My organization installed 8 close circuit TV cameras a couple months ago so that we could more easily see animals in various corners of our hospital, especially on night shift when there are only 2 staff on duty. Among the dramas these cameras have revealed to us include the valiant determination of spiders to build webs and catch insects in front of the warmth of the camera’s glow, or salamanders who embrace the warm lens with their portly bodies and human finger-like salamander claws. Hello there little ones, suddenly giant size. I see the hair on the spiders legs, the soft steady inhalations and exhalations of the salamander. If you’ve ever seen slow-motion film about grooming mice or hurrying birds or munching squirrels, you realize how like every other larger animal they are. We somehow have a terrible habit of dismissing what we can’t see clearly or understand well. The unblinking eyes of fish suggest to us that they lack emotion. The goat’s horizontal pupil confuses us about what she is thinking. But each creature is busy with an agenda all her own, and its full measure cannot be grasped by our weak species. We expect animals to understand our language and call them “less intelligent” and “more intelligent” depending on their interest in understanding and obeying us. But what of them do we understand? So little in the wake of our profoundly empty arrogance as a species. We humans have understand dominance and little more—until very recently. Let’s celebrate the emergence of the New Human Being, who knows it is not enough to be a poet and eat animals, or to be a musician and wear fur, or to be a dancer and dance on leather shoes. The New Human Beings are attempting to respect and protect all species, whether we understand their language, or not.Fruits of Collaboration
Meanwhile, the oldest local federation in the country - Jaipur FAPO, recently shut down a 40-year old illegal dog market in Pani Pechh, which was selling dogs without licenses, keeping them and many puppies under filthy conditions, without proper food and water. As a result of police intervention, puppies have been rescued and the illegal businesses shut down for now.
End Circus Suffering
Local organisations in Gujarat put in a coordinated effort with FIAPO to free animals from yet another circus. The organisations were finally able to pin down the circus which had been constantly shifting locations to mislead authorities, and were able to get the police to confiscate two camels, one horse and one emu from the circus. The organisations also made arrangements for the rehabilitation of the rescued animals where they will now lead a life recuperating from years of abuse in the hands of the circus. Read about our campaign here.
Moving forward after the enthusiastic dog work, Bhopal activists conducted their first leafleting activity. This activity was aided by one of the Chennai’s active volunteers. A true example of our keen and networking activists! In Jammu, our Living Free activist, Malvika Kalra makes it a point to reach out to thousands of readers through her weekly column in a newspaper. Most recently, she spoke about the myth of protein and how meat and eggs, is actually doing us more harm than good.
Our Pune activists once again soared the Living Free flag high on World Meatless Day, showing documentaries to a vast array of audience at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission’s celebrations. Read about our campaign here.
Farm to Freedom
As part of chicken shop campaign, activists of the Jaipur Federation held an awareness drive for local residents about the deplorable conditions of animals in meat shops and collected photo appeals asking the Municipal Corporation to regulate meat shops. The residents are going to continue to be vigilant, and ensure the well-being of the animals in there! They also agreed to report to the Municipal Corporation any illegal slaughter of large animals at these meat shops. Check out their photos here! A meeting with the Municipal Commissioner was held in this regard and two more complaints were filed against shops where large animals were being slaughtered.
This week, we helped the local activists approach the Municipal Corporation to obtain some space in some Gaushalas for the sick and injured bulls. Read more about our campaign here.