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Dear [%first_name | Default Value%],
 
In the last month alone, hundreds of dogs were killed in Sitapur UP, the Bangalore Municipal Corporation made pet ownership even more irresponsible and difficult, dogs were poisoned in Nagpur, the Uttrakhand High Court passed orders to remove dogs from roads, and even some animal welfare agencies were found making dubious statements about street dogs. FIAPO has actively responded in at least 6 different states in the last month alone to control reactionary dog killing and conflict.

India’s longstanding answer towards addressing conflict between humans and canines has been a systematic, well-organised Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme. ABC has seen its fair share of success, with Jaipur, Chennai, Mumbai seeing a significant drop in dog population after regularised ABC. However, for most of the country, a systematic sterilisation programme has only existed on paper. And while ABC is a long term answer to the swelling numbers of street dogs, clearly more is needed to solve the problem of dog bites, which often leads to dog killing or displacement or general conflict.

And dog-bites are increasing. It is staggering that despite the 25 million dogs that people need to navigate in India, very few people actually know how to behave around a dog, much less how to read the signs of a dog protecting food or pups. With the increasing amounts of food available - whether through garbage, (illegal) meat shop waste or the food made available by well-wishing dog-feeders, dogs are increasingly protective of their territories - leading to greater aggression and danger of bites. Abandonment of pet dogs and irresponsible pet ownership additionally lead to more breeding on the streets and dog-bites - in fact, a majority of the dog-bites recorded in one district in Kerala, were actually from pet dogs and not street dogs!

Of course reducing the population of dogs through ABC, or making them free of rabies through ARV is important. But what is sorely needed is education and community engagement on understanding dogs and preventing dog-bites in the first place. Responsible garbage disposal and not feeding dogs has to go hand in hand, and every animal lover must take the responsibility of not just refraining from feeding dogs (unless they are injured/in distress) but also ensuring the local community and the dogs can co-exist through meaningful community engagement.

We need to change the way we think about working for protecting street dogs. The key is to keep the street dogs safe from humans, and the humans safe from the street dogs, by building communities that understand the tools of navigating around each other. ABC, ARV, dog-bite prevention education, post-bite counselling, controlling garbage, ending dog-feeding (except for sick or injured dogs), community engagement and responsible pet ownership - are all the tools that need to work together to achieve this end.

This multi-pronged idea has already seen some benefits in Kerala—one of the worst hit states for dog conflict. There is a reported 44.2% improvement in students’ knowledge about rabies, and a near 100% positive shift in student’ behavior towards street dogs after receiving education on dog-bite and rabies prevention. Counselling in hospitals has also proved to reduce negative sentiments amongst dog-bite patients that in turn prevents reactionary killing. FIAPO's work in community engagement for fostering positive relationships between people and dogs started in Varanasi 4 years ago before spreading to other parts of the country and has established hundreds of caring community caretakers and prevented adverse reactions to dog bites and conflict. Coupled with providing on-site first-aid, this has led to a remarkable improvement in the lives of dogs and the communities they belong in.

 
For better or worse, there’s no quick fix solution to the problem of human dog conflict. There is a lot to be done, and the first big step is creating a community that has the desire as well as the necessary skills to create an environment where humans and street dogs can co-exist in a symbiotic relationship. This takes time, training, and effort, but it gives the dogs we so dearly love a chance - for acceptance.
 
Best,
Varda Mehrotra, 
Director, 
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
Supreme Court Asks Uttar Pradesh for Report on Alleged Culling of Street Dogs
 
The Supreme Court will hear the plea filed against the culling of stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur district, following the deaths of several children in the area over the past few months. The response to these tragic deaths has been just as tragic — the rampant killing of street dogs. While the official figures are low, representatives from Sitapur quote the figure to be as high as 300 deaths. Local activists have filed for a petition seeking to stop killing of dogs. The plea claimed that the Indian Veterinary Research Institute’s report clearly stated that there is no evidence that dogs attacked the children. These attacks on street dogs showcase the unpreparedness of authorities to control the situation and a contingent need to take immediate measures of Animal Birth Control, ARV and education.
Vegan leather by Malai created from coconut water to reduce food waste
 
Two entrepreneurs have partnered to develop a new vegan leather-style product using the cell wall of coconut water and banana fibre that would otherwise be discarded — tackling the unsustainable leather industry and the global food waste issue all at once. Similar to conventional animal-derived leather, the “Malai” is flexible and durable – a bio composite material that is said to bear qualities that mimic leather or paper. This trend of ‘ethical fashion’ is on a rise, giving a hard time to the leather industry in the country and creating a better future for animals used in the industry. The efforts made by companies like ‘Malai’ is helping change the future for our fellow inhabitants on Earth. FIAPO appreciates these efforts and urges fellow vegans to motivate them by trying their products.
Asola Wildlife Park Turns into Dumping Ground for Animals Picked up from Across Delhi
 
Delhi’s only wildlife sanctuary, Asola Bhatti near Tughlaqabad, is no more a repository of the ridge’s natural fauna like jackals, hyenas and leopards. It has now become a sort of ‘penitentiary’ for monkeys, stray cows and goats – who are picked up from various parts of the city, including Delhi. The monkey population in Asola has grown to over 20,000 over the past 10 years. While people abandoning their cattle and goats on the streets is the major reason for relocating animals to a wildlife sanctuary, people feeding monkeys and cows due to religious reasons has also helped aggravating the monkey population in the area.    
Animals have a Right to Dignity and Liberty
 
The issue of personhood and rights of animals is at the centre of a growing global debate, with many countries like Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany and Spain have already recognisng or developing laws to establish animals as beings and not property. In India, while both laws and judicial pronouncements recognise that animals possess certain privileges, they lack the status of basic rights to a dignified life and liberty as provided by the Constitution. Now in an effort to bring a definite shift in the way our law views animals, FIAPO is working towards securing the status of legal ‘persons’ for animals in the country, starting with Asian elephants. Our first attempt is to free an injured elephant ‘Rajini’, who is being used to perform and beg on the streets of Indore.   
Rotten Meat Will Raise Awareness on the Risks involved in Animal Food: FIAPO
 
The Kolkata meat scam, where more than 20000 kilograms of rotten meat was sold to consumers, has raised serious questions on the quality of meat being consumed, and its implications on our health. This recent increase in carcass meat recovery, brings to light the unregulated face of India’s meat industry, leading  people to switch to animal friendly diets. 
I don’t want my children to believe that dogs carry umbrellas: Raveena Tandon
 
Committed to being a responsible parent and bringing up her children as good human beings of the society, actor Raveena Tandon has shared a video message expressing her concern about animals suffering in circuses, underscoring her support for their freedom by supporting FIAPO’s #EndCircusSuffering campaign. She has asked the Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Dr. Harshvardhan to ban the use of animals in circuses. See the video here. With a support of eminent personalities such as Dia Mirza, Raveena Tandon, Shashi Tharoor and more than 4000 individuals, we are sure to achieve success in rehabilitating animals from circuses in India. 
End Circus Suffering
 
Animals in circuses face horrific situations- they are beaten, muzzled, chained and starved until their spirits break, and they give in to perform unnatural tricks.
FIAPO’s #EndCircusSuffering is working with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, towards the introduction of a complete ban on animals in the country!
The campaign has gathered support from eminent personalities like Raveena Tandon, Diya Mirza, Shashi Tharoor and Prashant Bhushan to name a few.
We need your support to end this cruel practice of using animals for human entertainment once and for all. Ask the ministry to put a complete ban on circuses in the country.
Let’s #EndCircusSuffering together!
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The Satvik Vegan Society (Indian Vegan Society)
 
Based in a small town called Byndoor on the Western Ghats in Karnataka, The Satvik Vegan Society is a registered Public Charitable Trust with a focus on promoting a vegan lifestyle.
Founded by Mr Shankar Narayan in 2004, the society is based on the principle of Ahimsa (Non–violence). The original idea behind the inception of the society is to give an identity and voice to all vegans. They organised their first vegan festival in India in the year 2007, as part of a series of international fests held in Denmark.
Keeping the tradition alive, the 16th version of the Satvik Vegan Festival will be held in Sthitaprajna, Yeljit village on 4th and 5th of August 2018. FIAPO appreciates the efforts of The Satvik Vegan Society and is forever thrilled to have them as one of its members.
To know more about them, visit their website.
The Satvik Vegan Society
India For Animals Conference
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.