Chris Morris playing with doggie PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Saturday, 21 May 2016 21:11

I am a fan of cricket and a pretty hard core supporter of my IPL team Delhi Daredevils . There is a player on my team named Chris Morris who is a great player. Amazing batsman , bowler and brilliant fielder. Seems like that's not all , he is a great animal lover too. A cute dog walked on to the stadium , thought he would act as the 12th fielder however that's not allowed so Morris played and requested the dog to leave .

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2016 21:23
 
Disgusting dog eating festival in china PDF Print E-mail
Written by avaaz.org   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:43

Dear friends,

For the Yulin dog meat festival, some dogs are stolen from their owners and beaten or bled to death. Then they’re hung upside down from hooks, a slit cut from their anus and skin ripped off their bodies, and sold to be eaten.

The suffering must be unbearable -- new research shows that in terms of emotion, dogs' brains are much like ours, something dog owners and lovers understand well. When we see dogs for what they are -- living beings with thoughts and feelings -- the torture they endure at this 'festival' becomes unimaginable.

Already thousands of Chinese citizens have spoken out against the festival, but authorities won’t act until they see how badly it’s hurting China’s global image, which they’ve been working hard to improve. That’s where we come in. Let’s show the Chinese government that the world cares about this puppy slaughter and wants them to stop it immediately!

When our numbers are great enough, Avaaz will take out ads, work with influential celebrities, run the first independent national poll on dog-eating in China, and put this issue on front pages everywhere until Chinese authorities act. Add your name to the petition below with one-click and tell everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_puppy_slaughter_loc/?tUsPobb&signup=1&CLICKTRACK

To Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping, the Governor of Guangxi Province Mr. Chen Wu, and members of the Chinese Central government:
As citizens across the globe deeply disturbed by the abuse and consumption of dogs at the Yulin festival, we strongly urge you to ban it immediately. Millions of Chinese citizens support legislation to stop the dog meat industry, and we join their call to end this cruel trade.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_puppy_slaughter_ind/?tUsPobb

Thanks to brave Chinese activists, the festival gets smaller each year, and Yulin authorities eventually withdrew their sponsorship of the festival and even banned their employees from attending. Momentum is building. If millions of us raise our voices now, we can save thousands of pups from horrific torture.

The Yulin festival isn’t a centuries old tradition -- it was started in 2010! And many argue that it was created mainly to boost meat industry sales.

Time is running out -- the festival is in weeks. Sign the petition above with one-click on the link, then forward this to friends and family -- let's make this huge!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_puppy_slaughter_ind/?tUsPobb

Our community has campaigned against the most cruel bull festival in Spain, against the discarding and killing of male baby chicks in Germany, and against terrible conditions on farms in Spain and France. Now it's time to speak out for man's best friend, and get this puppy slaughter stopped for good.

With hope,

Rewan, Danny, Luis, Patricia, Jooyea, Mike, Ricken and the entire Avaaz team

More information:

Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2016: New pictures emerge of 'nightmare' conditions for animals involved in Chinese event (The Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/yulin-dog-meat-festival-2016-new-pictures-emerge-of-nightmare-conditions-for-animals-involved-in-a6973021.html#gallery

Chinese public urges government to crack down on dog meat industry (Channel NewsAsia)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-public-urges/2665086.html

This Year, China Needs to End Its Horrific Dog Meat Festival (Observer)
http://observer.com/2016/04/this-year-china-needs-to-end-its-horrific-dog-meat-festival/

Animal Rights Activists Target China Dog Meat Festival (VOA)
http://www.voanews.com/content/animal-rights-activists-target-china-dog-meat-festival/3283551.html

Why the Brains of Dogs and Humans are More Similar Than You Think (Gizmodo)
http://io9.gizmodo.com/why-the-brains-of-dogs-and-humans-are-more-similar-than-1527707674

 
20 Dogs Poisoned To Death By A Man In Mumbai PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:40

A man poisoned 20 dogs to death on the night of 6th May 2016 at the Mira Road locality. A CCTV footage was found from one of the buildings that shows a man feeding dogs at night. An FIR has been lodged at the Navghar police station by the residents of the locality.

People of the locality took initiative and conducted their own investigation with the help of an NGO and narrowed down the suspect list to a man named Shamlal Badal – a 60 year-old owner of a pig slaughterhouse. They also recorded a video where Badal allegedly confessed to killing of the dogs.

Shubhang G, a resident of Golden Nest, Phase 6 said, “When I reached the spot, I saw around six dogs who seemed to be seriously unwell. Their eyes were popping out and they collapsed one by one.”

He hurriedly took one of the dogs to a nearby vet clinic, but by the time the doctor came, the dog had died. He urged the residents of his building to check the CCTV footage and found an unidentified man with a gunny bag, feeding dogs the previous night.

The police has not been able to identify the accused. So, they sought assistance from Mr. Salim Charania, a local detective and president of NGO Pawa. He looked into the matter and checked the site, where he found the gunny bag which the unidentified man used to carry the poisonous food for the dogs. From his first observation, he suggested that the bag smelled like heavy pesticides and meat. The bag was handed over to the police for further testing.

Mr Charania added that Badal’s appearance matches with that of the man on CCTV footage but since the face on the footage was not clear, police couldn’t take any action against him. Therefore, in order to gather more evidence in the case, Mr Charania along with the residents accosted Badal, who then confessed to the crime.

“We have recorded a video of him admitting to poisoning the dogs. While he refuted the allegations in front of police, he later confessed to the crime in front of us and apologized for it,” said Mr Charania.

The video was handed over to the police on 9th May 2016. Residents await action over the 20 dogs poisoned to death. The police is yet to investigate over the evidence collected by the residents.

Source: Deccan Chronicle


UPDATE: 13 May 2016

Police confirmed that Shyamlal Badal is the same suspect which is seen in CCTV Footage given by Pawa India Team, Police arrived at Address of Shyamlal to arrest him, but he admitted himself in to a hospital to avoid arrest. Police have informed doctors to inform them before releasing him. He will be arrested as soon as doctor inform police about his release.


UPDATE: 16 May 2016

The accused Shamlal Badal was finally arrested and produced in court on Friday morning. He was granted bail with a fine of Rs. 1000, the same evening.

“He was in our custody till Friday. We produced him in court and he was granted bail with a fine of Rs1,000. Once we get the complete report, we will file a charge sheet.” said Investigation officer BS Dabade.

The remaining carcasses of the 15 dogs poisoned by the culprit were sent for autopsy. The results are awaited!

PAWA president Salim Charania said, “We are unhappy that he is out on bail. However, we know that we have strong evidence against him and hence are not worried about our case. We won’t let him get out of this so easily.”

 
DEVASTATING FOREST FIRES IN UTTARKHAND PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hiranmay Karlekar   
Friday, 06 May 2016 01:14

DEVASTATING FOREST FIRES IN UTTARKHAND

Thursday, 05 May 2016 | Hiranmay Karlekar

The builder and the timber mafia, which work closely with politicians, bureaucrats and villagers, are to be blamed for the increase in the number of forest fires

Finally, the Uttarakhand forest fires are reportedly close to being extinguished. At the time of writing, the Indian Air Force has deployed two MI-17, and one Dhruv ALH, helicopters, spraying water on the fires. Six thousand people are fighting the blazes. Army personnel and three teams of National Disaster Relief Force have been deployed. The Union Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, is keeping himself briefed. Home Ministry officials have been asked to monitor the situation on the ground, which is alarming. There have been more than 400 forest fires in the State in the last three months or so. Fires have been raging in Chamoli, Almora and Tehri Garwhal districts, and also in Pauri in Garwhal district. The whole of Pauri is enveloped in a thick smoke haze that restricts vision.

The devastation has been severe. Thousands of animals — deer, snakes, rodents--and birds have been killed. Eight humans have died and over 20 have been injured till the time of writing. Over 2,200 hectares of forests have been destroyed. Considering that Uttarakhand accounts for a significant part of India's total forest area, the consequences have a national, and not just State-level, impact.

The question is: Why have the fires been ignored for three months since these began, until the recent spurt of activity? Equally important, why no comprehensive plan to cope with these exists despite their being an annual phenomenon, albeit on a smaller scale? These questions need particularly to be asked as the fires, according to several environmentalists, are 100 per cent man-made, the culprits being minors in many cases. Even if this is considered an exaggeration, people start the overwhelming majority of these. In many cases, these are re-lit after fire fighters have extinguished these and moved away.

For years, villagers have been setting fire to their lands after harvesting in the belief that that this will make better grass grow after the rains. Over the past few years, however, there has been an increasingly steep rise in their incidence, leading to their emergence this year as a national calamity. Responsible for this is the activities of two groups of criminals — builder and the timber mafia — working in close cooperation with political leaders, bureaucrats and villagers.

A major development in Uttarakhand during the last decade-and-a-half has been the increasing sale of land by villagers and the consequent rise in their affluence and consumption levels. Not only individuals but builders as well have bought over huge tracts and built ugly apartment and cottage complexes that have destroyed the green cover over entire hill sides. There are restrictions on the felling of trees meant to prevent deforestation and rampant construction. But trees, killed by fires, can be legally cut and the land sold to builders. And, of course, the felled trees are sold to the flourishing timber mafia.

Both mafias and a section of villagers aligned with them have been flourishing under the benign gaze of politicians and conniving babus, which makes the task of preventing and controlling fires more difficult than these would otherwise have been. One answer could be banning the sale of land — and the dead trees on it — devastated by fire, and/or of construction on it. The second would be quick and full implementation of the pre-fire alert system, which, as the Union Minister for Environment and Forest, Prakash Javadekar, has said, is being established in the country. Third, Uttarakhand's forest department needs to be revamped and expanded and the corruption and inefficiency in it, contained. Finally, exemplary punishment should be given to those lighting fires.

All this is easier said than done. Inaction, however, will extract a frighteningly heavy price. It could mean the destruction of the eco-system of the whole of the Himalaya region, including the foothills and the Terai, as the fire spreads to other States. Parts of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir have already started to burn

 
SHAKTIMAAN AND MORAL UNIVERSE OF HUMANS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mr Hiranmay Karlekar   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 19:29

The fatal attack on the police horse reminds us to condemn all exploitation of animals. It is because humans often exclude animals from their moral universe that they're able to justify their enslavement or slaughter

One hopes that the efforts to bring the killers of Shaktimaan to justice will not peter out as the murder of this handsome police horse of Uttarakhand recedes further into the past. It was an utterly unprovoked and unpardonable act of culpable attempt to kill that needs to be punished according to the maximum provisions of law.

While the savage attack on Shaktimaan has justifiably raised a storm, the oppression and exploitation which horses and bullocks, as also other animals, suffer in India, also needs severe condemnation. One frequently sees in rural towns and villages, ill-fed horses, their ribs showing, being forced to carry, to merciless strokes of the whip, unconscionably heavy loads of people or goods or both. On one occasion, when this writer protested, he was told bluntly by the cart driver that it was his horse and he could do with it whatever he pleased. A policeman, whom this writer wanted to intervene saying that making a horse carry such a heavy load was illegal, said with a shrug, “Yeh hamara kam nahi hai (this is not my job)”

The policeman’s answer reflected the general attitude of law enforcers in India who are unaware of animal protection legislation and are utterly insensitive to the suffering of animals. This applies not just to India and Indian police personnel but the majority of people the world over. This has been both the cause and a result of the enslavement and abuse of animals, including their involvement in wars, throughout the ages, to say nothing of their consumption as food  all of which tend to be accepted as a part of the natural order of things.

Besides, one cannot justify the enslavement or slaughter of animals without excluding them from the moral universe humans have created for themselves as the Judeo-Christian religious tradition does  or rationalising their treatment on the grounds they had been created to serve humans, or they had no sensation of pain or suffering. René Descartes, the French positivist philosopher, regarded animals as automata, governed by the laws of physics and devoid of feeling and consciousness. Men, according to him, were different. They had souls residing in their pineal glands and, there, it came into contact with “vital spirits”.

The Vedantic and Puranic moral and spiritual tradition and its reflection in great epics, Ramayana and Mahabharat, included animals, along with humans and the gods, in the same moral universe. It emphasised the close links that existed between humans and animals and the need to impart equal justice to all. Unfortunately, as the ages unfolded, this tradition lost its grip on Hindus, the principal believers in the faith. Animals in India came to be treated with increasing savagery and  particularly horses and elephants  made an integral part of armies fighting wars. Thousands of them either suffered grievous injuries or were killed.

In Erich Maria Remarque’s seminal novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, which unfolds as a first person narrative by its principal protagonist, Paul Baumer, contains a graphic account of the agony of wounded horses during World War I. Baumer soliloquies, “I have never heard a horse scream and I can hardly believe it. There is a whole world of pain in that sound, creation itself under torture, a wild and horrifying agony. We go pale. Detering sits up, “Bastards! Bastards! For Christ’s sake, shoot them!”

He is a farmer and used to handling horses. It really gets to him. As if on purpose, the firing dies away almost completely. The screams of animals become much clearer. You can’t tell where it is coming from any more on the quiet, silver landscape, it is invisible, ghostly, it is everywhere, between the earth and the heavens, and it swells out immeasurably. Detering goes crazy and hoarse, crying. “Shoot them, for Christ’s sake, shoot them!”

“They’ve to get the wounded men out first,” says Kat.

“We stand up and try to see where they are. If we can actually see the animals, it would be easier to cope with. Meyer has some field glasses with him. We can make out a dark group of orderlies with stretchers, and then, some bigger things, black mounds that are moving. Those are the wounded horses. But not all of them. Some gallop off a little way, collapse, and then run on again. The belly of one of the horses has been ripped open and its guts are falling out. It getsits feet caught up in them and falls, but it gets to its feet again.”

This is only a part of the narration; the rest is more horrifying. Remarque winds up the episode by writing, “Detering walks about cursing, ‘What have they done to deserve that, that’s what I want to know’. And later on comes back to it again. His voice is agitated and he sounds as if he is making a speech when he says, ‘I tell you this; it is a most despicable thing to drag animals into a war.’”

Detering, a character in All Quiet on the Western Front, was absolutely right. Animals have no stake in human conflicts. Yet they are dragged into it because humans have enslaved them. Humans, however, have not escaped the consequences. Animal abuse has often become a model for human abuse. In Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust, Charles Patterson shows how the mass slaughter of animals by Chicago meat packers and the moving overhead trolley line they devised to dress beef, and Henry Ford’s assembly-line technique modelled after it, provided the organisational model for the mass murder of six million Jews during the holocaust.

Patterson has shown how the slavery of domesticated animals has served as a model for human enslavement and oppression, and how people, who are planned to be  or are  treated thus, are described as animals. The notorious Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, described as “animals” and “No longer human beings,” the Jews he saw during his visit to the Ledz Ghetto early in World War II. Patterson points out that Hitler described Jews as a spider that slowly sucked people’s blood, a band of rats that fought each other until they drew blood, and as “the eternal leech.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 May 2016 19:31
 
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