Contributor corner: Mary-Rose Abraham

Mary-Rose AbrahamMary-Rose Abraham is a multimedia journalist, currently based in Bangalore, India. She was previously a staff producer for several years at ABC News in Los Angeles and New York City. Mary-Rose graduated with honors from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

Twitter: @maryroseabraham

What is your story about?

The intersection of human health and canine health.

What did you learn that you didn’t expect?

Having grown up in the US, I was familiar with the system of impounding dogs (and cats) and the subsequent euthanasia of millions of these animals every year. In Indian cities, there is no large-scale shelter system, which explains why dogs make their homes on the streets. However, I was surprised to learn that it is against Indian law to kill them. Perhaps in this one narrow measure, India fulfils the words of Mahatma Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Read Mary-Rose’s feature on Mosaic, publishing 25 August 2015.