Rohan Baig, the minister for Urban Development in the state of Karnataka, spoke out after PETA said stray animals should be left to roam free in the region in the south of the country.
Official figures show 74 people died in wild boar attacks in India in 2015-16 and Mr Baig said the safety of the people came first and stray or wild animals in urban areas should be rounded up if possible.
He said: “We agree that there are animal rights issues. But they should also think about human beings. They will realise it when something happens to their children because of stray animals.”
The minister spoke out after PETA opposed the rounding up of wild pigs by the government in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.