In the Indian law, the animals are seen as property - no different than a table or a chair or a car. The law gives no recognition to the animal’s inherent value and any animal protection offered in the legal system caters to human interest instead of the animals independent interests.

Now in an effort to bring a definite shift in the way our law views animals, FIAPO is working on personhood for animals. After months of research and consultations with campaigners and lawyers in India and internationally, FIAPO created a case for personhood for animals, giving insight into why we need to depart from the status quo and classify animals with legal personhood.


The immediate objective is to secure the status of legal “persons” for the Asian Elephant (Elephas Maximus), and we are demanding that the practice of making elephants beg in Punjab and Gujarat is put to an immediate end on grounds of their dignity and intrinsic value. Read our submission to the states here and here.

Join India’s landmark campaign for Personhood of non-human animals by signing the declaration here.


FIAPO’s fight for the rights of animals dates back to May 2013, when we achieved a historic victory for all cetaceans (particularly dolphins) in India. In a landmark order, The Government of India recognised that dolphins should be seen as non-human persons with their own specific rights, that it is morally unacceptable to keep them in captivity for entertainment purposes. For more information, visit Ending Dolphinaria.

FIAPO was joined by hundereds of activists from over 20 cities demanding rights for animals. The campaign gathered momentum with thousands of people standing up for Justice for Animals and popularising the hashtag #JusticeForAnimals.

Our Supporters

Peter Singer

Author of Animal Liberation

Suparna Ganguly

Leading Voice for Elephants in India

Dr. Chinny Krishna

Former Vice Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India

Anjali Gopalan

India’s foremost champion of LGBT rights, Naz Foundation

Surendra Varma

Leading Elephant Ecologist

Dr. A.J.T. Johnsingh

Veteran conservationist, author and Padma Shri awardee

Paola Cavalieri

Philosopher, co-author and co-founder of the Great Ape Project.

Dr. Nanditha Krishna

writer, historian, environmentalist and author of "Sacred Animals of India"

Christine Townend

Author of Walking With Elephants

Kuntal Joisher

World's first Vegan to Climb Mt. Everest

Blue Cross of India

India's leading animal welfare organisation

Sign The Declaration on Rights and Dignity of Animals

I agree that all animals have inherent value and deserve to be treated with dignity. They should not be commodified and their rights should be protected by law.

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