Dear Members and Friends,
Most of us take great solace in the honesty of animals. They’re hungry: they get on with the search for food. They’re tired: down ya go. Gotta wee: there’s a tree. And so on. But we ought not to pigeonhole animals as honest and humans as complicated liars. It’s not that way in my household. Honesty verily plops down on the couch. “I hate it when you clean my study,” says my husband simply, flatly, honestly. There are no ifs ands or buts. There’s no REASON offered. “You shouldn’t have thrown away that jar.” (It’s a plastic screw-top lidded jar that had face cream in it about 7 years ago, and then got cleaned out and he used to put coins in it and then that stopped.)
Our animals too, are full of convoluted motives, wiley double entendres and outright lies. When Charlie, an Orange Cat, decides to smack Mongey, a Brown Dog, in the face, he waits until she is eating, then pretends to be on the way into the kitchen for some other purpose, fixing his gaze on the door knob, and then he belts Mongey with his paw as he walks past, casually as if his mind had nothing to do with it.
And –I must be honest here—I praise him for it Because He Is A Cat. At the exact same moment not one but two truths pop into my head: “Poor Mongey!” and “Good boy, Charlie!” Perhaps I’m not completely honest though. I don’t say it loud enough for the other to hear.
A fortnight ago, we launched the Farm to Freedom website – India’s only dedicated online campaign site for farm animals. By popular demand, this week we have added some more resources to it! Posters that were much sought after at IFA, an infographic explaining the life cycle of farm animals at factory farms, insightful audio -visuals and much much more. Click here to download and see the posters!
As the Living Free campaign is gaining strength, scores of activists in 13 cities across the country are preparing right now to rise together and speak up for animals. The event, aptly called Living Free: Gandhigiri for Animals is being organised on the 2nd of October throughout India! The 2nd of October is also World Farm Animal day, so come and join us in your city, for farm animals, for non-violence, and for Gandhiji!
Fruits of Collaboration
It has been a great week for J-FAPO! As activists from the federation were continuing their actions engaging with the public to ask the Govt. of Rajasthan to protect camels, the excellent news that the official notification for the camel being declared a state animal has come through. Read more about it here. There is a celebratory mood, thank you J-FAPO.