Animal Matters, No 11: 17th August, 2012

Dear Members and Friends,

The recent New York Times article on stray dogs created an uproar in the animal welfare community and rightly so. Not only was it biased but based on un-substantiated facts and figures. It is commendable that so many of us have written to the NYT.  Thought the animal welfare community: NGOs and individuals, are carrying out massive amounts of street-dog work with sterilisation, immunisation, rescue, adoption, fostering, first-aid, healthcare, sheltering, hospitalisation, education and awareness, it is now important that we invest time, money and energy in data collection which should include not only quantitative but also qualitative research. This should cover various essential parameters on the street dog issue including rabies deaths, dog bites etc in your city. It would not only help us give befitting replies to the NYT kind of articles in the future but also help strategise our work.

On the FIAPO front, Khushboo Gupta, who has been a key part of our secretariat moves on. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her singular contribution and for bringing lots of value, enthusiasm and liveliness with her work. We will miss your energy, Khushboo!! I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Manish Laungani and Amit Dixit to our staff team. I hope this will be an opportunity for you to contribute to the protection of animals in India. I and my fellow board members keenly look forward to working with you. 

Abodh Aras, FIAPO Trustee
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India for Animals: Showcasing YOUR Best Idea: The animal protection movement will always be in need of the vitality of new ideas. The IfA 2012 Dragon's Den will be a special opportunity for you to present a new idea within 15 minutes to a panel of four judges. The judges will select the strongest presentation and the presenter will receive seed funding to the tune of Rs 30,000 which can be used to activate or support the furtherance of the ideas in the proposal. 

Please think Big. Chances are, you are already working on your best idea. This can be an idea within an existing and currently-running programme. Maybe you have an idea about how to encourage greater clarity among the technical staff at your shelter for keeping more meticulous animal care records. This may not seem earth-shaking to people outside the shelter environment but for those within it, an inspirational idea in this field could save thousands of lives over time.

Deadline is 31st August, so email varda@fiapo.org to apply today. You have two weeks before applications for Dragon’s Den and registrations for the conference close!
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Holy Cow…
 
Khushboo Writes:
IFFCO is trying hard to set up a mega dairy in Nellore and the dairy industry is watching them! Yes, industry is watching for IFFCO to test waters before kick starting their own project of constructing a mega-dairy. So it is essential – for all of us, for the animals –  to tell them that a mega-dairy is bad for the animals, the environment and the people. Show them that you won’t allow a mega-dairy to set up in India. Join the protest. Sign petition against the mega-dairy here www.fiapo.org  Striving to shout about this project in media, check out this latest article published in the Russian daily – ‘Pravda’ about IFFCO’s dairy plans http://www.fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=12073
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FIAPO has very lately appreciated the District Collector of Erode for the superior job he has done in commissioning food supplies to thousands of starving Emus at some leading farms of the district. Some 8000 birds were abandoned by the owners at Susi, Queens and Nidhi farms in Erode and the birds had started attacking each other out of hunger and thirst. Had there not been any such prompt action on the part of the district administration, these birds would have perished to death after enduring enormous pain and suffering. FIAPO believes in honouring such heroes for animals. More here http://www.fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=12067
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Knowledge Exchange:  After very successful media training in Jaipur (see photos and feedback here http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=12072), we have two more workshops coming up in September – we are off to Lucknow to talk about building a local movement and increasing participation and then in Jaipur, founders from the fantastic Animal Aid Unlimited are visiting JFAPO to train members in first aid, rescue, handling and maximising impact of our helplines and shelters. More here http://fiapo.org/knowex.php To register to attend, in Jaipur or Lucknow, please email manish@fiapo.org
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Dolphin Watch: We have been gathering information from different Municipal Corporations about their plans to set up Marine Parks and Dolphinariums. Latest is that Thane Municipal Corporation also has a similar plan up their sleeve. An aquarium has been planned on 6000 sq meters of land. As per plans, Sea Lions, Beluga and Dolphin will be on display.

We have also found out about other institutions that have evinced interest and invited tenders – Govt of Karnataka and the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar. We are keeping a close eye on these developments.
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Ending Experimentation…
 
Alokparna writes: FIAPO seminars are back! September 1st, Hyderabad will see the second of the FIAPO seminars. This time, our speaker is Dr Rakesh Mishra – a scientist at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology who believes strongly in the reduction of animals used in experiments and refining the process. He is going to speak of more cost effective and humane replacement to rats and other mammalian models for scientific research.
If you or your friends want to be a part of this seminar, please mail our coordinator at alokparna@fiapo.org today!
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Fruits of Collaboration: The local federation in Jaipur has now been active for 5 months. And if you visit their page here, you will see their impressive accomplishments http://fiapo.org/jfapo.php One of the first things the Jaipur federation had responded to, was the high incidence of cattle affected by Botulism in Jaisalmer. A petition has now been launched, and you can sign the petition and read more about it here http://fiapo.org/view_art.php?viewid=12075

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We Care Srinagar: Dr Feroz Ali Dar, Head of Surgery at Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) shares his experience of working in Bangalore and that of being a Kashmiri himself. "There is no time to waste…Remember that dogs have been, and always will be, man’s best friend." http://www.fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=12065
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Blissful Bites…
Hearts of Palm (Confit of mushrooms, aged balsamic and raspberry vinaigrette), Gnocchi (Young asparagus, spicy tomato compote and fresh basil) and Polenta`Milanese´(Ratatouille vegetables, red pepper essence and crispy potato) followed by sorbet! What is all this? This is the menu for the Vegan demo and sit-down lunch at Graze on 25th August!
Hosted by Vivanta by Taj, M.G. Road, Bengaluru, this is the 4th vegan event in our year long collaboration with Graze. Be here for the lip smacking lunch for only Rs 1200/- (exclusive of taxes) and have the most amazing vegan food you have ever had!
Call +91 80 6660 4271 or +91 7760635477 for reservations today! To know more, mail us at alokparna@fiapo.org
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In focus: The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC)
In Focus is our Bangalore-based member, The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC), who have been rescuing small wild mammals, birds and reptiles and giving them a new lease of life on their seven acre facility which houses and treats displaced, injured and orphaned urban wildlife. In addition to some 100 animals they receive and care for monthly, WRRC has also done ground-breaking work for captive elephants in India. More here http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=12076

We will be back with more news for you in another fortnight. In the meanwhile, please continue to help animals in your own way; remember – no action is too small.

Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations
118, Mahabhadrakali Apt, Plot no: 6, Sector 13, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110075.
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