Fortnightly Commentary No 78: March 13th, 2015, 7362 people

Dear Friends & Members,

“Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals — have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and ‘animals’ is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them — without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behaviour of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.”
– Carl Sagan

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Fruits of Collaboration

Our network of activists in cities has expanded to include Manipal, the educational hub of the south. Activists in Coimbatore and Chennai have prepared presentations to address FAQs of people who about the benefits of a plant based diet. Meanwhile, national organisations engaged in performing animal regulation have collectively formed a list of possible facilities for rehabilitation of elephants.
Pune’s activists continue to lead and took a huge leap by fundraising for their local activities and achieving marvelous outcomes – with a “Jewellery For Animals” stall in Symbiosis College, they raised nearly Rs 7000 that will help pay for their excellent grassroots outreach! Meanwhile, Raipur’s team is also getting increasingly adept at community outreach – reaching out to a phenomenal 800 people in 4 hours!

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Dog Tales

Amidst the Holi celebrations, the pace of Varanasi’s regular activities was seen to take a back seat. However, the colors of the festival couldn’t outshine the spirit of our activists helping street animals. For instance, a bull calf was rescued after being run over by a drunken car driver. Similarly, a puppy was helped when he sustained a serious leg injury by a motorbike. Those who saved these street dwellers also spoke for these animals and warned those who caused such injuries out of sheer carelessness and insensitivity. When people come forward, act and speak up for animals like this, it proves that the movement is building up.

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Living Free

Heard of Meatout? If not, then it’s time you do! Every year on 20th March people across the world pledge to go vegan for this one day and take a step closer to being compassionate individuals. Living Free along with FARM is bringing this campaign- MEATOUT: Eat Vegan for a Day, to India. Our Living Free leaders are all out, collecting pledges for this day in their cities. If you want to be a part of this event in your city, write to us at: priyanka@fiapo.org
Over the past two weeks, living free has impacted 1574 people by organising 6 events in 4 cities across India. If you wish to start Living Free in your city, write to us at: priyanka@fiapo.org

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Farm to Freedom

After rigorous trainings and efforts, our local activists in Jaipur filed the very first complaint of illegal slaughter happening in a meat shop. The municipal corporation’s response to this complaint is much awaited. Their action will set the framework that is promised. Meanwhile, JFAPO got going on its outreach program which was decided to be held every Sunday where about 70 students were given a presentation on the simple steps to animal protection. Also, the first Sunday of March saw around 100 students being shown a documentary about leather and cow slaughter.

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Be a part of “MEATOUT: Eat Vegan for a Day” campaign! Write to us at: priyanka@fiapo.org to conduct it in your city

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From injury to cure: Kaalu was saved by locals who took the initiative to convey Kaalu’s situation to
our activists in Varanasi! Our efforts are paying off!

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Infocus- Rehai

Malvika Kalra from Jammu says,
“I see something wrong in an overfed chicken and an underfed child. And I want privileged people to know the connection”.
Read about Rehai’s work here.

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Send your write-ups, appear in the newspaper!

Thanks to Aashray, member of JFAPO, animal protection groups will now have the chance to get published in a local newspaper (Jaipur) twice every month! Thanks to the network of the local federation, all Jaipur animal protection organisations will benefit from this! Congratulations Jaipur!

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Law ministry’s’ opinion seeked on cow slaughter bill for other states

The Prime Minister’s Office has sought Law Ministry’s opinion on whether the Centre could circulate the laws on cow slaughter as enacted by some states, including Gujarat, as model bill among other states for their consideration for similar legislations there. A letter, sent recently, asked the Law Ministry to “examine and advice” whether the Acts enacted by few states can be circulated as model bill to other states so that they can “exercise their choice of consideration to introduce similar enactments”.
Read more here.

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Seafood Park in Khurda, Odisha gets approval by the Centre

The Centre has approved a state government proposal to set up a seafood park at Derasa in Khurda district. Seafood will be processed and packaged with the help of modern technology for export at the park, which will come up under the Mega Food Park Scheme (MFPS) of the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI). Though initially the Rs 116.43-crore project was planned over 100 acre, which is already in Idco’s possession, it intends to add 50 acre to the project. The land is available near the site. Idco plans to acquire another three acre for development of four-lane approach road to the food park.
Read more here.

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Checks on Goshalas to be done by AWBI

Madras High Court today directed the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to conduct random checks in the ‘goshalas’ run by temples and mutts in Tamil Nadu to shelter cows donated by devotees. The court had issued the charter for goshalas to follow for managing the donated cows, which are sheltered there once they pass the milk-yielding phase.As part of the guidelines, framed in the backdrop of outrage over temples selling cows to butchers, the court had banned sale of cows donated by the devotees and directed the temples to maintain details of the donors. Animals should be subjected to periodical medical check-up and cow sheds should be clean and hygienic. Read more here.

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Windmills posing a threat to Great Indian Bustard

The number of Great Indian Bustard, the State Bird of Rajasthan, is down to less than 50 according to the last official census conducted in 2014. The world population of GIB is said to be 150 with India. While changing lifestyle in the desert, and unregulated human activities have endangered the species, thousands of windmills around the park are posing a serious threat which has been categorised as “critically endangered”. Nishant of TWSI said, “I am not thoroughly against this conventional form of energy, but one should always be aware ‘Whats on Stake?’ There have been frequent reporting of GIB’s been hit by Windmills and I feel if even a single bird is lost due to this human introduced nuisance, it will put the survival of this specie on stake”.  Read more here.

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Network.Advocate.Love

Erika Abrams

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