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Dear [%first_name | Default Value%],
 
India is a country that is made up of different cultures and people, and the best part about this diversity is that all the different religions and cultures have the freedom to represent themselves through their festivities. This makes India a country full of revelry. From Diwali to Christmas, there are multiple times when the whole country celebrates. Bakr Eid is one of the festivals that is celebrated in the country with a great deal of pomp and fervor.

However, even though the upcoming festival is one that is full of festivity and cheer, there is a dark shadow that looms behind the happiness and undercuts the joy of festivals, and it is the slaughter of goats on the festival. Hundreds of goats are sacrificed on Bakr Eid, and most of this happens without valid licenses or permissions.

As slaughter falls into the category of religious practice on the event of Bakr Eid, anyone telling groups to stop the slaughter is immediately believed to be a right wing supporter, or a religious zealot who is against the multiplicity of ethnicities that India proudly celebrates. With the nation riled up in Hindutva fervor, a lot of Muslims are not able to pursue religious and cultural practices. Unfortunately, the political climate is such that many minority groups are being persecuted by the majority because of their religion and belief. But even though there are a lot of religio-political idée fixes when it comes to Bakr Eid, it is critical that more people raise their voices against the slaughter of innumerable goats and sheep that takes place within the confines of this one religious holiday. Celebration is no excuse for murder.

However, this is not a blind attack on those who are only looking to celebrate the festival in the only way that they have known how to, ideas can be changed, and old traditions can be moulded to become better. Slaughtering in the name of ‘tradition’ is a horrible excuse for killing living beings, and Bakr Eid is no different. This is a criticism of all those who silently watch the country bleed without raising their voices à la neighbors who don’t raise their voices when they see goats being killed on residential premises, citizens who don’t raise their voices when they see illegal slaughtering, and all those who ignore the blatant breaking of laws by meat shops and slaughter houses. We should rely on ethics and philosophy to guide us through the familiar territory of anti-slaughter stances and political-religious confrontation—it is time that we make people understand that slaughter is wrong , by any group—majority or minority.

Through the years, there have been many activists who have raised their voices against the slaughter of goats around the time of Bakr Eid, and they have worked hard to disassociate animal rights activism from religious sentiment. However, even though many individual activists are working non-stop, FIAPO and our Stop Slaughter Cruelty Network allows for coordinated national action that helps train, harmonize and develop India's network that works to stop slaughter cruelty, mobilises local authorities, and ultimately, saves lives.

FIAPO's Stop Slaughter Cruelty Network of over 100 activists and NGOs are already working to stop the slaughter and the cruelty leading up to Bakar Eid. Active in Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Mangalore, and Vadodara, we are making sure that these cities are on red alert well before Bakr Eid. However, Bakr Eid is not the only time when slaughter happens, and we like to be prepared and vigilant throughout the year. Our activists are meeting local government departments such as the police, municipal corporations, and food safety departments to ensure swift and speedy redressal of complaints and any instance of illegal slaughter or animal cruelty this Bakr Eid, and all year round – because stopping slaughter has little to do with religion.

India is full of beautiful cultural practices and religious practices, and we should preserve the culture and integrity of this great nation, but not at the cost of animal lives. It’s time to stop animal sacrifices, and no matter the religious community, social sentiment, and personal beliefs, we must hold on to our integrity and not allow religion to come in the way of humanity and welfare, and ultimately the rights of animals.   
 
Best,
Varda Mehrotra, 
Executive Director, 
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
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We have collated a list of local and national organisations currently working in the state to provide relief to humans and animals. Share this with your friends and network in the state for any help. 
Also, we appreciate the efforts of organisations and individuals working on-ground in Kerala. Let humanity succeed!
Contacts for Flood Relief
Karma Foundation
 
Karma Foundation was established in January 2018 by Mr. Aditya Makharia to work in the field of animal welfare and environment protection. Currently their setup is in Aundh, Pune and they plan to expand to other tier three cities where there is minimal help for the voiceless.
 
The foundation currently works with street animal rescue and treatment, animal birth control, animal adoptions, and sensitising the youth. They have rescued and adopted more than 1100 dogs and 50 cats. They have also sterilized more than 300 cats and vaccinated over 500 animals against rabies. FIAPO is thrilled to have Karma Foundation on board as one of our esteemed members.
Know more about them!
Karma Foundation
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The biennial India for Animals (IFA) national conference is a one of its kind event that marks the celebration of animal rights in India. The conference provides a platform to hundreds of grassroots activists, practitioners and philanthropists from across the country. IFA helps people get together under a common banner to connect, build and learn from each other. This year, IFA will be held from 26th-28th October 2018, at The Leonia Resorts in Hyderabad. Register today to witness the future of animal rights in the country!
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Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
E-18A, East of Kailash,
New Delhi.