India for Animals 2012 registrations are now open. This year, the conference takes place from the 16th-18th November in Panjim, Goa. There are lots of new sessions in the programme, including an opportunity to win an investment for your animal protection project! For info on what's happening at this year's conference, registration details, award nominations, fellowship information, see http://fiapo.org/ifa12.php
Tomorrow, 28th April, we’ll be out observing World Week of Animals in Labs (21-29 April), raising awareness of cosmetics being tested on animals. We’ll be at Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi from 3pm-7pm. Armed with leaflets and petitions we’ll be spreading the message that cosmetics testing is not only cruel, but also ineffective – more than 60% of rabbit tests are false positive when tested on humans. Find out more about the true face of cosmetics testing in India at www.fiapo.org/cos.php and pop over to our stall tomorrow to show your support against this unscientific practice!
Two weeks ago, we were at Animals and Us with 20 other fantastic animal advocates. ‘Animals And Us’ was organised as a part of FIAPO’s ongoing work to train advocates and organisations alike in advocacy techniques along with a briefing on animal protection issues, and to additionally use these training events as a method of connecting up organisations and activists in cities For presentations, photos, feedback and an event report, see http://www.fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11850
Collaboration: The Jaipur Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (JFAPO) had its second meeting last week, and already this collaboration has resulted in two investigations (on dog breeding and botulism in Jaisalmer), successful resolution of two cruelty cases, participation in talks and rallies – and many more instances where members supported each other with advice, and practical help. At the last meeting, JFAPO adopted a set of guiding principles, you can view them here http://www.fiapo.org/fapo.php There are also a few photos, from the meeting, and the solidarity action in Jaipur for the ‘Rally for Animals’ that took place all over India this week. http://tinyurl.com/jfapophoto
Himani writes: FIAPO has something special for Bangloreans this weekend! Our fabulous Animal Experimentation Coordinator Alokparna managed to get Sous Chef Uday Nathan of Graze restaurant – Taj hotels in Bangalore to organize a vegan event at their restaurant. They will be hosting a vegan cooking demo and lunch over 2 Saturday’s, the 28th of April and 5th of May. For more info and to book, see http://www.fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11851
A few weeks ago, Khushboo visited a dairy farm, where buffalos where being given Oxytocin – illegally. Not only is this a serious welfare concern for cows, here's another report on how it causes the onset of early puberty in children. http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11838
The only way to ensure you are not consuming any Oxytocin, is to not consume dairy products. Find out more here http://fiapo.org/vego.php
A petition is doing the rounds – to get vegan meals on flights. See http://www.change.org/petitions/vegan-meals-on-flights
133 votes and counting: We are running an opinion poll on facebook, to know people’s opinion about milk against popular perceptions. Some people have have requested more information to understand what’s wrong with milk. What will be your response to – Do you think milk is vegetarian and good for health? Like us, and tell us today! https://www.facebook.com/pages/FIAPO/120832497945926
Speaking of facebook, we are also asking people to name the FIAPO bunny, who recently went to the Rally for Animals in Delhi to support the fantastic event, raising awareness of several animal protection issues. Photos are on facebook. Log on and participate https://www.facebook.com/pages/FIAPO/120832497945926
Khushboo writes: Recently, as a part of the National training programme I presented a talk on precision in dairy farming to veterinary professionals at the National Dairy Research institute (NDRI) . With support from a senior scientist at NDRI in building on the technical aspects, a 40 minute presentation was developed. Despite mixed reactions, it was fantastic to see some scientists in agreement with welfare concerns in animal husbandry practices related to housing, breeding, flooring, bedding, veterinary care, calf rearing. Clear strategies on contributing to enhancing welfare were also provided. The presentation is available here http://www.slideshare.net/FIAPO_India/animal-welfare-in-mega-dairies feedback welcome.
The dairy sector is organizing itself. Two significant plans were launched last week. One,is the National Dairy Plan (NDP) – the objective of which is to increase productivity of milch animals through a scientifically planned multi-state initiative. http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11846 There is also a report on the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), produced by the working group on Animal Husbandry & Dairying. This report presents performance of the livestock sector and its contributing factors including development programs and policies in the recent past. More here http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11844
Alokparna writes: Our annual report on animal experimentation is now published and available for download here http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11847 . Over the next year, we will be focusing on engaging scientists and also increased public outreach. With collective action, from our members and supporters, 2012 promises to be a better year for animals in laboratories.
This week, we were at the National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad for the 3rd National symposium of Laboratory Animal Science Association of India. Ms. Amala Akkineni, founder trustee of FIAPO and hugely popular in Hyderabad was the chief guest. She spoke of the need of the scientists to reduce and replace animals. Two of our trustees – Norma Alvares and Anjali Sharma guided the audience through the functioning of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) and the Animal Welfare Act. FIAPO also had a very special guest; Dr Balakrishna Murthy, from the Fredrick Institute of Plant Protection and Toxicology, who gave an inspirational speech to follow the path of 21st century science – a science without the use of animals. Additionally, we highlighted the promise of alternatives in the future, the investments and the results. As animal representatives, we hit the hardest at a place where it was really needed. http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11849
We have submitted our recommendations for the safety testing of pesticides and other plant protection chemicals to the Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee (CIB-RC) of the Ministry of Agriculture. We have urged them to act soon in adopting better and accurate non animal methods. More here http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11848
Last week, we were at a film shoot in Delhi, monitoring the use of animals in a movie – as an invigilator to assist AWBI to decide whether to grant permission for that scene to be aired in public. The Performing Animals (registration) Rules, 2001 govern the use of animals used for the purpose of entertainment to which the public are admitted through sale of tickets. This includes circuses, movies and TV shows. The person who wants to use animals has to seek permission from the AWBI which then issues a pre-shoot ‘no objection certificate’ with certain conditions on the use of animals. As a precautionary measure that animals are not abused while being used for entertainment, AWBI appoints an invigilator to supervise use of animal as per the permission. Once the permission has been granted (or denied), we’ll share more details.
Andhra Pradesh does it again!: After the infamous Kakinada dog poisoning and Hyderabad dog pounds incidence, this time Warangal district Municipal Corporation resorted to dog poisoning to control stray dog population. After receiving an alert on FIAPO’s google group, we shot off a strong letter to the Municipal Commissioner reiterating the orders issued by the municipal administration of AP which clearly prohibits the inhumane act of poisoning of dogs as the solution to reduce the number of strays. The Warangal Municipal Commissioner’s office has confirmed receipt of our letter and we are following up on the case.
In focus: RAKSHA
RAKSHA is a youth based organization, in Jaipur, established by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to work against cruelty towards animals, to improve the health and welfare of animals, to protect the environment and by so doing improve the livelihood of people. RAKSHA runs a snake helpline, organises an annual bird treatment camp, campaigns against caged birds, organises bird watching and nature treks and runs an impressive school education programme – reaching out to over 20000 students every year! RAKSHA is an active member of JFAPO, and serves as a facilitator for the group. Find out more about their fantastic work here http://raksha.org.in/
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. One simple thing you could do is to visit your local animal shelter and help there by volunteering.
See you again in a couple of weeks.
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations
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