Major General (retd) R M Kharb, the chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), on Monday condemned the rumour that feeding stray dogs increases their population. Animal activists said some city-based organizations have been allegedly spreading the rumour. The chairman said “such rumours are ridiculous”. “The Delhi high court in its order had stated that there is no law that prohibits feeding of street animals. It further said that feeding stray dogs is both lawful and helpful,” he said. The board authorities added that they will soon approach the organizations spreading such rumours and sensitize them.