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Slavery began roughly 11,000 years ago and was a result of a specific sociological makeup created by society. Throughout the middle ages, slaves from all across the world were transported, used in wars, as house helps, for entertainment, fights, labor, and more- without their will. Slaves were forced, beaten and tortured to work for their masters, till they could not anymore; then discarded to die. This barbaric practice only grew with the construction of a more civilized society. Starting from debt and family, it soon grew to child trafficking and prostitution.
Replace humans with animals, and the above holds for speciesism too.  Animals are considered to be mere commodities; used, abused and tortured for human needs and entertainment. Slavery and speciesism are separated by several hundred years, and by no means can we equate the two, but themes of oppression run common.
Recently held Jallikattu events for example, are barbaric activities which involves aggravating a bull and releasing him into an arena of people, who then attempt to tame the animal. It often involves inherently cruel practices such as inebriating the bull and dragging them to the ground. Similarly, buffaloes are made to race in the name of tradition in Kambala and horses raced and bid on to prove human superiority. Circuses are another example of utmost brutality to animals. Elephants, horses, dogs, parrots and other exotic animals are tormented to perform unusual tricks for human entertainment.  
Chickens are bred and kept in battery cages- the size of an A4 sheet, transported in filthy conditions, hanged upside down and crammed against one another, on their way to be slaughtered for food. Sheep and goats are transported in conditions of utmost cruelty for slaughter. Pigs are bred in factory farms, tortured, separated from their babies and finally slaughtered for their meat. Cows are kept tied their entire life, artificially impregnated every year, separated from their younglings, tortured, milked and finally sold for slaughter or abandoned.
The list goes on.
Just as understanding slavery (and other forms of exploitation) gives us an insight into oppression of animals, the anti-slavery movement has a lot to offer as learnings for the growing animal protection movement. The Sentience Institute has researched and published a critical comparison of the two and made some strategic recommendations – well worth the read, and here’s a summary of the key findings
In India, the animal protection movement is catching pace every day, with several organisations and their network of thousands of volunteers and activists fighting for the rights and welfare of animals across the country. In the  months of January and February we have seen activism for banning the use of animals in circuses, responding to the cruel events of Jallikattu and other animal races in south India, efforts to formulate new rules for egg laying hens and battery cages, and a lot of effort into cow related issues with various state governments.
Just like the abolishment of slavery took centuries before eradication, with some key wins along the way, FIAPO, with partners, has till date helped recognise dolphins as nonhuman persons, bringing about the ban of dolphinariums to be set up in India; fought the cruel practice of Jallikattu; mobilized hundreds of activists to stop roadside slaughter and end human-dog conflict in communities; and worked to end the suffering of animals used for entertainment in circuses. A change in mindset is all that is required to create a change in the society. With changing times, the animal protection movement is trying to change the way animals are viewed.  We might not live to see the day when all animals may be free from shackles of human prisons, but we surely are proud to have brought about this change for animals and our relationship with them.
 
Best,
Varda Mehrotra, 
Executive Director, 
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
Like humans, animals too have a right to migrate
 
Twenty seven years after a tiger was last sighted in the Dang district of Gujarat, a big cat (5-7 years old) was spotted in the state’s Mahisagar district on February 12. With this sighting, Gujarat now has the unique distinction of being home to both Asiatic Lions as well as a Bengal Tiger, which is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List since 2008. It is interesting to note how the animal survived any human conflict along his way, as the tiger has supposedly migrated from the forest areas of Madhya Pradesh, as officials claim (Read More). On the other hand, one of India’s first tiger habitats, declared a protected forest reserve in 1973 when Project Tiger was launched, may have lost all its tigers, according to two crucial scientific methods to track big cats in the wild. Once officially confirmed, this will make PTR the third reserve in the country — after Sariska in Rajasthan and Panna in Madhya Pradesh — from where tigers vanished, even though the national population of tigers has risen from 1,114 in 2006 to 2,226 in 2014 (Read More).
FIAPO Speaks on the Behalf of Animals across the Country.
 
With the onset of several cases requiring the support of an animal rights organisation, FIAPO has come forward to work with the government to take action on cases related to animal cruelty. Some of such cases are mentioned below-
FIAPO has asked the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Vijay Rupani to immediately discontinue the exercise of relocating hundreds of crocodiles from Pond 3 and 4 of the Narmada Dam in Kevadia colony to clear path for the seaplane terminal connecting the Statue of Unity. Read More
After the tragic incident of ruthless killing of 16 puppies in a nursing home in Kolkata, FIAPO has written to the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, urging expulsion of the two nursing students and three others of the state-run Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College, who are responsible for their death. Read More
After getting intimation on the use of big animals (Elephants and Camels) in Bengaluru based Great Prabhat Circus, FIAPO has raised a complaint to the Animal Welfare Board of India highlighting the cruelty, requesting them to take strict action against the circus authorities. Read More 
Bloodsport or celebration, has Jallikattu lost its charm?
 
The Supreme Court banned Jallikattu in 2014, upholding concerns raised by activists who said the Jallikattu amounted to cruelty to animal besides posing a threat to humans. Between 2010 and 2014, an estimated 17 people were killed and 1,000-odd were injured during Jallikatu events. An investigation by the Animal Welfare Board of India concluded that “Jallikattu is inherently cruel to animals. FIAPO, along with other petitioners, are continuously fighting to put a complete ban on this barbaric activity Read More.
Silver screen stars set stage for FIAPO’s 21 day compassion challenge to promote veganism.
 
Veganism is no longer a fringe movement – it’s getting more mainstream and being endorsed by more people each day. After politicians, actors and musicians adopting the lifestyle and spreading the message, social media influencers are joining in and asking their followers to try it out. Splitsvilla and Roadies contestant Rohan Hingorani has partnered with FIAPO to promote veganism through the 21 Day Compassion Challenge, an initiative by FIAPO that encourages people to try a vegan diet for 3 weeks.  Read More
Wild elephants kill more than 1,700 Indians in four years
 
Encounters with wild elephants have been responsible for more than 1,700 deaths in India over the last four years, prompting the government to step up measures to minimize potential clashes with humans. The environment ministry figures also showed 373 elephants have been killed since 2015 as a result of electrocution, poaching, poisoning and being hit by trains as they wander from their natural habitat into areas inhabited by humans. This man-animal conflict is mostly caused due to humans inhabiting areas very close to the natural habitat of animals. The only plausible solution to reduce human-animal conflicts across the country is education and counseling of villagers on their behaviour towards animals in the wild. Read More
Punjab Bill backs bullock cart race
 
The Punjab Cabinet has approved an amendment to the “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Punjab Amendment) Act” to enable resumption of bullock cart races at the Kila Raipur Rural Sports held in Ludhiana every year. The amendment Bill will be tabled in the ongoing Budget session of the Assembly. FIAPO, who is also fighting to ban the cruel practice of Jallikattu in court, has firmly asked the Chief Minister of Punjab to take back this amendment owing to the tortures the animals go through. Read More
Volunteer for Living Free
 
 
Want to help us in saving the animals? Be a part of India’s largest vegan advocacy programme – ‘Living Free’. Volunteer with this campaign that aims to end the use of animals in food and clothing by reaching out to people with a variety of outreach methods and helps them shift to a lifestyle which cause the least harm possible. Currently, grassroots activists across 77 cities in the country are a part of our network, and we would love to see it grow!
 
Write to us at livingfree@fiapo.org
Corporate Collaborations
 
FIAPO has collaborated with Plant Veda (Nutriva) and Vgungho, to make cruelty-free products available and accessible to consumers. In an effort to create a help people live a more compassionate life, FIAPO works with companies and start-ups to reach out to animal lovers and other stake holders.
 
Plant Veda (Nutriva) brings the goodness of nature to consumers, through its exclusive range of plant-based milks and milk products. In the wake of harsh realities like, environmental crisis and cruelty to farm animals, Plant Veda is helping people move closer to plant-based lifestyle, with products like almond milk (which is 50% richer in nutrients compared to cow’s milk), peanut buttermilk, protein cookies, barista almond milk (for the perfect cuppa coffee and tea) and protein nut-milk. Each product offered by Plant Veda is nourished by nature, making it naturally cholesterol free, lactose free, cruelty free, and of course healthy.
While Plant Veda offers vegan products to customers, Vgungho is an online platform bringing veganism to the mainstream by offering a wide range of vegan products online. With special discounts and exciting products listed online, Vgungho is a start-up which aims to be a one-stop place for vegans and conscious businesses to come together and create a positive impact on animal lives and human health.
 
 
 
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
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New Delhi.