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Dear [%first_name | Default Value%],
 
In 2017, Kaziranga National Park in Assam claimed the lives of 361 animals in floods which swamped the Brahmaputra floodplains.  Apart from the animals in the National Park and the north eastern part of the country, thousands of domesticated and street animals also lost their lives, due to a lack in rescue and rehabilitation attempts for animals in the state, in the times of a crisis. While rescue for human lives was at full force, animal lovers across the nation felt helpless and lost as news of animals affected in the floods made it to the front page.

Very recently, Kerala witnessed a similar catastrophe, where floods drowned more than 10 of the 14 districts in the state. Fortunately, individuals, activists and organisations from all across the country came forward to protect both humans and animals from this devastation in Kerala. Heartwarming stories of animals being rescued from the flood hit areas only highlighted again the capacity of our society to come together to act in times of need.
 
Fishermen giving up their boats and rescuing humans and animals from the flood hit areas, activists working day and night to treat animals affected in the flood, organisations and corporates providing food and medicines for both humans and animals were just some of the efforts which helped us unite as a community to help protect ALL kind of life.

Organisations and people in Kerala rose to the challenge - playing a huge role in aligning the rescue operations, providing food and medicines for animals and setting up temporary shelters for their aid. And from outside the state, many organisations, sent people, medicine, food and supplies to the disaster-struck areas – FIAPO, Blue Cross of Chennai, Thane SPCA, CUPA, Avaaz, Humane Society International, Resquink, ResQ, and others whose on-ground teams’ helped rescue hundreds of animals in the flood affected state.

But in spite of whole-hearted attempts by individuals and organisations, not every animal could be saved. The damage caused by the floods was extensive, and the animals, who anyway find it difficult to fight for space and attention, were the worst affected. More than 50% bovines are assumed to have died in the flood due to the lack of food and inability to escape due to tethering. Backdoor breeders left their dogs caged while they ran to safety, causing many innocent animals to drown to their deaths. Over 483 human deaths were also reported from the state. It’s a huge tragedy, for animals and humans alike, and we mourn this sad loss of lives.

At this time of grief and fortitude, as the world came together to help, we were shocked to find people who attributed the Kerala floods to eating beef and killing dogs – ‘Keralities facing the wrath of God.’ Many tweeted saying that Kerala ‘deserved’ the floods because the state did not ban the consumption of beef and this has spurred the gods causing the devastating floods! Even though these comments are  being made by a minority, what is harder to believe is that these people have committed their lives towards the protection of animals.

We fail to understand how can anyone as a part of the animal rights movement, rooted in non-violence and compassion towards all species –advocate such violence? Such misleading attempts to corrupt a movement, which is built on the pillars of compassion and resilience, will only lead to its distortion. The need of the hour in such circumstances is to come together and emerge as a team to support each other in making a real and meaningful difference and helping restore stability to those who need our help the most. To build a just, non-violent and peaceful world, we must start with practicing these values from within the movement, and spread to the outside world.    
 
Best,
Varda Mehrotra, 
Executive Director, 
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
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New Delhi.