.

Zam further added that she and her fiance had already adopted three strays.

Zam's tweet was received with surprise and delight on the microblogging platform, where many hailed the move and asked other countries to follow suit, NDTV further reports.

"And the world will be *such* a beautiful place, if only we could care for every creature the way we did for our families… Thank you, Bhutan, for showing the way! " tweeted one user named Aparna Karthikeyan.

According to Kuensel, the national newspaper of Bhutan, the uncontrolled stray dog population in the country has led to many issues, including increasing dog bite cases.

Last month, authorities had proposed engaging citizens in order to deal with the issue. Chief veterinarian officer with Department of Livestock Dr Karma Rinzin said that under the new initiative, communities and individuals would be "facilitated to adopt stray dogs and make them take full ownership of the animal."

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