Scientists are investigating if living with a dog improves your microbiome PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:54

We can't wait to see the results. When you think about it, the idea that dogs are being our best friends in ways they aren't even aware of is pretty special. 

"We essentially want to find out, is a dog acting like yogurt in having a probiotic effect?" said Kelly.
Follow-up evaluations will take place after one, two and three months to look for any positive impacts on gut microflora in either the humans or the dogs. Researchers also will note any changes in the mental health and emotional well-being in both the humans and the animals. The team will try to figure out if the presence of a dog and the sharing of its microbiome actively encourages the growth of more positive micoorganisms in their owners’ guts so significantly that it could have a marked effect on their physical and mental heath.

The volunteers must be strictly 50 years or older, healthy, have not taken antibiotics in the past sixth months, or lived with a dog. This means they’re essentially starting from scratch, so any effects their new dog pals have over the three-month period should be easy to spot. The team chose to work with older participants because research has shown that, in people over 65, a poor microbiome could mean death, so it's important to figure out all the means available to ensure good microbiome health in this age group.

Kelly’s team are now looking for volunteers with dogs to be studied over a three-month period, during which time their gut bacteria, diet, physical activity levels, and immune function will be assessed. Each dog will have its physical activity levels and gut bacteria analysed at the same time. 
There is also epidemiological work showing that when young children and infants are in frequent contact with dogs, they have a reduced risk of developing immune disorders, such as asthma and various types of common allergies, which could also be linked to microbe-sharing.
The hypothesis is based on previous research that has found that dogs and their owners grow to share the same types of gut bacteria after living with each other for some time. Because a healthy population of micoorganisms is essential to physical and mental health, particularly in later life, the team wants to figure out if dogs are unwittingly helping their owners achieve this. 

"We've co-evolved with dogs over the millennia, but nobody really understands what it is about this dog-human relationship that makes us feel good about being around dogs," lead researcher and anthropologist Kim Kelly, from the University of Arizona, said in a press release. "The question is: Has the relationship between dogs and humans gotten under the skin? And we believe it has."
Scientists in the US are recruiting volunteers to help them investigate the health benefits of living with a dog - specifically, are the microorganisms they share with you having a positive effect on your mental and physical health?

Animal Lover beaten up for helping dogs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:48

This is to inform you and others on this mailing list that Ayesha Christina (some of you have met her) was brutally assaulted in a place called Signature colony in Mukerjee Nagar when she went to pick up dogs for sterilisation. She has been given the Prahaladpur hospital for sterilisations by the MCD and is doing her utmost. On Saturday night when she presented her credentials to the President RWA he found fault with the letter, her identity, refused to listen to Dr. Dinesh Sharma who told him not to interfere, incited a mob to surround and attack her. Eventually she called the police. The police stood around filming the attack and even advised the group to step back and get the women to attack her instead. So they stepped back while the women clawed her, beat her and pushed her to the ground, stood on her, threw away her shoes, attempted to remove her tee shirt, the men were busy videotaping all this.
Gauri Maulekhi rushed to the spot as did some of us from South Delhi. We were shocked to see the SHO engaged in pleasantries with some of the mobsters outside the gate of his police station, apart from sharing their peanuts and cold drinks.
The ACP arrived and took stock of the situation. Seems he had never heard of the ABC program, or pretended not to have heard of it.
Eventually an FIR was lodged against them under various sections, weak ones, and there is an FIR against her for defending herself. This needs to be redressed immediately.


Hello everyone. I uploaded a post on fb yesterday. I do not know how many of your are my friends on the site, but this is what I said and say to all of you :
Absolutely overwhelmed by the love and support that has poured in since Saturday. Bruised and battered while I may be, my spirit is not lost, my strength is not compromised and my heart is in the right place thanks to every one of you. Let's get 'em!

I will write soon about what we are going to do.

Lots of love !

I'm okay and back to work. what better way to defeat them!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 18:17
Supreme Court to the rescue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 14:39

above link is the HINDU news page

Supreme court has come to the rescue of our buddy four legged animals. Thank God for their wisdom :D . If it was upto Bombay High Court they would wipe the planet of all animals.

Noting that “a faithful dog is a faithful friend,” the Supreme Court on Monday decided to stand up for man’s oldest companion by questioning the authority of municipal bodies to pick dogs off the streets and kill them merely because they are a “nuisance” to the public.

A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C. Pant was hearing a petition filed by People for Elimination of Stray Animals, which had sought killing of stray dogs. The Bench agreed that at the crux of the problem was the contradiction in animal welfare laws on what constitutes “nuisance.”

Under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, if the civic bodies receive a complaint that a dog has become a source of nuisance to the public, they can “seize” the so-called offending canine, drag it to the local pound and put it to sleep.

On the contrary, the Animal Birth Control Rules formulated under the Central law — Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 — does not allow this. The law only permits extermination of rabid, terminally ill or mortally wounded dogs, not “nuisance-causing dogs.”

Appearing for the Animal Welfare Board, senior lawyer Anand Grover submitted that “nuisance” was a subjective term. “The municipality cannot just seize these dogs and put them to sleep. They can be sterilised,” Mr. Grover said.

He pointed out that the Supreme Court, in its 2014 decision banning jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, had observed that animals, even stray dogs, are entitled to dignity.

Senior lawyer T.R. Andhyarujina said the court should decide on whether there was “any discretion given to municipal authorities to put a dog to sleep.”

“We feel there is no such discretion given. You cannot put a dog to sleep unless it has rabies or is terminally ill,” Mr. Andhyarujina submitted.

Posting the case for a detailed hearing on March 25, Justice Misra remarked how some people were naturally inclined to dislike dogs — a condition which he termed “dog phobia” — and could easily brand it as a nuisance.

Written by Hiranmay Karlekar   
Saturday, 31 January 2015 18:13

Give the stray dogs a bad name, and then hype up the hysteria that already prevails against them. This gives a boost to the demand for their mass killing

In a recent advertisement, a commercial undertaking, which provides free online classified advertisements in India for used goods, shows a man lying injured following an accident caused by dogs chasing his bike. The advertisement is deplorable because it would only serve to further hype up the hysteria that prevails against stray dogs, which in turn, can give a boost for the demand for their mass killing, which will be against the spirit of the Constitution, the law of the land besides being totally counterproductive in terms of reducing the population of street dogs.

Article 51A(g) of the Constitution lists one of the fundamental duties of citizens as protecting and improving “the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life and to have compassion for living beings.” Are stray dogs not living beings? If so, do they not merit compassion? One may argue that, though they are living creatures, they chase bikes and cause accidents. But how many accidents are caused by stray dogs chasing bikes and how many by rash and negligent driving by humans? The latter overwhelmingly outnumber the former. Then why did the advertisement attribute the accident to dogs and not speeding by a spoilt brat high on drugs or liquor? Or a bus driver  racing another bus, or a truck driver with a fake driving license?

Had the persons preparing and/or approving the advertisement shared the prejudice many harbor against stray dogs and,  therefore, automatically thought of the latter when working on it? Or did they hate the canines so much that they saw in the advertisement an opportunity to vent their hatred? The fact remains that their product will reinforce the hands of those who want an immediate and mass killing of stray dogs. This, in turn, will undermine the efforts by the Animal Welfare Board of India, and non-governmental organizations committed to animal welfare, to reduce the number of stray dogs by implementing the provisions of the Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules. Promulgated in December 2001, the Rules are the law of the land.

Killing stray dogs will be not only in violation of the law but totally counter-productive. As pointed out in theGuidelines for Dog Population Management jointly announced by the World Health Organization and the World Society for the Protection of Animals in May 1990, “Removal or killing of dogs should never be considered as the most effective way of dealing with the problem of surplus dogs in the community; it has no effect on the root cause of the problem, which is over-population of dogs.” In its Technical Report Series 931, WHO's Expert Consultation on Rabies pointed out in 2004, “Since the1960s, ABC programme coupled with rabies vaccination have been advocated as a method to control urban street male and female populations and ultimately human rabies in Asia.”

Under the ABC programme, dogs are picked up from an area, sterilized and vaccinated against rabies and returned to the same area. Being territorial, they keep unsterilized and unvaccinated dogs out of their areas and the authorities can concentrate on sterilizing and vaccinating in new areas until all stray dogs of a city or district are covered. On the hand, killing all dogs in an area would enable unsterilized and unvaccinated dogs from other areas to come in and the authorities will have to come back again and again to the same area to kill the new arrivals. This is precisely why, until the promulgation of ABC Rules, the number of stray dogs continued to increase in India despite, in some cases, nearly 140 years of relentless mass murder!

The Advertising Standards Council of India should consider the issue and send out a general circular against featuring advertisements projecting animals in a manner that is liable to intensify hatred toward them.

Rescued puppy overjoyed to reunite with his mother PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anando Das Gupta   
Monday, 26 January 2015 21:33

Animal india Aid Udaipur rescued a pup from a well. Lovely video must see.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 21:41
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