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“Not a single creature on earth has more or less right to be here.”
― Anthony Douglas Williams
If one were to define the crux of animal rights, the above quote would be it. This marks a major difference between ‘Animal Welfare’ and ‘Animal Rights’. The seemingly semantic distinction, in reality goes further more into the position on morality regarding the treatment of animals. Animal welfare is the humane treatment of animals; while animal rights is understanding the fundamental rights of non-humans and their intrinsic value - to not be used, labeled, enslaved, branded and exploited. To end the exploitative nature of human-animal relationships, we proudly associate ourselves federating the ‘Animal Rights Movement of India’.
 
While the animal rights movement can be broadly categorised into ‘Animals farmed for Food and Clothing, ‘Companion Animals’, ‘Animals in Experimentation’ and ‘Animals in Captivity and Entertainment’, it is in no way limited by speciesism. It isn’t confined to raising our voice against the puppy flung from a building, rejoicing at the new dog breeding & pet shop rules, caring for the dogs and cows in distress on the streets, or even the gigantic task of getting ABC and ARV implemented. Animal rights activism is beyond and extended to also bring an end to every use of animals - the infamous dairy and slaughter industries, the experimentation labs, the confining zoos, the humiliating circuses. Backed up with logic and reason, the animals rights viewpoint goes on to understanding the vested interests of political and religious groups in the cattle market muddle, having the foresight to contemplate if the plans to build the supposed sanctuaries for cows are in fact, in the animals’ best interest. The animal rights movement of India exceeds the love for our favourite cat(s) & dog(s) in the locality, or the alleged worship of a certain bovine animal that is sweeping away attention - it also lends thought to the suffering of millions of other animals languishing in equally horrific conditions.
 
There’s no denying that the human-dog conflict, or the suffering of the birds and reptiles caught up in our modern cities, requires constant attention of the movement today. Fortunately, there are a large number of us who are working on rescue, rehabilitation, and care-giving, running helplines, and shelters, and hospitals and hospices.
 
But there is also a need to identify and urgently work on other issues that have been ignored for a long time. While we feed stray cattle, more and more cows are abandoned by the dairy industry to die (and we consume their milk); while we rescue street dogs, more and more bitches are kept in harrowing conditions for breeding; while we rescue birds caught in a manjha, a circus owner somewhere is cutting feathers off another bird.
 
Recognising rights for all can start with something as simple as adopting veganism – as an animal rights activist, to not cause suffering to one animal as we save another. It can also be broadened to work on the significant atrocities caused to animals in the field of dairy, slaughter, experimentation and the pet industries in India, and to be an active voice in the animal rights movement of the country-for all animals, unbiased!
 
 
 
Varda Mehrotra,
Director,
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations(FIAPO)
 

National News

Rules Banning Sale of Cattle for Slaughter in Open Markets to be Revised
 
The Union government’s decision to revise the controversial livestock market regulations that banned the sale of cattle for slaughter in open markets across the country is disappointing news, and we are hopeful that as reported by the media, buffaloes aren’t the ones who pay the price.Read More
 
Amidst the cattle market muddle, protestors are raising voice for the ‘choice of food’ and the potential loss of foreign exchange through meat exports and leather.​
More Reasons to Adopt a Vegan Lifestyle 
 
Adopting a vegan diet can reduce the risk of cardio-vascular diseases, a study conducted at a hospital in Delhi has found out. As compared to a low-fat diet, a diet that only excludes products high in fat content like butter and red meat, a vegan diet led reduction in lipids — a risk factor for heart diseases. Read More
 
Such increasing awareness of the benefits of vegan diet and the mistreatment of farmed animals has led to a welcome increase in vegan businesses. Read More
 
 
And if you are a fashion lover, there’s more good news with more people turning towards a ‘cruelty- free’ fashion lifestyle. Read More
FIAPO's Largest Veganism Awareness Drive Makes it to Limca Book of Records!
 
FIAPO’s Living Free has set a record for holding the largest awareness drive for animal rights in Indian history! Featured in the Limca Book of Record 2017, in just 8 short weeks, the team reached out to 1.33 lakh people in 12 cities! This vegan outreach would have saved 66,500 animals from ending up on people’s plates.
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​32 Species Vulnerable to Human-Animal Conflict; Study Calls for Inclusive Dialogue
 
A study conducted by two wildlife researchers indicates that 32 wildlife species are vulnerable to human-animal conflicts across the country. The study highlights the considerable loss sustained by families living in villages surrounding the forests owing to wild animals straying into human habitats. Read More 
 
Owing to this, a human-animal (wildlife) conflict mitigation awareness campaign was organised in a conference, by the Forest department of Nagaland for the public.​ 
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Man-animal conflict has claimed four more lives, this time in Coimbatore. Four people in Coimbatore died after being attacked by a wild elephant. Though the real reasons were not mentioned, it is majorly due to overpopulation and urbanisation because of which animals are losing their natural habitat. Read More           
 
A Step Towards Saving the Giant Elephants from Captivity
 
More than three quarters of nearly 3,000 elephants used for the entertainment of tourists in India and other Asian countries are kept in "severely cruel" conditions. Study has found that in India,116 elephants continue to endure abuse to entertain tourists at Ajmer Fort in Rajasthan. Elephants are also widely abused in Kerala in temples and for tourist attraction purposes, while the jumbos are exploited in national parks and sanctuaries for giving rides to tourists to view wildlife. Read More
 
Recently, an FIR was filed against Amber Fort’s elephant abusers for chasing an escaping elephant with iron equipment banned by the Rajasthan HC. Many such elephants are kept in captivity at this heritage site, and made to work against their will. Read More
 
Meanwhile, after 53 years of being chained at a temple, we are celebrating the rescue of 63-year-old elephant, Gajraj, who was rescued from decades of captivity and torture at a Hindu temple in Aundh.
 
And it gets better! As part of its long-term goal to secure elephant corridors across India and check man-animal conflicts, WTI along with the Karnataka Forest Department, has planned to purchase 38 acres near the forest of Mudahalli to widen the elephant corridor. Read More
               
 

Local News

Defying the Government Decision, Animal Trade is still on the Rise 
 
Police said a team on a routine vehicle check found the cattle — 19 buffaloes and 3 oxen — inside the container at Malumichampatti.Preliminary inquiry revealed that the animals were being taken to Wayanad in Kerala for trade purposes, banned by the government.  Read More
Meanwhile, GHMC in Hyderabad seized 55 kg of illegal camel meat recently, and prosecuted the owner of a beef shop for selling the camel meat. Read More
#RabiesFreeKerala and the Media Come Together for Comprehensive Dog-Bite Prevention
 
In a solution-finding media workshop organised by FIAPO in Trivandrum, eminent personalities discussed initiatives other than ABC that ought to be implemented simultaneously – such as education programmes on dog-bite prevention in schools, vaccination of street dogs against rabies, and counseling of dog-bite victims. Most importantly, there was emphasis on the responsibility of the media to cover both sides of the issue in an objective an unbiased manner, and to proactively be a part of the solution. Read More
Updates from Captive Reserves- Zoos!     
 
The Indore zoo had three more additions to its cold-blooded animal family as three reticulated pythons hatched, taking the existing number of pythons in the zoo to eight.  Read More
 
On the other hand, over 350 zoo inmates of a ‘specialised’ zoo located in Darjeeling, known for its conservation and breeding programmes of highly endangered animals, are facing the heat of the ongoing shutdown with food supplies fast drying up. Read More
Manipur to soon Ban Shotguns to check Poaching
 
 
 
The Manipur Cabinet will soon ban all licensed single and double barreled shotguns to check poaching. Individuals concerned for their safety should opt for handguns instead. This move was made in order to safeguard the endangered deers from being poached under the 40 square km area of the Keibul Lamjao national park.
 
Lacking Facilities for Dogs on the Streets
 
In Amritsar, many animal rights activists are holding their ground strong in their fight with the local MC after the latter reportedly carried out sterilisation of dogs in a ‘botched-up’ manner. The activists are filing RTIs, writing to authorities and requesting them to follow the legal way of carrying out Animal Birth Control. Read More
 
In Nagpur, the media has reported an incident of Nagpur Municipal Corporation issuing show cause notices to two organizations; holding them responsible for an alleged incident of a rabid dog attacking 8 puppies sheltered at the NMC’s temporary animal shelter in Bhandewadi.
 
And more animal cruelty in Delhi - the capital buzzed with angry residents of a colony in Anand Vihar protesting outside the house of a businessman after a street dog was found dead outside his gate. An FIR has been registered based on a complaint by more than 20 locals, the police said. Its sad to witness such cruelty, but equally inspiring to know that 20 people stood up for the dogs. Read More
 
Meanwhile, the MOEFCC’s attempt at regulating the dog breeding and aquarium industries has hit a roadblock in Tamil Nadu as the state is yet to constitute a State Animal Welfare Board (SAWB). Dog breeders and aquariums are opposing the rules, approaching the Madras High Court, asking for a stay on its implementation. Read More
 

Take Action

When you consume milk in any form, you’re buying into cruelty – male calves starved or slaughtered, repeated artificial impregnations, infant calves separated from their mothers at birth, short tethers and concrete floors. The dairy industry has systematically propagated lies to make you believe that milk comes from happy cows. You’re buying into propaganda – that cow’s milk is the perfect food. Milk is only a short term nutrient for new born calves, it’s not meant for humans. You’re buying into a tetra pack of white lies and cruelly neglected cows . Imagine a dairy on an industrial scale. There’s no space for meadows or green grass. There’s space only for machines. Fifty years ago a cow produced 2000 tonnes of milk, today it’s up to 50,000 tonnes. How? Why?
 
The truth is not quite as sweet as a strawberry milk shake…the dairy industry isn’t just milking cows, it’s milking you! #DontGetMilked
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CUPA provides rescue and relief to thousands of injured, ill and needy street animals in Bangalore, Karnataka. Animals that come hurt, sick or abandoned are given the care and treatment they need to recover and then be re-homed or rehabilitated. Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) is a non-profit, non-government organization setup in 1991 and has grown to become a network of 6 centres across the vast city of Bangalore.  To know more about them, click here
 
 

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We are looking for people who wish to be a part of the animal rights movement of India.
 
Current openings:
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  2. Campaign Coordinator – Corporate Outreach 
  3. Living Free – Campaign Coordinator 
  4. Campaign Coordinator – Movement Building 
To apply, send your resume here: jobs@fiapo.org
 
 

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For the second year running, the World Rabies Day Awards, brought to you by MSD Animal Health and GARC, are looking for outstanding individuals and organisations in the field of community rabies prevention. You can read the guidelines for nominations and nominate organisations or individuals here.
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