Animal Matters, No 12: 31st August, 2012

Dear Members and Friends,

The third Saturday of August is heralded as the International Homeless Animals’ Day where animal welfare organizations around the world come together to raise awareness on overpopulation of companion animals. This year, on August 18th, several activities like candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons etc. were conducted in different parts of the world. While it may seem like a sad day to many; for me, it holds promise as it offers a wonderful opportunity to help spread the word about responsible pet ownership and find new homes for abandoned animals.

In India, we are so painfully aware of the fact that every day is a Homeless Animal Day for many animals left roaming in the streets and struggling to exist. I have a dream to see the day where there are no homeless animals subjected to various forms of abuse. My fervent prayer today is for all of us to be the collective voice of our companion animals. Let us promise to work harder than ever before towards controlling overpopulation through aggressive and safe spay/neuter programmes and by strongly discouraging puppy mills. Hopefully then, the dream of eliminating stray, homeless and abandoned animals may no longer seem so elusive!

On the FIAPO front, Alokparna Sengupta who was our campaign coordinator for animal experimentation is moving on. We thank Alok for her application and tenacity and wish her the very best for the future. Those who are interested in a career with FIAPO may please check out

Mini Vasudevan – FIAPO Governor, Humane Animal Society, Coimbatore

India for Animals: Last day for registrations today! Have you booked to attend India for Animals 2012? Remember, the conference is not too expensive, especially if you travel by bus or train (which is more eco-friendly than flying. If money is really a problem for you, you may apply for a reduced rate, which will be based on need at a sliding scale.) If we don't meet in Goa, when can we meet each other? Let's take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to share, to enjoy, to come together in fellowship and to look ahead at the work we can do – together. Don’t miss this opportunity, and register today

Living Free…
Our pilot leafleting programme in Mumbai is now in its final stages, and we will have results to share soon. This is the first ever attempt in India to document the success (or failure) of leafleting as a means of outreach for living free from animal products.
We are now ready to roll out this programme of outreach for living free in various cities. Outreach is not limited to leafleting, and we want to speak to people in various cities interested in getting active for animals. What you want to do, in your city, is your choice. We can make resources and expertise available for you, so please get in touch with us at for more details. Our present focus is on these cities – Agra, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hampi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mysore, Ooty, Pondicherry, Udaipur, Varanasi. Get in touch!

Holy Cow…
Amit Writes: We are all set to increase pressure on those who are plotting exploitation of our dairy animals! We are in constant touch with the officials in various departments and stakeholders in the project, but we need the support of people in Hyderabad to stop this proposed mega cruelty to the cows in our country. I am writing this on my way to Hyderabad, to meet some of the local activists, and to help organise campaign actions. Do you know anyone who would like to be involved? Email me at  Please raise your voice against mega dairies in India. We have updated information and facts available about why IFFCO and other mega-dairies are bad news for everyone. Please read here

Knowledge Exchange:  We get lots of calls for connecting people up – and our aim is to always find local support, to link up people who want to get active to their local organisations, so animals can be helped everywhere. In the last couple of weeks, we've been helping folk in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. Make sure your organisation is also in touch with us, so if we get a call for help in your area, we can pass it on to you. Just email us your details on and we will add you on our list.

Ending Experimentation…
Alokparna writes:
We are all geared up for our seminar, run in collaboration with Humane Society International (HSI), at the prestigious Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad tomorrow, 1st September. Dr Rakesh Mishra from CCMB, along with Dr Joshi of CDFD, will share insights on tools to reduce the use of animals in science. We will upload photos and a report on our website soon after the seminar. 
In other news, we are also looking for an animal experimentation campaign coordinator. If you are looking to a career where you can make a difference to millions of animals trapped behind closed doors in thousands of laboratories, then this is just the platform for you to do that. Applications are accepted until 7th September. So hurry if you want to apply! You can check the job posting here

Fruits of Collaboration: Our Jaipur local federation once again came together to show their strength of unity –  this time planting trees at our member’s shelter, Help in Suffering. Members, supporters and friends all gathered last Sunday, and with more trees – there will be more food and shelter for our furred and feathered friends. Not to mention the shade that the trees will provide, offering some respite to the great staff at HIS as they go about their life-changing work in the 45 degrees Jaipur heat. After the hard work of planting trees, we all had a tour of the shelter – providing a home and care to stray, abandoned and injured dogs, cats, monkeys, horses, calves, pigs!  All that followed by chai and samosas, and good banter. Amazing and fun things happen when 10 groups in a city come together. See photos here

A supporter told us of a fantastic story in Bangalore – a police officer went out of his way to unite a lost dog and his guardian – who had been separated after the canine lost way after being scared by lightning. The compassionate officer not only took the dog in, fed and walked him, but armed with posters of the dog, the inspector was searching for the guardian at the same place where he was lost! It was a magical turn of events and the dog and his guardian were reunited! Thank you Inspector Badrinath, and we hope this would encourage many more people to be compassionate towards our animal friends.

We Care Srinagar: FIAPO has initiated its efforts to minimize the human-dog conflict that has taken an aggravated form in Srinagar through an English language daily – Kashmir Images. This week, We Care Srinagar features the thoughts of young practicing veterinarian, Shah Nawaz Khan. Dr. Khan says that he loves J&K because of the presence of so many species all around the hills, valleys and cities.  He knows of western cities, so commercialized that even birds can’t be seen flying in the sky. For a free animal, the world is a series of negotiations, which they manage by being flirtatious, not ferocious. Full article here

In focus: Angel Eyes
This week, we are profiling one of our most active members of the local federation in Jaipur – Angel Eyes. Based in Delhi, and with a branch in Jaipur, Angel Eyes has been leading Jaipur with their work in humane education. With an impressive programme of creating clubs in schools, they have tickled the imagination of hundreds of students who now are regular volunteers in all events. More about them here

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
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