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1 Scientists are investigating if living with a dog improves your microbiome
Updated: 25 Mar 2015

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?

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2 Animal Lover beaten up for helping dogs
Updated: 25 Mar 2015

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!


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3 Supreme Court to the rescue
Updated: 03 Feb 2015

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.

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Updated: 31 Jan 2015

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.

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5 Rescued puppy overjoyed to reunite with his mother
Updated: 26 Jan 2015

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

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6 NCR region animal NGOs meet AWBI Chairperson at JNU?
Updated: 26 Jan 2015

Dear All
Yesterday many NCR based animal NGOs involved in the ABC/ Rescue/Rehabilitation/medical assistance held a meeting at JNU lawns. It was very kind of Gen. Kharb, Chairperson Animal Welfare Board of India to have consented to attend it and give a hearing to the problems troubling animal lovers and obstructing the functioning of ABC. Important outcomes of this relaxed and positive lunchtime meeting are given below for everyone's information;
1. ABC is being resumed from 1st Gurgaon and MCG's MoU with Frendicoes is finally being extended but at the old rate of Rs.550/-Gen. Kharb assured that this would get increased to Rs.750 within two months or so hopefully.Frendicoes would operate with an outside international organization and there would be no release on the same day after surgery. This assurance came as a big relief for everyone.
2. Dog feeders are protected by law as per the Delhi High Court Notification and Feb.20, 2014 AWBI Guidelines which laid down that 'prohibiting dog feeding tantamount to criminal intimidation'.
3. Animal lovers should consolidate the movement and should not individualize or personalize this movement,they should work at a policy level as much as the ground level since coming times may not be very favourable for stray animals.
4. The ABC Case and hearing on the Bombay High Court judgement on dog killing is coming up next fortnight. Considering the awful publicity against dogs  played by the ill-informed/bribed reporters and correspondents there is great likelihood that dog killing may be allowed selectively. We discussed a realistic golden mean for NGO monitored selective pikup of dogs who are tainted as habitual biters and send them for rehabilitation and training for some time rather than get them killed. We need to meet newspaper editors/ channel managers for identifying such reporters who promote negative and thoughtless, ill-informed anti-dog publicity for generating fear amongst residents.
5. Concern was raised for cats and currently no NGO focuses on cats the way they do for dogs. The result is that  every locality has an imbalance of dog-cat population in which cats are brutally killed and their kittens shredded by packs of dogs.Suggestions invited as a sustainable solution is still a far cry.
6. Horses and donkeys is also a grave concern. Frendicoes shared many policy issues and lack of funds. Everyone suggested that the Donkey Sanctuary (Dr. Nath) is also working in Gurgaon and beyond institutional divides one could share space, expertise and support with Frendicoes to make the programme actually effective for the animal.The Sai Ashram and Frendicoes shared common concerns and opened up for joint support for animals wherever possible.
7. Walk for Animals and Habitat drew a joint programme of animal welfare at Gurgaon with Sai Ashram and Frendicoes. Each one would work in their special capacity, interest and inclination areas.

The atmosphere of the meeting was very congenial, tension free and all throughout NGOs kept their focus on animal welfare rather than narrow operational divides which diverts attention from the animal to winning an institutional war.
This is a very good start and for this our heartfelt thanks to the AWBI Chairperson Gen.Kharb for giving us time and patient hearing.
Maybe other NGOs could also attend these informal meetings next time and help consolidate this movement.
Wish you all the best
WAH Team (2013-2014)
(Amita Singh, Subhulaxmi Sircar, Kartika Singh, Sangeeta Luthra

Walk for Animal & Habitat
Launched 2009,August by Amita Singh, Blossom Hackett, Prema Swaminathan, Tulika Mehra, Varsha Sharma, Tushaar Bhardwaj , Vidya Sangwan , Benu Kalra and Subhulaxmi Sirkar  to protect and provide for all animals who were thrown out of thie village and forest habitats as villages got converted into concrete cities. In the process of urbanization the city lost inclusive governance, social co-existence and ecological ethics. The cost of this insensitive FDI led development was paid by the  voiceless animals who suffered destitution, starvation and extinction . The survivors were  labelled as 'stray' as the city stole away all their habitats.

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7 Letter to NDMC chief due to random picking of dogs
Updated: 26 Jan 2015

Dogs were being picked up randomly from NDMC area due to Obama's visit and Republic day parade. Mr Amit sent the NDMC chief hoping to remind him of the laws.


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8 Stray Dog Befriends Trekkers and Follows Them for 430 Miles
Updated: 12 Dec 2014

Stray Dog Befriends Trekkers and Follows Them for 430 Miles

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When a group of Swedish hikers fed a stray dog a treat, little did they know that he would become their new best friend as they trekked 430 miles across Ecuador in a grueling jungle endurance race.

Traversing their way through one of the world’s most extreme jungle environments, Team Peak Performance started with four team members — but finished with five.

The team first encountered Arthur when he appeared in the jungle looking in pretty bad shape. Feeling sorry for the scruffy looking pooch, team captain Mikael Lindnord offered him some food before setting off on the next phase of the race.

In the beginning, they didn’t realize that Arthur had followed them, but while they were wading through knee deep mud, to their surprise he reappeared and despite trying to send him off, he continued to show up beside the team as they made their way through the treacherous Amazon rainforest.


Image credit: Team Peak Performance

Fearing that the sickly dog was too weak to handle the difficult course, race organizers advised that the team didn’t take Arthur with them on the last leg of the race, which involved paddling 59 km in a kayak, before finally arriving at the finish line.

The team agreed that this was the best thing for Arthur, but when they put their kayaks down in the water and set off, Arthur refused to be left behind and started swimming after them.

“It was too heartbreaking and we felt we couldn’t leave him, so we picked him up. We could hear the people cheer on the shore as we set off,” recalls Lindnord.

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Image credit: Team Peak Performance

Paddling with a big dog like Arthur aboard wasn’t easy, and the team had to find different paddling techniques not to kick him off board. Throughout the journey Arthur kept jumping into the water to take a swim, before crawling back into the boat, at which point he was so cold the team had to offer him their jackets.

“One time we got quite close to land and he jumped off and swam to the shore, and we thought that was the last we were gonna see from him. But he ran on the road for a bit and then he swam back to us,” says Lindnord.

When they crossed the finish line, Arthur was right there beside them, and the thought of leaving him to return to his former life on the street was too much to bear, so they started to look into bringing him back to Sweden.

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Image credit: Team Peak Performance

After a whole lot of paperwork, and a health check to approve him for the journey, officials in Sweden agreed for Arthur to enter the country, where he would finally have a forever home with his new found friends.

Now back in Sweden, Arthur is loving his new life. He is currently in quarantine, where he is receiving all the medical care he needs to treat the pre-existing wounds on his back and recover his general body condition.

In honor of Arthur, Team Peak Performance created the Arthur Foundation, to help stray dogs be valued by society and to support a new law proposal that will give stray dogs rights against violence and abuse.

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9 Intimidation and harrasement continues at The North Close = Now turns into physical violence
Updated: 08 Dec 2014

Well, life for animal lovers is not at all easy at the North Close, Nirvana Country.

So far:
- Strays were being beaten and dumped by the security guards employed by the RWA
- Two families were abused late night by a bogie of people on 29th October, no action so far
- Blatant spreading rumor of false dog bite cases by the RWA and instigation of other residents by a bogie of people, churning out malice, creating unfounded panic and promoting animal cruelty to attack and harass animals and animal lovers


On 2nd of December, 2014 a maid who was quietly sitting in park with a pet dog who approached by a lady who started verbally abusing the maid. Maid, out of fear returned to the her owner's house. The abuse didn't stop there, a lady trespassed into their house and started beating the maid, while that lady was beating the maid, homeowner's teenage daughter tried to intervene and she was also threatened and was asked to stay out or she will also be beaten like her maid. Apparently, parents were not present at home when this happened. Imagine the kind of trauma

Family tried to seek intervention from the RWA, but was turned away and was given cold shoulder by the President of the RWA. Seems these bogie of people are successful in inciting so much malice that now it has turned into physical abuse.

A complaint regarding this incident of trespassing and intimidation was made in Sadar, Police Station, however no action has been taken so far. Police have not yet started the investigation.

What was the mistake of that poor maid? Was it that she was sitting with a dog on grass which is reserved for elite? or She was taking care of a dog and playing with the same in bright sun? And caring for dog is a BIG NO in the North Close gated complex.

We are in a very state of affairs and are in regular state of threat. Never ever seen such a animal hating environment..

What next?

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10 My beautiful late kiddo Ginger
Updated: 29 Nov 2014

I thought its time I let you people know that on 27th night I lost my first and most innocent baby Ginger to renal failure. She was the reason why I even got into helping other dogs and now she is just a very sweet memory. The emptiness she has left can never ever be filled .

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11 Saptarshi Roy: The savior of Stray Dogs
Updated: 28 Nov 2014

a nice article on my friend saptrashi who takes care of around 220 dogs. 

On a lazy afternoon, after dodging the extremely frustrating traffic jam, for 45 minutes, which is a common phenomenon in Delhi, I reached The Central Block Part of Greater Kailash II. I met Saptarshi Roy at the District Park where he feeds and plays with the dogs at the park. Over tea and bread rolls, we started discussing the journey of the man, who feeds around 200 dogs every day.

Saptarshi Roy: The savior of Stray Dogs

It all started in 2008, when he first took his first Dog, Piku, who was a Labrador. “He was a dog who loved to roam around in the complex.” Said Saptarshi, who used to take him for strolls and he also used to feed the stray dogs near his locality. There was a dog, who used to live near the locality, Saptarshi had named him Tommy. He, as Saptarshi, recounts, was a “Non- Hungama (nuisance) dog”. He started eventually befriending Piku and used to come till the gate of the building to bid both Piku and Saptarshi “Goodbye” for the day. Early in the morning, he used to come and eat and then leave, without any fuss.


But then there were a series of things that changed everything. The housing society members and Saptarshi’s neighbours started having problem with Tommy, “A Stray”, coming to their locality. They started beating the dog. Their excuse for beating him up was: “The dog is a stray. If he is encouraged, he will never leave the locality, and would create a ruckus and will bite people.”


Saptarshi further tells me, “He had a designated place. Dogs have specific places where they sleep and dwell, most of the time. He never harmed anyone.”

Saptarshi Roy: The savior of Stray Dogs

“But when I refused to leave him, things got ugly. They would come to my place, when I was away and threaten my wife”


“It was then, I wrote a letter to Mrs. Meneka Gandhi. She was really helpful, and assured me that she would look in to this matter personally. After a week or so, a lawyer contacted me, to know the details. Within days, the society got a legal notice, regarding the cruelty to animals.” Eventually more dogs came. And at one point there were 20 dogs at my apartment. All Dogs were vaccinated.

But was there a sudden point in your life, that made you decide, to go for it, or did it come gradually?


Saptarshi: “I was in my car, on my way to Gurgaon, I think. I saw that a dog was run-over by a car. Since it was a one way road, hence, I couldn’t have turned my car to go and check, though I SO wished that I had. After a couple of hours, I came back to that spot and started asking people about the dog. The cigarette-seller told me that he had died, on the spot. They have thrown him somewhere. I was very disturbed. Just to be sure, I asked the rickshaw pullers at the stand. They said that the dog is alive, and they had taken him to the hospital. That didn’t help. I would never be able to know the truth. That was the day; I decided that it should never happen again. “


It was then, he thought of getting a place where he can keep the dogs. He leased a farmhouse and got some people to look after the dogs,

Saptarshi Roy: The savior of Stray Dogs

He says, “It is not an NGO. I did it, only because, my dogs have become a part of my life. I can’t live without them.”


At Present, he has around 60 dogs at his farm in Faridabad. Some have Tick fever. Some of them have their limbs broken. Some of them have their whole rib cage injured. Some are just abandoned and some have got illnesses like the tick fever which has known to take lives of the dogs

“The farm is the home of these dogs. And they will stay with me for the whole of their life. In the process, I lost half of my friend circle, because I wasn’t social. If they called me to watch a movie, I’d have to politely refuse, as the dog/dogs who is/are ill is more important for me than watching the movie. I used to love watches. But now I just have an old watch. The only thing that comes in my mind is that, if I spend the money on their food, rather than on the watch, they will have a portion of their food for the day. But there are many who have stood by my side. I have to thank my friend Anando who has been my partner in this. Ayeesha and Dr. Kamal, who have helped me at any point of time when I needed help either with the treatment of the dogs, or otherwise.”

Saptarshi Roy: The savior of Stray Dogs

“What we need is to create awareness for the people. 90% of the camps never vaccinate the puppies. I also need to ask people to stop taking dogs from breeders. These breeders operate from Punjab and it helps the people in financing things from injections to drugs. Also, the Indian breed is much stronger than the foreign dogs.”


What are your plans in the future?

Within three months, I have a plan to get an ultrasound machine in Faridabad. As for my long term plans, I have four things in my mind.


1) I need to make a clinic for the dogs, with an ultrasound and an X-ray machine and emergency ambulance service.
2) I also need to make a shelter for donkeys. Donkeys are, perhaps the most ill-treated animals after dogs in India.
3) School for children, in places where there are no schools, especially hills, where the kids can’t go to schools because, either they don’t have a school there, or it is far off from their home.
4) I also want to make a hospital with 20 beds which have doctors living in the periphery.

Saptarshi Roy: The savior of Stray Dogs

How do you manage the finances and how much is the cost incurred every day?

I am into Education. I help Universities to set up their foothold in India. So I ask these universities, to finance some amount of the contract’s money on supplies. We never accept cash. We ask people to provide us with commodities, like dog-food, the cheap rice, for dogs, medicines, syringes etc. But mostly it is incurred by me. At times I had to break open my Fixed Deposits, to meet the costs.


Every day we need 25 KGs of chicken which costs us about 800 rupees. 30 KGs of cheap rice, which costs us 1600 rupees and 10 KGs of dog food every day. So in a month, around, Rs. 1,70,000 are spent just on food, to say the least, then there are maintenance costs, stipends for the caretakers and travelling and medical expenses. You can come and see, how we take care of them.


Tell me more about the farm in Faridabad.

I have six people who are at the farm, as caretakers, for the dogs. Sudhanshu is the head care taker. You have to meet the dogs. They are adorable. You should come and meet them.

Saptarshi Roy: The savior of Stray Dogs

So I went to the farm house to meet them. It was some 10 minutes form Badkhal Chowk. It was a big farm house, with so many dogs! Dogs of all ages! It just took me 5 minutes to get friendly with them. There were dogs from All over Delhi and NCR. There were dogs, who had lost one or two legs, spines, some, their eyes. But all of them were adorable. All they wanted was petting and some love, whether it was the active little pup, “Maruti”, or the stud “Telephone”.


After some playing with the dogs, Sudhanshu told me that when Saptarshi comes to the farm and sleeps in the farm, at least 6-7 dogs blanket over him.


Being with them made me realize, that people have the wrong perception about love. Love and care is what everyone is hungry for, and everything good that they do is driven by that Love.


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12 Consistently Unprofessional & Biased Reporting in HT Gurgaon
Updated: 25 Nov 2014


In my years of reporting news (Los Angeles Times, NDTV and Voice of America) and in my journalism training (Stern School, University of New York and LSJ, London) I do not recall journalism mixing with faux urban legend or fostering folk tales. It appears, at The Hindustan Times, Gurgaon, it does. And lately, a little too often.

To get to the point, I draw your attention to and protest against the consistently unprofessional, biased and agenda driven reportage in The Hindustan Times with regards to stray dogs. Over the last two months your paper has carried three reports which reflect incorrect and/or partial perspectives, a twisting of facts and very clear negative agendas in obviously loaded and planted stories. Beginning with false reporting about dogs removed by the MCG in Sun City, to two stories within a fortnight about The Close North, Nirvana Country, Sector 52. All three are false or at best half-truths. Predictably, your reporters have not bothered to ascertain facts, seek objective truth or bothered with elementary homework before churning out malice, creating unfounded panic and promoting animal cruelty which attracts penalties under the law.

Unsurprisingly, the three dogs resident in this community are a target. Since dogs, unfortunately, cannot speak for themselves someone has to speak for them.

1.A look at the MCG correspondence records, talk with the two authorised Gurgaon NGOs (PFA and FRIENDICOES) or police records would reveal that the Close North is a classic case where a bogey is relentlessly trying to foist kangaroo court like vigilante solutions to non-issues. This is a high decibel drama to dislocate and/or kill the three dogs resident in that locality. Of these dogs, one docile dog (Julie) was done away with by the RWA. This issue has been addressed by PFA Gurgaon in part, as well as by law abiding, compassionate residents and largely sorted, pending any further incident which will now attract swift and punitive action individually against RWA office bearers.

2.The dogs are neutered, vaccinated and perfectly socialized, causing no harm/threat to anyone at any point in time. Our interventions have revealed that allegations of their being aggressive are untrue. Not one resident allegedly bitten, can show wounds/scars/medical records. And none of these people will reveal the provocation they cause to animals which may result in aggressive behaviour. Overarchingly, anyone with a shred of common sense cannot believe a situation where "marauding animals" move freely terrorizing the young and old in a colony, while poor, cowering residents scurry for dear life ! This is a thesis for idiots to believe and buy into. And, anyone who has lived in this country knows, and knows experientially, that feral dogs by nature are timid and that ALL animals avoid human contact or confrontation unless severely threatened.

3. It is clear that your reporter has not bothered to visit the colony. Had she (Megha Laroia) done that, she would have discovered that this colony's boundary walls are in acute disrepair, making it easy not only for feral animals, but also vagrants, petty criminals and just about anyone, to gain ingress/egress at will. Any sensible community would repair this breach instead of pandering to a bunch which has parvenu ideas about living in India.

4.Vijay Kumar, the Sadar Police Station SHO quoted in the story has received an equal number of complaints about false complaints and violations of the law. These are conveniently not mentioned. Nor is the fact that he has tried to cobble amicable solutions which belligerent residents have repeatedly rejected.

5.It is a reflection of this colony that it invited an NGO banned by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which in any case has no business to be in Gurgaon, on the sly. This "NGO" was served notice by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi notice no. 254/55CBC/2011 dated 09.06.2011  It is also rather odd that The Circle of Animal Lovers from Tughlakabad, was invited to lift the dogs, Neither the MCG nor Gurgaon NGOs PFA or FRIENDICOES were contacted. A notice has been sent to this delinquent "NGO" warning it against illegal activities in Gurgaon.

It is indeed unfortunate and sad when a publication of your eminence stoops to dealing in lies and abandons a journalist's article of faith : scepticism until investigation establishes the whole fact to be presented with objectivity and without hyperbole. Not too much to expect perhaps.


Amit Chaudhery

-Journalist, Naturalist & Activist
-President, People For Animals-Gurgaon
-Honorary Animal Welfare Officer (HAWO), Animal Welfare Board of India

-Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, Nominee to IAECs
"Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. Wherever one notices them, they constitute a sign of brutality and ignorance, which cannot be painted over even by all the evidence of wealth and luxury." -- Alexander von Humboldt

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13 A sad anti animal pro slaughter article on Outlook India
Updated: 07 Nov 2014

A sad anti animal pro slaughter silly article was published , which even ran on religious lines not even looking at the whole factor of how any religion can justify animal slaughter . It was published on Outlook Anti Animal , Sorry I meant Outlook India who refused to publish Mr. Amit Chaudhery's rebuttal and counter points. I am publishing that here.

Here is the link to the silly pro slaughter article if anyone wants to read.

The Force of Falsity

Amit Chaudhery

“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perspective is everything and reality is the servant of perception. A simple premise which spawned this rebuttal to the cover story by Saba Naqvi in Outlook magazine (October 20th 2014) entitled ‘Prime Cuts’ in part. The whole idea of a rebuttal, is the fact that a magazine entitled ‘Outlook’ ought to be balanced ; expectedly. A balanced, candid and equidistant outlook offers opportunity to form informed and correct opinion. A lopsided outlook achieves the opposite. I do not bother with the editorial position or the deliberate obfuscation of fact by the writer of this story who is the magazine’s political editor and a fairly familiar face. That is not my business and this is not a rant. Therefore, the case for a balanced outlook supported not by agenda or opinion, but by fact and reason. It cannot be the midnight at high noon the writer tries to create.The case of meat. Much like the proverbial question which has confronted Hamlet and everyone else before or since, ‘to be or not to be’ and to ‘do or not to do’ is a matter of personal deliberation and choice. It springs from several fonts which are finely defined by individuality, intellect, reason, knowledge, comprehension, just as much as by conditioning, nurture, situation and circumstance. What lies behind us and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. It is a very wide swing indeed.

The article rests on half- truths and twists to present a picture which begs freedom from the on-going or impending terrorism of the far right and/or the vegetarians. It underscores the ‘plight of poor Muslims’ who are ‘harassed’ and ‘prevented’ from practising their religious obligation of killing kine as routine and sacrificing them during festivals seeped in blood. The argument is sought to be built around the fact that cattle are treated poorly in India and forage garbage, so we just as well may eat them. In another attempt to build her biased thesis, the writer offers the fact that India is the world’s second most populous country, has the single largest count of cattle in the world and “we are an impoverished nation where many people are malnourished”. Beef, therefore, is necessary if we are to grow “tall and strong”. “So, isn’t the current anticow/beef/livestock tirade an assault on the cultural rights of the tribals too ? …It is time to realize that survival is linked to meat and its consumption. For many of our countrymen, it is a necessity”. What warped nonsense, especially the ‘necessity’ part. The narrative of perceived ills laments at a point “…pamphlets had been distributed for the past two years in Muslim localities across Gujarat, saying that cow sacrifice is now illegal……in his latest Vijayadashmi address, telecast by Doordarshan, the current RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that ‘we feel it necessary to put a ban on meat exports, beef in particular and cow smuggling in the immediate future....Mostly, it is fuelled by hatred and stereotyping of the minority community…Just two weeks before the RSS chief’s Vijayadashmi address, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had expressed concern about India being the world’s largest beef exporter and claimed that money from illegal animal slaughter was being used to perpetrate acts of terrorism”.

So, what’s wrong with this ? It is indeed a fact that beef / cow slaughter is illegal in most states. Advising people not to slaughter them is a sensible and well meaning action in a state which forbids it.

The overarching ethos, the bedrock of our Indic civilization and culture is liberally layered with religious, cultural, emotional quotients of cow being revered. To the extent that clans, communities and surnames reflect the centrality of kine to their origins and mainstay. Even the scientific name of this ancient animal which descended from the Zebu, Bos indicus Linn, harks of India. Kine appear on seals of the Indus valley, amongst the proto historic terracotta figurines, on rock paintings, in the Hindu religion. Not just Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains hold the cow sacred or special. Our gotra (the entire Khap argument, now twisted, centres around it) resonates the importance of the cow : gau/go. One’s ancestral family name is the gotra (cow pen) within which the family lived with its cattle. The sancity of the cow is so great for us that even Babur in his counsel to Humayun advised him to respect the cow and avoid cow slaughter. Akbar banned it. And the Deoband seminary has advised Muslims to desist from killing cows. From mythical cows like Surabhi, Kamadhenu, Nandini, Sabala to Krishna, the cow is central to India’s collective subconscious.

The writer takes umbrage at Ms Maneka Gandhi’s linkage of the meat trade to terrorism, but has no cogent rebuttal to offer. Ms Gandhi in her address at the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) a few weeks ago in Jaipur presented objective data to buttress her charge. Ms Naqvi offers nothing except a bald statement. In my own experience of resisting and preventing cow slaughter, I can vouch for very organized, well oiled machinery which lifts cows from the NCR area, kills them in Ferozepur Jhirka in Mewat and Meerut / Baghpat. The blood money of meat dealers is reportedly hawala money, as the case of a certain Moin Quereshi currently under investigation, is proving. Can Naqvi prove that Maneka is wrong ? Can she counter Bhagwat on logic ? Since she cannot and has no intent of doing so, she lobs these odds and runs across the page. The entire slew of arguments cloaked as objective, third-party and absolute are cleverly presented half-truths which serve a loaded agenda. The agenda is to portray ‘poor Muslims and meat eaters as terribly persecuted in Hindu India’. To attempt a rationale for the hugely lucrative, expanding and flourishing beef business as nothing but a matter of nutritional necessity, “religious freedom” and “personal liberty”. And turn the tables if it were, on the intolerant, bullying Hindu extremist. Peppering this hyperbole, is a subtle style of affliction which the writer employs to distract. Pointedly, a column by a corpulent meat eater starved of flesh by his oppressive Brahmanical family before his joyous pink redemption. This silly biographical ramble makes no point except narrating irrelevant experience of transition and his overactive and highly indulged dietary fibre fed on “…anything that runs, swims or flies...sadly, it is difficult to get good beef”.

The appearance of (almost) all descriptions worth a hundred tournaments which joust with the idea of diverting the reader’s mind as much as possible from the principle action. The principle action, the heart of the matter, is the untold aspect of ‘Prime Cuts’. Simply put, the truth is far more complex and inherently multi-layered than the attitude of indifference Ms Naqvi puts to it. It raises questions which are at once ethical, moral, religious, cultural, legal and environmentally sustainable. It presents impact on society, the Indic civilization and on the environment. In her eagerness to paint monochromes the writer obfuscates everything. The cow is not just an animal and certainly not beef for the vast majority of Indians since the dawn of mainstream Indian civiliation ; D.N. Jhas of the world notwithstanding.

Yet, the cow remains the starkest symbol of Indian crookedness and hypocracy and a mean, servile Janus faced character. Nowhere in the world is such dichotomy to be seen. In this, we are unique. The cow has for centuries in scripture, tradition, myth, religion and decreasingly in practice been revered. The cow is intrinsic, innate and integral. Kine have been emblematic of India in form and manner no other animal has been. The writer makes a one line reference to Kamdhenu, the celestial cow of myth and contrasts it with the pitiable state of cows in contemporary India. In that, I agree with her. Perhaps the cows are better off dead. They die anyway, from hunger, the plastic and polythene they eat, the road accidents they suffer. That reflects the general apathy of this country and inexplicable behaviour which points at a societal bi-polar disorder. We profess to hold cows as sacred, whilst subjecting them to the most degraded treatment possible. At a very granular level, in one of the several banes of democratization and the consequent rise of petty minds, every upstart colony in every shabby parvenu neighbourhood is intolerant of animals. Roaming cows are a very obvious victim of this condition. Robbed of grazing land and clean water, forced to subsist on filth, walk this country’s pathetic roads only to be killed by callous drivers, beaten and shooed away by people, administered painful oxytocin injections to extract milk, compelled to deliver calves on streets, administered dhoomdev and phooka to draw every drop… the litany is painfully long. The lot of male calves is worse, they are thrown out at birth. All cows are traded by the Janus faced Hindu for slaughter by the Muslim. Everyone knows this. It is decidedly and definitely better to kill them. I concur. For, it shall spare them the consistent cruelty and bewilderment they face. But kill them humanely. Kill them swiftly. The lot of kine in India is what it is because we are, who we are. In the inner recesses of our hearts we cannot deny our hypocrisy, callousness, cruelty and pettiness to ourselves. Unless, of course, we have degenerated to a level where we delude and deny the stark and the experiential. The writer only reveals personification of Indian duplicity and hashes it with a loaded agenda. She takes great pains to make a feeble case of dietary choices, quotes academics, offers a smokescreen which portrays slaughter (horrific in India) as redemption from persecuted existence, et al. There’s nothing wrong in that. The writer and her proponents have a right to their belief and opinion. It is the dishonest twist and half views that I protest.

Let us meet the meat. And I can lay modest claim to knowing the underbelly of the cow trade by virtue of working on ground for years now. So it’s not from the soft comfort of desk research and Google that I tell you what I do. It would be a fair wager to bet that any person, regardless of religion or orientation or politics would be appalled at the conditions under which kine in this country are ‘harvested’. At birth all calves are separated from the mother and allowed just enough milk to survive if they are female and none if they be male. Enterprising cowherds sever the heads of calves and tie them just near the rump of the cow to create the illusion of her calf as she turns to watch while they milk the udders. The pashu melas at Fatehabad, near Hissar in Haryana and Sonpur in Bihar among several other places present this common and sadly acceptable sight. Infact men ply the severed heads, renting them out by the hour. Between garbage, polythene and severed heads India gets her milk and milk products. I have commonly found male calves with legs precisely broken at the joints (they cannot be mended) and rendered immobile so that in the wee hours butchers can lift them into cattle trucks. These trucks are packed tighter than sardine cans. One atop the other, legs broken and tied, groaning from internal and external injuries sustained in loading them. Now that trucks are a giveaway, the traffickers use dumpers and containers. The suffocation, heat and darkness multiply in the new mode of transport. It takes days, weeks really, for the cows to reach from point A to point B. Upon reaching destination, they languish for upto three days in the carriers

before the live meat tumbles out (mostly dead or dying) from the vehicles. National Highway VIII is one of the major points of this trade. The journey culminates at Malegaon and Deoli in Maharashtra and other places where they wait in extreme climate to be killed. Cattle trucks running between Andhra/Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra culminating in the Devil’s Own Country, Kerala, are a mirror. The flesh loving Iyer in her article who rues the open availability of beef would do well to try Kerala’s chilli beef freely available in that state. Marination is perfect ; it starts from the eyes, nostrils and anus when the animals are still alive. At frequent intervals during transport the cattle are administered liberal dozes of the chilli through these orfices in order for the additive to mix with the bloodstream and settle in the skin tissues. It promotes the aftertaste. Slaughterhouses outstrip any descriptors of fire and brimstone Hell. Dozens of animals are lined up, and killed with blunt blades in the intensely cruel practice of halal. It takes several minutes to die. It takes several hours to wait your turn in full sight of others being dragged, punched, and ripped open as many men hold you down after tying your limbs together and sitting on you. Spontaneous abortions are not uncommon in these places. It is good veal for the trade, minus the effort of carving open a live cow’s stomach. The kine who wait outside the sheds for their turn are forced to run towards the killing sheds by iron rods inserted into anuses and vaginas, chilli powder rubbed in, eyes gouged out, fires lit under them. They are beaten, kicked and dragged with ears, udders, penises horns ripped. Another aspect cloaked in religion is animal sacrifice. It goes on in backyards, street corners in all Indian cities, and in town squares. The animals butchered in extreme cruelty after mental, emotional and physical torture include a sizeable number of cows. The writer points accusingly at the Government of Rajasthan and its ban on sacrifice or killing of camels. One does not expect her to bother with trivia like the vastly increased scope for abuse and suffering in the case of large animals or the sheer incapacity of slaughterhouses to make a meal of them or the hours it takes for camels to bleed to death by jabs and cuts and thrusts in festive sacrifice of religion. One does expect a serious, and in this case, senior journalist to scan the facts. Camels in Rajasthan have fallen sharply in numbers from 500,000 in 2003 to less than 200,000 today. They are taken from all over Rajasthan through Pataudi and Jhajjar in Haryana to Baghpat and Meerut right in the backyard of Delhi. The qurbani is spread over hours and a thousand cuts. The animal takes woefully long to die slowly cursing its tormentors.

The fact that India is an overpopulated and malnourished nation has everything to do with government, governance, people and politics. It has nothing to do with any animal. The flippant and implausible argument which the article seeks to further, is that we must eat up all animals in order to escape malnutrition, grow tall and grow strong. Since this country’s infestation of people is not going to abate at any foreseeable stage, Ms Naqvi’s inverse thesis argues to produce more meat, rear more animals, kill more animals, produce , more methane, perpetuate more horrors. In short promote not only further desensitization and strife in an already ill society but to also foster an idiotcracy. She laments Mr. Modi’s ascription of the pink revolution to the UPA government’s institutionalized qutalkhanas with blood and bone in drains. This is fact. A simple half-minded Google search throws up data in the public domain which points at exponential jumps in meat exports. The fact that the government had institutionalized it is not incongruous either, especially when you consider the fact that union ministers like Mr. Kapil Sibal own one of India’s biggest slaughterhouses and is a prominent beef exporter. His business of blood is called Arihant. Ironically, if not deliberately named after a Jain Tirthankara.

So what is the writer’s key message in a convoluted article? I cannot tell, except to say that it is something between a rant and balderdash. The mere fact that the Hindu is cowardly, disunited, insincere and double-faced. Eager not to offend what must be one of society’s great evils. The situation is ironical because the Hindu is often the killer slow motion or with the blade. This, therefore, is not Hindi Vs Muslim. It is the ideal of India Vs the reality of India. Between posture and practice lies the truth. Discomforting, offensive, but true. It reveals deeper, truer schisms in this country’s foundation and its indefensible denial of stark reality. We excel, afterall, in deluding ourselves on most things if not everything . It is inverse logic and an underline of the abject, Janus faced, ethically bereft population of this country. As banal and impossible as the ongoing Swacch Bharat Abhiyan which pegs photo-ops to brooms. The brooms we need first are virtual, we need to clean our heads and our hearts. Impossible in the Continent of Circe.

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14 275 Tortoises Seized From Train in Bihar
Updated: 03 Nov 2014

275 Tortoises Seized From Train in Bihar

All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 02, 2014 20:15 IST
275 Tortoises Seized From Train in Bihar

Representational Image. (Thinkstock)

Patna: 275 tortoises, including those of endangered species, were seized from a Kolkata-bound train here by the Government Railway Police (GRP) and one person has been arrested.

In an operation conducted at Bakhtiyarpur and Mokama stations, 275 tortoises, kept in seven luggage bags, were recovered from different compartments of the Upper India Express last night, Rail SP Prakash Nath Mishra said.

The arrested person was identified as Raj Lal, a resident of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

"Lal is a wildlife smuggler. He has confessed of procuring the tortoises from nomadic Kanjar people in a village near Amethi. We have also identified three others who are working in nexus with him. An FIR has been lodged against all of them," Mr Mishra said.

Lal had boarded the train at Varanasi and was going to Kolkata to deliver the tortoises to some traders.

"These animals are in demand for medicinal purposes in East Asian countries and elsewhere. The seized tortoises have green shells which are used in medicines. Many also buy and use them as delicacies," the SP said.

The GRP has handed over the creatures to the state wildlife authorities so they could be kept alive.

Patna Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Gopal Singh said there were four different species in the seized ones. Two of them 'Chitra Indica' and 'Kachua Tecta' were endangered.

The DFO said the tortoises would be kept at Eco Park in the state capital for some time and would be released in rivers or lakes according to their adaptability.

"There seems to be a spurt in tortoise and turtle trade. People are smuggling it for their meat and medicinal value. We received a seized consignment of tortoises a couple of weeks ago also," Mr Singh said.

Among the seized tortoises, one is of around 7 kilograms while others weigh around 500 grams.

Trade of such creatures is prohibited according to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, he said.
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Saturday, 01 November 2014 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The most helpless, and hence the easiest to dominate and torture, are animals. Things will only change if people stop regarding animals as inferior beings and grant them the moral space that humans occupy

On October 17, First Information Report No 0366 of 2014 was filed at the Chittaranjan Park Police Station, Delhi, against a person who had allegedly deliberately set fire to a heap of leaves under which about 10 puppies were lying. According to the FIR, the person was in the habit of burning leaves which had been banned for causing pollution. A little more than a month-and-a-half earlier, another report had been lodged at the Tughlak Road Police Station, Delhi, against a man who had allegedly severely beaten up a dog in Golf Links who is locally looked after.

The outcome of these cases will be watched with interest, especially since Mr Deepak Mishra, Special Commissioner, Law and Order, of Delhi Police had, on February 7, 2014, circulated a landmark communication to all Joint Commissioners and district heads of Delhi Police, stating that it had been noticed “that while dealing with crime against animals, most of the police officers either do not know the various provisions of the relevant Acts or show apathy to it by treating such cases as frolicsome and a waste of time. At times, specific sections of IPC like 428, 429, 379, 503 and Delhi Police Act 1978 are not invoked.” It added that henceforth it was “the responsibility of the area SHO and ACP/SDPO to properly educate/supervise/guide the IOs to ensure that while dealing with crime against animals, all the sections of the relevant Acts are properly mentioned in the FIRs and investigation/action is taken up accordingly.”

Mr Mishra deserves to be congratulated for his remarkable initiative. Cases of wanton cruelty to animals occur regularly the world over. These, however, are particularly unfortunate in India because comprehensive laws against cruelty to animals exist here but are not implemented, thanks to apathy — even active sanction or perpetration of cruelty — by the authorities themselves.

The harsh fact is that a very large number of people are cruel to animals. There are several explanations for this. Desmond Morris, writes in The Human Zoo, “Cruelty to animals has long provided a major outlet for re-directed aggression from the times of the earliest civilisations, right up to the present day, and it has certainly not been confined to the lowest levels in the social hierarchy.”

According to Mr Morris, tribal hunters and early farmers had a spirit of kinship with animals and respected them. “But the moment that urban populations began to develop, large groups of human beings became cut off from direct contact with animals, and the respect was lost. As civilisations grew, so did man’s arrogance. He shut his eyes to the fact that he was just as much an animal as any other species. A great gulf appeared: Now only he had a soul and other animals did not. They were no more than brute beasts put on earth for his pleasure.”

Mr Morris further points out that animals came in for a rough passage with the spread of Christianity. He writes, “We need not go into the details, but it is worth noting that as late as in the middle of the nineteenth century Pope Pius IX refused permission for the opening of an animal protection office in Rome on the ground that man owed duties to his fellow men, but none to the lower animals.” He further cited a Jesuit lecturer writing in the same century that “brute beasts” were not persons because they had no understanding and hence could not have any rights. Humans, therefore, had no duties of charity “nor duties of any other kind to the lower animals…”

Christianity’s attitude to animals has been changing and becoming more compassionate. But things have been made worse by growing human aggression which has many causes. Mr Morris attributes it to tensions and conflicts occurring among humans, who have biologically remained the tribal hunters they were for a million years, living in cities which are not their natural habitats. John Gray writes in The Silence of Animals:On Progress and Other Modern Myths, “Barbarism is not a primitive form of life, but a pathological development of civilisation.” Put very roughly, in Civilisation and its Discontents, Sigmund Freud discusses the fundamental tensions that exist between individuals seeking instinctual freedom in pleasure and civilisation’s demand for conformity and instinctual repression deemed necessary for the community. The most notable of the immutable characteristic instincts of humans are the desire for sex and the predisposition to violent aggression toward authority figures and sexual competitors.

As has been noted by many authorities, the first targets of such aggression are animals and children, who are the least capable of all to defend themselves. Next come women.

Another important cause is the desire for domination, which assumes the form of sadism. In The Fear of Freedom, Erich Fromm says that both sadism and masochism (the tendency to surrender one’s will and self to an individual or authority), emerge from the process of individuation in a person’s life. An infant’s life, Fromm argues, is a part of his or her mother’s and of the security it provides. As a person grows up and becomes an individual — which is what individuation is — he or she becomes increasingly aware of the many perils of the world around. The growing feeling of insecurity this produces, is ideally resolved by becoming one with the surrounding world through love and creative activity. Most persons, however, are incapable of doing so. Instead, they seek to overcome their feeling of insecurity by deriving a sense of power by completely dominating, physically and/or mentally, an individual or a plurality of people.

If the process leads to aggression, the latter’s expression is facilitated by masochism, which stands for deriving a sense of security through total surrender to a powerful person or organisation, seeking reassurance from being a part of the latter’s collectivity and divesting oneself of the agony of decision-making through blind obedience to the authority to which one had surrendered.

The most helpless, and hence the easiest to dominate and torture, are animals. Things will only change if people stop regarding animals as inferior beings and grant them the same space as they occupy in their universe of morality. They may not have reason but as Linda Bender shows in Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals, they have qualities of instinctive perception and premonition far superior to those of humans.

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16 A Powerful 30-Second Message?
Updated: 02 Nov 2014

Please share widely, especially with those who have or are thinking of abandoning their pet

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17 MCG's Illegalities! in Suncity Again
Updated: 01 Nov 2014

MR amit Chaudhery's question to MCG about their illegal displacement of dogs from Suncity Gurgaon


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Dear All,

Few days back on 19th Sept there was a news item in HT that "Suncity Becomes Free Of Stray Dogs".

That news was a typical case of misrepresentation of facts, dissemination of wrong information and irresponsible reporting.

In reality, it was animal lovers like you who identified few non-vaccinated and un-sterilized dogs at Suncity. Through Frendicos, they got those dogs vaccinated and sterilized as per the ABC rule 2001. Later these dogs were released in the same locality. In reality, these people are doing a great service to society by doing so. Wrong reporting by HT was unfortunate and came as a shock to animal lovers.

Several organizations and people like you have since then confronted the media house to represent the true facts. The Hindustan Times realized their mistake and rectified their error by publishing the correct news item on 24th September, 2014. Same is attached for your reference.

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18 Little Puppies Burned alive in GK2
Updated: 01 Nov 2014

Little Puppies Burned alive in GK2 by a maniac.

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Date 17 Oct 2014 To The SHO CR PARK STATION NEW DELHI, Dear Sir, This is to report a cruelty and public nuisance case in M Block Market G.K.2 opposite dominoes. The man called Kishen who runs a Pan stall had lit afire on a heap of leaves to burn around 10 Puppies which were hiding under the leaves. The mother had delivered the pups there a few days ago. This gentleman knew of their existence and lit the fire with the intention of burning them. This was witnessed by Adv Akshat Gupta and Shivem who works at Amalci restaurant. The taxi driver had witnessed the same. In fact they managed to save some of the Puppies and have burried the dead ones in the park. A small Video of the burnt Puppies crying in pain is attached. Advocate Akshat Gupta had called 100 and fire brigade at 22.35 hrs on 16th Oct. DD No 27A. The pan shop owner has been told time and again not to burn the leaves as itteauses pollution and is there is a ban on burning by High Court. Requesting You to take appropriate action against the Pan wala under IPC 428/429 as well as PC ALL. Also as this was complained yesterday and the man was drunk and he was not picked up for medical tests nor were the bodies 8 the pups sent for post martem. Thanking You Sd English AJAYDEEP SINGH 9810268665 Sd English AMRITIKA PHOOL 9811255370 CO-OP MEMBER ANIMAL WELEFARE BOARD OF INDIA 13/1 Third Seaward Road Valmiki Nagar Thiruvanmiyhi Chennai. DO to register a case U/S 428/429 IPC and Investigation handed over to me Sd English HC Manish Pal 679/SE PS CR Park Dt 17/10/14 ????????? ?????:??? 3.40 ??? ??? ???? ?? ?? ?? ??? ?? HC/Do ?? ?? ????? English ?????? ?????? HC Manish Pal 679/SE ????? ????? ?????? ????? ????? ??? ????? ?? ??????? ?? ????? ????? Case FIR No. 366/14 U/S 428/429 IPC ???? ??????? Cipa Operatoer Ct. Neetu No. 3698/SE ?????? ???? ???????? ????? ??? ????? ? FIR ???????? Copy ????? Ct. Rajjo No. 2819/SE ?? ???? ??? HC Manish Pal 679/SE ?? ?????? ?? ?? ???? ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ??? ?????? ???? ?? ????? ??? ????? ????? ???? HC/Do


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19 SPCA Thane gets certificate of accreditation
Updated: 31 Oct 2014

SPCA Thane gets certificate of accreditation


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Updated: 22 Sep 2014

With respect to the information shared earlier last week on HT quoting that Suncity is now stray dog free and the dogs have been picked up by MCG ,WE HAVE DECIDED TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT MCG Commissioner's OFFICE GURGAON CIVIL LINES at 3PM On TUESDAY 23 SEPT. PL. Do join as our number is our strength........
Help us in number and voice as this activity is a virus and soon spread if not halted strongly right now.
Warm regards
pls do call and co-ordinate and show up if you can

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Sunday, 24 August 2014 | Rukmini Sekhar | in Agenda

Elephants’ future in private captivity is now an exposed cesspool of ambiguity and corruption. If laws are not amended soon and fail to reflect the concerns of conservationists, wildlife enthusiasts, activists and well-intentioned public, India will lose the ground it has achieved in wildlife conservation and animal protection laws. Ganesh Chaturthi is a good time to take stock of the reality of captive elephants and give meaning to the festival, says Rukmini Sekhar

Ganesh Chaturthi falls on August 29, a few days from now. The rumble of celebrations for the elephant god will soon turn into a roar of frenzy. At the end of 10 days, the statue of Ganesha will leave each house to the rambunctious shouts of‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ as processions wend their way towards the sea to immerse the elephant god.

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But what is actually immersed is the liberty of India’s 4,000 elephants living in bondage. I write this article just before this festival to draw attention to the reality that the god we celebrate is in chains. This is a plea to demand the release of India’s captive elephants and take collective action to make sure that every elephant is free to be an elephant in its natural wilderness, never a slave to human masters. As well as to demand that no new elephants are captured from the forests.

A video went viral about a month ago. At the Government elephant camp in Sakrebyle, Shimoga district, Karnataka, an elephant calf was shown being beaten mercilessly by a group of ‘trainers’. The calf, wrenched from his mother who was watching by the side, had no idea what wrong he had done. The shocking video recorded the calf’s screams and captured the brutality on camera. When asked to stop, they replied between blows, “Yeh junglee janwar ko aadmi ke layak banane ka tarika hai.”(This is the way we want to make this wild animal fit for humans).

This savagery, euphemised as training, takes place in full view of the tourists who were visiting the Government forest camp at the time. Says Suparna Ganguly of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) and Chairperson, CUPA, Bangalore, “Elephant families have well defined norms, akin to a human society and an elephant’s lifelong attachment to its nodal family group is well known and documented. Elephants are gentle and patient teachers to their young. The youngster’s best learning is imbibed by watching their adult family members over a long life of nearly 70 years. They have a sense of self, recognition, disparate clan members, humor, play and grief.”

The cruel human interference in the disruption of families and herds by capturing calves for commerce, festivals and pomp, and thereafter their brutal training which is the fate of all captured elephants, destabilises the family structure of elephants and ultimately their survival in the wild.

Raju’s recent rescue on July 4 in Allahabad also went viral. Tortured for nearly 50 years, his shackles spiked, speared with bull hooks, malnourished and exhausted, he shed tears as his chains were finally removed by a team of rescuers from Wildlife SOS. Behavioural scientists have described elephants as ‘near persons’, so it was possible that he got emotional. Raju was probably captured soon after he was born and sold again and again. He may have had up to 27 owners. He was forced to work as a begging prop on the side of the road and at temples and often rented out for weddings, festivals and other celebrations. All the while he was kept in control with torture and starvation. He is free at last, but experts say it will take Raju years to accept human kindness.

On July 1, 2013, the death of 58-year-old Bijlee, the ‘working elephant’, made international news. A leading daily reported, “Bijlee’s owners forced her to work for 50 years by begging on the streets of Mumbai and Thane and standing at weddings, paying little attention to her health or diet. Injured by an earlier accident, she finally collapsed and died. Bijlee, who also suffered from obesity due to bad diet, degenerative joints and osteoporosis, was a victim of long-term and continuous neglect and abuse by her owner. The release of Sundar (nee Santu from Assam), who was abused in a Kolhapur temple, made headlines till he was finally relocated to a zoo.”

“Kerala tourism trumps Paris on Facebook”, stated a report in a daily on August 12, 2014. Trump Paris it may, but God’s Own Country rides this encomium on the backs of its hundreds of terribly unhappy captive elephants.

One of Kerala Tourism’s unique sales propositions is to flaunt and parade its nearly 800 elephants in various temple festivals. These are the ‘Devadasis’ of the Gods, dedicated to the deity in perennial bondage though no scripture or texts says that elephants must be an essential feature of a temple festival or any other ritual.

The season for these festivals is during the hottest months of the year — from January to June. A study by Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) says that the elephants walk for nearly 12 hours continuously on hot tarmac for nearly 20 km a day and are not given the required 230 litres of water and 250 kg of food daily. They end up losing nearly 300 kg during a single festive season as they keep earning for their owners, mahouts and contractors at the rate of Rs30,000 to sometimes Rs1 lakh during this ‘harvest’ season. After all, they have to make good the nearly Rs40 lakh to Rs1 crore that they have spent in buying the elephant from North East India (illegally, of course), claiming that they were born in captivity, complete with fictitious certificates.

We are faced today with modern progressive consciousness and traditional exploitative practices. We have believed for years that the ‘tame’ elephant was a glamorous and necessary appendage for entertainment, celebrations and festivals. But the desperate and tortured lives of captive elephants are no longer acceptable to any progressive society. In 2008, the book, Gods in Chains, commissioned by CUPA and WRRC in Bangalore first lifted the veil of secrecy, confusion and lies surrounding the lives of captive elephants in trade, entertainment, tourism, festivals and commerce in India. Today, these gods in chains are asking us, the people of India, to play a prominent role in stopping captive elephant abuse as well as the Indian Government to re-enact and implement elephant protection laws.

How are elephants ‘trained’ generally? Simply put, through extreme torture and violence, which aims to do only one thing — break its spirit till it arrives at a state of ‘learned helplessness.’ The torture methods are somewhat similar throughout India. The dreaded bull hook keeps piercing their 107 sensitive points, mainly on the back, feet, head and anal region. A small spear is jabbed behind their ears to make them obey. And then there is the axe which cuts deep, resulting in chronic pain. Many mahouts have blinded the elephant in the right eye to keep them from getting alarmed by moving vehicles when in a parade. Diagonally opposite legs of calves are often spike-chained, one leg with a 20-foot-long chain and the other with a 2-foot-long one, and the chains are interchanged till the bruises, which initially bleed, become hard and calloused. And as if all this is not enough, there are always beatings and starvation.

So for every dart thrown, tug of war played, bicycles ridden, standing on their heads, jumping through hoops of fire, painting pictures, playing polo, ferrying and bowing down for tourists, travelling long distances in cramped boxes, performing tricks, begging on the streets, standing at temple festivals and weddings with the ear shattering sounds of musical instruments and crackers, wrenched from their babies, the elephant convulses with untold grief as it is first and foremost a wild animal right down to its DNA and not meant to be trained and tortured for human entertainment.

Elephants are long-ranging animals with no political borders. They roam over large tracts of land feeding in close-knit family herds headed by a matriarch along with uncles, aunties, cousins and grandparents. Who hasn’t been thrilled at the site of these gentle giants in their natural habitats, walking and feeding peacefully? But captive elephants stand in abject loneliness for hours on end, chained to their poles. Like dolphins and the great apes, they are group animals and loneliness makes them depressed and psychotic. Standing for long hours causes painful foot ailments because their footpads are meant for soft earth floors, not burning hot tar roads. They are deprived of a good soak in a water body followed by a mud bath.

Dr Joyce Poole, elephant scientist and advocate for captive elephants, says, “The complexity and depth of the elephant psyche is terrorised and traumatised by captivity. Captive elephants are often referred to as ‘domesticated’. Captive elephants are tamed, not domesticated. No elephant has ever or will ever be born that willingly adapts itself to a life of service to humans.”

So then, where does India stand in the light of all this? Ignorance, blind tradition, corruption, commerce, political clout, status symbolism and faulty implementation of the law, in word and spirit, have increased over the years.

The Wildlife Protection Act (WLPA) was passed in 1972 and amended in 2002. The Indian elephant was declared a Schedule 1 animal (like the tiger) worthy of topmost priority and protection. In October 2010, the elephant was formally declared a heritage animal. The amended law says that no animal born after 1972 can be domesticated or used commercially, but they are openly bought and sold including at the famous Sonepur Mela in Bihar. Elephants fetch several thousands if not lakhs of rupees in each transaction. Elephant traders claim that elephants have been born in captivity while the reality is that they are captured and sold illegally.

Elephants’ future in private captivity is now an exposed cesspool of ambiguity and corruption. For instance, Section 40 (2A) of the WLPA gives protection to all Schedule 1 animals, but Section 40 (2B) of the same Act nullifies it by saying “except for the live elephant”. What does this mean? We need clarity and amendment of this clause.

According to the Forest Act, only a ‘rogue elephant’ or a known herd of regular crop raiders can be captured with the express assessment of the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW). He alone is authorised to give permission for captured elephants to go out of the camps for any reason whatsoever.

Surendra Varma of Asian Elephant Research and Conservation Programme says, “It has come to light that Chief Ministers, Governors and politicians are overriding the CWW and giving these permissions. However, according to the law, it is illegal to buy or sell elephants for any religious or commercial activity or domesticated for private ownership. But poor law enforcement allows for individual ownerships, which includes temples.” Further, Section 40(2) of the WLPA gives a window to the CWW to extend permission for the acquisition of elephants, the authority which has been misused by giving permissions for gift, loan, transfer, lease and many other terms — all euphemisms for sale in unaccounted cash for the wealthy and powerful.

Current laws need to be strengthened to prevent trading, buying and distributing captive elephants within India and to Nepal. Wild elephant calf trafficking is done under the cover of the WLPA, which allows CWWs of States to give permission to so-called ‘owners’ to send their elephants anywhere in India. This is neatly wrapped up in terms such as gift, exchange, loan, lease or donation to religious institutions and private holdings. This needs to end. There should be an immediate formation of care facilities and rescue centres for abused elephants which need to be seized from abusive owners or temple trusts. Management of such centres should be transparent and done through public-private participation.

Close monitoring of elephants in captivity in all States should be mandatory. Government Forest Campmahouts should have refresher courses in the latest developments in training and upkeep. Counselling and anti-alcoholism support for mahouts should be made available. Processions and exposure of captive elephants to crowds, noise and chaos to be strictly prohibited.

What can we the citizens do? Remember that elephants are not working animals and that their place is in the forests. We need to lobby and campaign that all the 4,000 elephants kept in captivity should be kept as elephants in forest camps or rescue centres without putting them on display or used commercially. And let us not participate in tourist rides, jungle safaris, circuses, temple processions, parades and games which involve elephants.

Let us give a real meaning to Ganesh Chaturthi.Rukmini Sekhar is a writer committed to ethics for animals. Email: (Research inputs: Suparna Ganguly & Surendra Varma)

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Updated: 14 Aug 2014

Please Join:
WAH (Walk for Animals and Habitat)
JAAG(JNU Animal Activist Group)PETA(People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) PROTEST AT MINI SECRETARIAT GURGAON AGAINST SLAUGHTER

DATE:21st August 2014

Time:11 am

Venue: Mini Secretariat ,Gurgaon

A bus would pick up participants from the JNU main gate to Gurgaon venue of protest on 21st morning at

9 am.

Contact:Manu Singh 9911089216,Ekta Khandury9312578787, Ankita 9899334662,Ravi Ranjan9999108727,Aimy Dhankar 9654304684.

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23 Lawyer strips woman over dog in Gurgaon
Updated: 12 Aug 2014

This is what india has become..a cess pool of animal haters..this GUPTA SHOULD BE HANGED IN PUBLIC.  Here is the times of india link and the article.

Lawyer strips woman over dog in Gurgaon

GURGAON: A 43-year-old woman, employed in the corporate sector, was beaten up and stripped in full public view by her neighbour, an advocate, and his family members, over an argument about walking her dog in a park adjoining Old DLF area of Sector 14. The victim has been hospitalized. Civil lines police have lodged a case against the lawyer, who is absconding along with his family.

The incident occurred on August 7 when the victim's domestic help Mohan, 18, was walking her dog in the park in the afternoon. The accused, A K Gupta, who also lives near the park, objected to the dog entering the park and hurled abuses at Mohan.

When Mohan tried to pacify him, Gupta picked up an iron rod and started thrashing Mohan and the pet, leaving him with head injuries. On hearing cries of their domestic help, the victim rushed to the spot and tried to intervene.

"When my wife objected to Gupta saying it was not his private road, he caught her by her hair and slapped her several times. Soon, he was joined by his wife and two daughters, who all punched and slapped my wife, and she stared bleeding" alleged Suresh Yadav, the victim's husband.

Yadav, who works at an automobile major, told TOI that Gupta tore her wife's kurta and stripped her. They hit her on her private parts and dragged her into their house, he alleged, continuing that as they kept thrashing his wife, one of Gupta's daughters took pictures of the assault on her mobile phone.

However when other locals gathered and a neighbour offered his wife a piece of cloth to cover herself up, the accused left the spot. "When I heard of the incident, I rushed home and took my wife and Mohan to a nearby private hospital. Mohan has been discharged. My wife is likely to be discharged tomorrow," said Yadav.

Expressing discontent over police action, Yadav claimed Gupta had been caught by the police the same day and later taken to Civil hospital for medical examination after he complained about chest pain. But he disappeared from hospital Friday morning. "How could he escape from police custody? Cops say they are conducting raids to nab Gupta and his family, but it seems there was pressure from the lawyers fraternity," Yadav alleged.

Civil lines police said that a case, under sections 323 (causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC, has been lodged and police teams have conducted raids to arrest Gupta. As for the other family members, a decision on whether to arrest them will be taken after the probe is complete, said an official.

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24 e-invite: Launch of DOGS! An Anthology of Comics, 7th August 2014 @ Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi?
Updated: 05 Aug 2014

Dear Fellow doglover's,

Do come for this event .

I will be giving a short talk on Sai Ashram Animal Shelter and the proceeds from the sales of the comics will come to the animals currently staying at the shelter.
It's a great initiative and I would love to see you in person!
Warmly ,
Mudita Chandra
Sai Ashram Animal Shelter
30 Satbari Farms,
Gaushala Road,
Chattarpur Mandir Road,
New Delhi
Directions- Take a left from Daffodil Hotel,Continue to go ahead for 1.5 kms and the shelter comes up on your left.

Please do come for our launch, and do circulate widely :)

‘DOGS!’ is an anthology of comics dedicated to life’s canine companions. It features artists and writers from both India and the U.S.

Aditya Dipankar | Aniruddha Sen Gupta| Cristina Mezuk | Dyuti Mittal | Jack Zaloga | Jeremy Stoll | Mindy Indy | Orijit Sen | Patrick Goussy | Prayas Abhinav | Priya Kuriyan | Pia Hazarika | Shohei Emura | Vidyun Sabhaney

‘DOGS!’ is the second endeavour of Captain Bijli Comics, a comics publishing project based in New Delhi which aims to promote collaboration amongst comics creators and develop new content and dialogue in comics. Visit: captainbijli to know more.

View previews here: media/set/ ?set=a.697552353608860.1073 741826.465376016826496&typ e=3

Date & Venue: 7th August 2014 @ Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi.
Time: 6:30 pm.

Vidyun Sabhaney

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25 People for Paws
Updated: 31 Jul 2014

From: people for paws <>

Hi friends...I along with my friends have started with a group called People for Paws...we are based in Delhi and working very hard to give the stray animals a better life. We are college students and recently had our first campaign to help the animals in need. Please join us in our movement of spreading awareness and giving the abandoned pets a loving home. We also help in adoptions and other needs.

Also as we are shortly coming up with our official website, we would like you to share your experience and pictures as an animal lover. You can describe your experiences with your pets or any related matter to share with the world.

Send us your articles at

Your support will be appreciated.

Namishtah Arora
People for paws
(A generous act. A benefited life.)

twitter: @PeopleForPawsIn

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Updated: 31 Jul 2014

Another very nice article by hiranmay da


Thursday, 31 July 2014 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

The man-animal arbitrary divide justifies the worst form of atrocities that humans commit on animals. It leads to a mindset that then turns viciously on mankind

In Nobel prize-winning author JM Coetzee's The Lives of Animals, Elizabeth Costello, the principal protagonist, said during a lecture, “Let me say it openly, we are surrounded by an enterprise of degradation, cruelty and killing, which rivals anything that the Third Reich was capable of, indeed, dwarfs it, in that ours is an enterprise without end, self-regenerating, bringing rabbits, rats, poultry, livestock ceaselessly into the world for the purpose of killing them.”

She was referring to the meat-processing and catering industries' practice of breeding living beings for slaughter but her entire speech in the novel dwelt on human treatment of animals, the essence of which she summed up at one place as “man is godlike, animals thinglike”. Charles Patterson makes same point in, Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust, “The main coping mechanism that humans employed [to justify their treatment of animals] was the adoption of the view that they were separate from and morally superior to, the other animals….The relationship of humans to other beings became what it is today — one of domination, control, and manipulation — with humans making life-or-death decisions concerning what were now ‘their' animals”.

From here, it was a small step to the mindset that demands genocide of an animal category — frequently stray dogs — on the ground that they might bite or otherwise harm people. Incidents of stray dogs killing — or even attacking — human beings are far fewer than those of humans killing others of their species. Nobody, for that reason, calls for their mass slaughter or deportation into forests. Instead, there is a growing cry for humane treatment of human murderers and even the abolition of death penalty.

In the case of stray dogs, even an allegation, however false, leads to a chorus for mass slaughter or exile, or action like the Vadodara municipality's order for the eviction of all stray dogs from the premises of its school, which blatantly violates the Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules, 2001, the law of the land, which lays down that stray dogs can only be removed for sterilisation and vaccination and, both done, have to be brought back to where they had been taken from.

The actual incident in Vadodara, it is becoming increasingly clear, was very different from what was projected in a section of the media which has been carrying a murderous campaign against stray dogs. The girl, who had allegedly been mauled by a pack of stray dogs, had accidentally stepped on the tail of a sleeping dog. The latter barked suddenly and jumped in self-defence (which resulted in the minor injury), in response to which four other dogs started barking. The girl ran in panic (not chased by any dog) and hit her head against a tree resulting in an injury.

Media's distorted coverage of the incident is a result of bias and hatred, and the unquestioning acceptance of their version by a majority of people is attributable to their ignorance — and consequently fear — of animals and the tendency to regard them as a category distinct from, and less than equal to, humans who could do with them as they pleased. The same approach was in evidence in the indescribably savage manner in which pigs were caught by policemen in Kolkata, dumped into trucks and removed to the city's dumping ground for rubbish, where some of them were found dead presumably because of overcrowding during transportation.

The pigs were thus exiled because they were ‘hosts’ of the Japanese encephalitis virus, an outbreak of which had occurred in North Bengal. But even if preventive action was justified in Kolkata, was it necessary to have conducted the removal so cruelly? Would they have been so treated had they been humans?

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27 SOS: Vadodara Municipal Corporation's circular against stray animals?
Updated: 31 Jul 2014

Dear all,

Based on a very reliable source of information from someone who has observed the goings on at Bhawans, I wish to go on record about the half told and misreported episode of the dog bite event that happened last week at the Bhawans school at Vadodara. 

The actual events unfolded as follows: the girl child was going from one class to another when she accidentally stepped on the tail of a sleeping dog. The dog barked suddenly and jumped in self defense (which resulted in the minor injury), in response to which four other dogs started barking too. The girl ran in panic (not chased by any dog) and hit her head against a tree resulting in an injury. This injury accounted for the alleged “mauling by a pack of stray dogs.”
Everyone at the Bhawans, be it the authorities or the parents, are aware that the stray dogs had nothing to do with the incident and that the Management was bad and the parents wanted the principal and the vice principal out. To get their long pending demands met by the otherwise deaf Management, the parents needed just one spark which the above incident provided.
Due to this hatred campaign against the street dogs by the media, (exaggeration ranging from mauling, one bite to eighteen bites to twenty bites, one child bitten to three children bitten) irreparable damage has been done to the cause of animal welfare and peaceful mutual co-existence. It has been a huge set back to the ongoing Animal Birth Control programme and biggest of all, has resulted in the spread of hatred against stray dogs. The minds of innocent young children have been poisoned forever against stray dogs.
Humanity has indeed gone down the drain, to the extent that the stray dogs were made a scapegoat. I hope it is realized how the misreporting of facts has ripped apart the feeling of compassion and spread hatred among the people in Vadodara for stray dogs! The relentless campaign against stray dogs shows just how much man can stoop to achieve his goals.
On behalf of the stray dogs and the enraged animal welfare fraternity, I  have demanded an apology from the media for misreporting facts, Municipal Corporation for coming out with circulars that blatantly violate the law without looking into the real picture and the Bhawans authorities for making the dogs a scapegoat.
For everyone who is astonished and appalled by this misreported event that has done damage beyond imagination to the cause of animal welfare in Vadodara, please write to the authorities asking for an apology.


Dear fellow animal lovers,

I write to you to seek your support to withdraw a circular (No. 55/2014-15) released by the Nagar Prathmik Shikshan Samiti, Vadodara Municipal Corporation dated 21st of July. It came in response to a dog biting episode that occurred in one of the premier schools of Vadodara.
The circular reads as follows when translated to English, “Sub: Animals roaming in the school compound. This is for the information of the Principal/In-charge of all the primary schools run by the Samiti (Nagar Prathmik Shikshan Samiti) that animals like dogs, cows, buffaloes etc are found roaming in the compounds of the schools run by the Samiti. To maintain cleanliness in the schools and for the welfare of the students, no animals are to be allowed in the school.  This information is to be conveyed to the schools and the class IV employees.  If these orders are not followed and any student suffers any problem, the responsibility shall lie with the Principal of the school. Let it be specially noted.”
In immediate response to this, we received a call from one of the Corporation run schools, where four of our dogs have been living for the past eight years, asking to remove the dogs from their premises. 

Now the matter has gone upto the Collector and the District Education Officer has been instructed to carry out inspections in all the schools of Vadodara and submit the report within this one month. The authorities are playing very safe by not mentioning anything against the dogs in the media but are doing the needful in the most discreet manner possible, a proof of which is this circular. Also, one of the key officials of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, who does not wish to go on record, has told that there is immense political pressure on the authorities to take action against stray dogs.
I would also like to bring to your notice that the fundamental issues were quality of food, infrastructure development, formation of PTA, security problems with regard to which parents of the said school where the biting incident took place, had long term grievances with the school management authorities. Under the broad heading of “dog attack” these issues are now being dealt with.
The Animal Welfare Board of India promptly responded to the crisis and has written to the Municipal Commissioner. Also, a very insightful article on the said issue written by Shri. Hiranmay Karlekar appeared in the Pioneer yesterday.
If you could please spare a couple of minutes to write to the concerned authorities in Vadodara to withdraw the said circular, I will be grateful to you. May I also request you to write to the Times of India, who in a series of articles have ripped the cause apart. 

District Collector, Vadodara:
Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara:
District Education Officer, Vadodara: 

Times Of India:,,   

thanks and regards,
Kuhu Roy

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28 Dogs Who Mourn: Meet 4 Who Openly Grieved the Loss of Their Humans
Updated: 25 Jul 2014

I saw an article on care2 , definitely deserved to be here.

Dogs Who Mourn: Meet 4 Who Openly Grieved the Loss of Their Humans

Dogs Who Mourn: Meet 4 Who Openly Grieved the Loss of Their Humans

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Never let anyone tell you dogs don’t feel loss when their human companions die. Dogs are complex, devoted animals. They have a keen sense of loyalty. For some dogs, the death of a human friend is devastating and life changing.

These are the stories of four dogs who mourned the loss of their human friends in moving and extraordinary ways.

Little Man: The Dog Who Wouldnt Leave

Ronnie Ward spent a lot of time with his beloved bull terrier, Little Man. It’s no wonder, then, that Little Man refused to leave his side when Ward collapsed and died on July 11, 2014, while walking by the river near Oklahoma City.

Police reported that Little Man stood watch over his deceased friend in blistering near-100 degree heat, never leaving Ward’s side even to drink from the nearby river until Ward’s body could be removed from the scene. Authorities struggled to pull Little Man away from the body, but he fought them every step of the way. Early reports indicated Ward was a homeless man, but that was later determined to be inaccurate.

Little Man showed clear signs of sadness and depression at the animal shelter to which he was taken after police found Ward’s body. He refused to eat, drink or even lift his head.  HLN reported on the dog’s obvious distress at the loss of his companion here:

Don’t worry about Little Man, though. Ward’s daughter has adopted him, happy to give a home to her father’s faithful friend:

Figo: Final Respects to Fallen Police Partner with a Paw on Casket

Kentucky police officer Jason Ellis, 33, died in an ambush in 2013. He was a K-9 officer who worked daily with a police dog named Figo. They’d formed a strong bond, coming to depend on one another as they fought crime together. When Officer Ellis died, there was no question that Figo would attend his funeral along with throngs of other law enforcement workers.

Figo’s devotion touched many around the world when a moving image from the funeral went viral. Figo stepped up to his partner’s casket and touched it with his paw, appearing for all the world as though he was sending an affectionate and sad final farewell to Ellis. See it happen here:

“It seemed like the dog was aware of what was going on,” photographer Jonathan Palmer told Today. “His mannerisms, his posture. He went to the casket and put his paw on it. It was like he was inspecting it.”

The loss of a partner hits hard and Figo had to be retired after the loss of Ellis. The happy ending here is that Ellis family adopted the devoted dog, keeping all those who loved Jason Ellis together forever.

Matilda: She Wont Stop Returning to Scene of Fatal Crash

No one knows her real name, but locals in Makhachkala, Russia, call her Matilda. For at least two years now, the German Shepherd has refused to leave the spot of the car crash that killed her human friend, Artem Makovich.

The police think Makovich was out driving with Matilda, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a streetlight. Makovich died instantly. Matilda survived, though she was injured.

sad german shepherd

The police took care of her until she recovered. They tried to find her a new adoptive home, but she refuses to stay. She keeps returning to the scene of the accident, lying in the road at the spot where it happened. After several attempts to re-home Matilda, locals now realize that she won’t accept a new family. A kind local cafe owner now ensures she’s fed.

“I really feel sorry for the dog,” the cafe owner told The Daily Star. “She keeps coming back to the last place she saw her owner and must’ve had a great love for him. A few people have tried to take her home but she always runs back to the place where the accident happened.”

Hawkeye: Guarding the Coffin of His Navy SEAL at Funeral

Care2 readers may remember our coverage in 2011 of a Labrador Retriever named Hawkeye, the faithful dog who touched millions at the funeral of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson.

Tumilson, along with 29 other American troops, died when the Taliban shot down a helicopter in Afghanistan in August 2011. According to media reports, his dog Hawkeye was present for the funeral and did something remarkable right from the beginning of the service.

Hawkeye led Tumilson’s family down the aisle to their seats. He then followed Tumilson’s friend, Scott Nichols, as Nichols approached the podium to eulogize his fallen friend. Hawkeye padded forward, right up to the flag-draped casket. He then lay down on his side next to it with a sigh and remained there for the eulogy and the duration of the funeral.

See a brief snippet of Hawkeye beside Tumilson’s coffin during the funeral service here:

In a fitting final touch to this heartbreaking story, Nichols has adopted Hawkeye. It warms the heart to know that Tumilson’s two best friends have forged their own bond.

Can dogs really grieve for the dead? Behavioral experts are torn. Those who love dogs like the four in this story know the answer, however. Dogs can grieve. Some always will.

Read more:

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29 First Aid Service for Street Dogs/Animals* inNorth and West Delhi Region
Updated: 13 Jul 2014

JAAGRUTI™, a primarily family funded Trust registered on 24th December 2009 [with Registration Number 4763] is starting its on-site First Aid Service for Street Dogs/Animals* inNorth and West Delhi Region ONLY from July 2014 onwards. We now have our stock of medical supplies, and a team comprising of trained paravets and consultant vet on Board for this programme and are thus, ready to begin.

We request you all to read through this link that describes the way these services will operate, the charges, the type of cases we WILL/WILL NOT treat and the way you can avail the same by by calling us on our First Aid Request Number +91 - 845 901 9754 or send us an email on

Thanks and regards,

Vasudha Mehta

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30 Rani, the Indian dog from the Nadiad railway station
Updated: 13 Jul 2014

Respected sir,
I want to share with you the story of an Indian dog that I brought to Baroda from the Nadiad railway station.
On 10th of July, I received an SOS call from a lady traveling from Baroda to Ahmadabad. Her train had stopped at the Nadiad railway station and she noticed an Indian dog who had been apparently hit by a train and had its front legs compromised. I called up a few locals but none had any contacts in the city, which was 70 odd kilometers from my home. I pondered for another ten minutes and decided to leave for Nadiad. I was perhaps heading for the most adrenaline pumping journey because I had the least possible details of the dog and in a city I was not familiar with. To add on to that, I had no one to guide me on the location. 

It was around 8pm that I was able to reach the destination. I could hear my heart thumping as I approached the officials to ask about the dog because I was fearing the worst. The Railway police was an uncooperative lot. Then I went to the Station Master who perhaps found it amusing but realized very soon that I mean business after getting a polite doze from me. His subordinate approached me with the information and guided where to go and what route to take. Bless him. I dashed off to the tracks of the last platform. Another gentleman on the way provided me with more details. To that, more information was added up by an aged gentleman working near the tracks. 

When there is a will, there is always a way. In a secluded room in the pitch dark was a dog with bloody front legs. I was shaken and paused for a second because I feared being late. Because God is great, she was breathing. Tears rolled down because there was sheer inconclusiveness about this endeavour that finally terminated with hope.

Before we began our journey back she had the painkiller, antibiotic and the tetanus injection for some relief. Half an hour on the way, the beautiful eyes looked at me. Having got some temporary relief from the ordeal, she was curious to look around. I kept talking to her, addressing her as Rani so as to familiarize her with the name. The remainder of the route, she went off to sleep. On reaching Baroda at 1030pm, her wound was cleaned and she had a stomach full meal for a sound sleep through the night. 

Rani will undergo amputation surgery this morning. Her right front leg will be cut at the stump, and in the left one, only a single digit remains in the paw. I had the option of letting her go but there was also the option of saving her and see recovery happen. I chose the latter because I see hope in her eyes and the fighter breed that the Indian dogs are, my conscience has allowed me to take this decision. Post surgery, either I will see her healing or heading for the bad. 

I am confident somewhere in my heart that my Rani will emerge as the true Queen fighting all odds. I am planning to get custom made shoes for her stump that will give her a paw like cushion effect. Perhaps I am being overambitious, but I am confident that it will work out.
Sir, please keep my daughter in your prayers. I will keep appraising you about her status.
warm regards,

Anando Das Gupta 942
31 Understand the laws pertaining to animal welfare
Updated: 05 Jul 2014


Dear All,

AWBI has taken cognizance  and have issued a strong advisory to RWA-Close North, Nirvana Country. Content of the advisory is mentioned below. Moreover, AWBI has also promised all possible support to us on this matter.
We hope that a better sense would prevail with the RWA and they will act on requirements as outlined by AWBI.
We would also like to thank you for your continued support and wishes on this matter.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anjali Sharma <>
Date: Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: Understand the laws pertaining to animal welfare
To: Pet Parent Association <>
Cc:, GurgaonShri Rajeev Sharma Municipal Commissioner <>, "dr.rammehar kharb" <>,, board gmail <>

Dear Pet Parent Association,
I am an Executive Committee Member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, and its legal adviser. After a perusal and due consideration of the contents of your mail, I have been required by the Chairperson, AWBI, Maj.Gen. (Retd.) Dr. R.M. Kharb, AVSM, to respond.
Your mail, and its contents are very apt.
Indeed the RWA must do what you have required them to do, i.e. as requested by you -
  • Prominently display AWBI circular dated 20th Feb on all notice boards (both electronic and physical) across the society
  • Instruct your BOM members, estate office personnel and other support staff to understand and abide by the laws pertaining to animal welfare
  • Moderate and restrict such discussions / comments on online and offline forums / gatherings managed by your RWA that may instigate and spread hatred against animals and people who tend and care for animals.

In fact, the RWA is supposed to ensure that the laws of the land are upheld, and never sit back and allow infringements and violations to take place.

Please continue to stand up strongly against breaches of law. You will be happy to know that the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India itself, has in a judgment pronounced on 7th May, held animal rights to be an issue of seminal importance, and issued directions to the central and state governments, and all public authorities to strongly uphold animal protection laws.

If you require the Board's support in any manner, kindly let us know.


Anjali Sharma, Advocate
Member, Animal Welfare Board of India

On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM, Pet Parent Association <>wrote:


The President (Attn Shri S K Chadha)


The Close North, Nirvana Country,

Sector 50, Gurgaon

Copy to: Chairperson PFA, Chairman AWBI, Commissioner MCG and Legal Advisor to the AWBI

Subject: Understand the laws pertaining to animal welfare.

Dear Sir,

It has been observed that in your society there are increased incidents of animal cruelty and harassment of people who tend and feed stray dogs that resides in your gated community.

Moreover, the online forums like apartment-adda and google groups that are directlymanaged by you are being used to harass, intimidate and spread hatred against law abiding citizens that care for animals.

Some of these communication and email postings are not only intimidating but also provoking in nature, wherein others might get instigated to remove stray from gated community, socially boycott people who care for stray animals, inform landlords to evict them, put illegal restrictions etc.

We would like to draw your attention to the attached AWBI circular dated 20thFebruary which outlines and set out what is lawful, and what is unlawful, on the subject of treatment or mistreatment of pet dogs and street dogs.

As RWA you are supposed to make all residents aware of such important circulars and regulations related to community well-being including animal welfare.

You are requested to:

  • Prominently display AWBI circular dated 20th Feb on all notice boards (both electronic and physical) across the society
  • Instruct your BOM members, estate office personnel and other support staff to understand and abide by the laws pertaining to animal welfare
  • Moderate and restrict such discussions / comments on online and offline forums / gatherings managed by your RWA that may instigate and spread hatred against animals and people who tend and care for animals.
We hope that you will be a part of change and contribute by educating those found breaking the rule of the land.


Team - PPA

Pet Parents Association

Nirvana Country, Gurgaon

Anando Das Gupta 432
Updated: 05 Jul 2014

5th July 2014

Major General R.M.Kharb AVSM


Animal Welfare Board of India

Dear Maj. Gen.Kharb

This is to report to you about the brutality, lawlessness and insensitivity of La Lagune Apartment (Gurgaon) Security and administration. The complaint is based upon evidences and facts to substantiate below mentioned activities and cruelties which they committed and should be held liable for repeated cruelties despite the warnings given to them;

1. The    threw out 2-3 days old pups away from their mother at the roadside. A chaiwala next to the apartments looked after then for a day or two after which he put them back with the mother who was feeding them.

2. The Apartment administration has  outsourced the maintenanace and house keeping (CBRE) and the estate managers Ranjit and Deepak ordered the guards to throw the pups in the bin. Their mobile nos have been given at the end of the mail.. After explaining the correct way to the guards, we even had a meeting with deepak from CBR,who was given a copy of RWA guidelines on the strays and a copy of MCG Commissioners order passed in some similar gurgaoan.We instructed him to put these informations on the guard rooms and in the office,but he ignored that.He even lied to us that he has not thrown out the dogs, even though he kept on doing it.

3. Sensing dishonesty in their attitude, We left our mobile numbers in case anyone would like to speak with us regarding this instead of taking a drastic step.

4. It is 10 days now and silently and hushed up manner all new born pups have been thrown away. As we approached them, that night they have beaten the dogs and shooed them far away. The neighborhood people have even seen them drowning pups in the manhole next to La lagune.When we made noise about the missing dogs, few dog hater residents banned our entry at la lagune.

5. Suspicious about whatever they did to the dogs, I and  Alisha went to talk to the guards and administration. The guards and their supervisor named RATHI issued threats and intimidation to push us out. They were abnormally harsh and abusive with  Alisha ( police report diary no is-0681,Police Station-sec-56 ).They told us that they didnt want to see anyone feeding the dogs or they would use physical violence.They even pushed me through my shoulder.He placed his finger on my shoulder and I called on 100 for police protection. Police came ignorantly took their side as is expected of 100 no. in Gurgaon.

6. The very next day we learnt through a dog lover who wants to be anonymous  that they have either killed or thrown the mother and the two remaining new born puppies somewhere in the jungle side where they were taking them away.

7. We have videos to show how these security and residents got huge big fighter trained dogs to strangulate and kill these weak mothering stray dogs.A police complaint filed with ps-sec-56,diary no..0682 n photo attached)  

Ironically, the police station at sec-56 is illiterate in animal laws, outdated in their sensitivities towards non-human species and easily accept cruelty as a way of life.

We request you to send a warning note to the SHO Police Station Sector 56, Gurgaon and The Commissioner Police to take URGENT ACTION against RATHI the supervisor at La Lagune and all those with him who perpetrated this cruelty.The police has also defied the Hon’ble Supreme Court Order on dog feeders and dog habitat protection. They should bring back the dogs from wherever they have thrown them or accept the responsibility of killing them.


Vice President WAH.
9899 4747 90

We....( Alisha Sharma from Golf course road and Sangeeta Luthra from Sec-56) feed the stray dogs everyday on the Golf corse road,sec-55 and sec-56 dogs..


WAH Team (2013-2014)
(Amita Singh, Amit Korpal, Sangeeta Luthra, Prema Swaminathan.)
Walk for Animal & Habitat
Anando Das Gupta 408
33 More cruelty at Chandigarh on Dogs
Updated: 05 Jun 2014

Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:45:39 -0700
Subject: Re: Failure of ABC programme in chandigarh

Dear All,
Please read the mail below sent by one of our most active volunteers, Dr. Sushma Date. I think it is high time that the authorities listen to reason and behave in a manner fit for their position. Are they really so ignorant and inefficient that they cannot even get such a simple program in place especially when there are so many volunteers ready to collaborate with the MC? I hope the Municipal Commissioner of Chandigarh reads this mail along with the matter I have copy pasted below and gets his people to fall in line. Kashish, please feel free to forward this to him as well as the media that are only looking for eyeballs. Maybe a caustic mail like mine mocking their stupidity and ignorance will make them do what is needed. (I am sorry that I am writing like this but I don't think niceties work any more.) If necessary please arrange a morcha or protest come awareness march in Chandigarh. I am attaching the document we used for ours which was sponsored by Phoenix Market City Mall. We also had the Marathi translation on the back of the page.
I have again attached the documents that will help you get the ABC implemented.
Following is the mail that was sent by Dr. Sushma Date

On Sunday Deccan Gymkhana Parisar samiti (DGPS) had its annual "Meet the Corporators" event where residents of Prabhag 36 were invited to come and grill our two Nagarsevaks, Mr Rane and Mrs Sahasrabhddhe on civic issues in the ward. 
Last year, when we had this meeting, there were lots of hostile questions on stray dogs by angry people asking why the PMC wasn't doing anything about the stray dog problem. To our pleasant surprise, this Sunday everything else was discussed - roads, traffic, parking problems, garden waste, parks, hills, encroachments - but not a single question on stray dogs!

This is because of the successful stray dog sterilization program we have been conducting in our ward. We have got 400 + dogs sterilized over the last two years, of which around 300 are from our ward (the rest are from Karvenagar, Kothrud and Model Colony).  DGPS has also worked with the Nagarsevaks and the Ward Office to promote segregation, composting of wet waste and connecting residents to door to door garbage collectors. This has led to 28 out of 35 garbage containers in the Prabhag being permanently removed from the roadsides. 
Due to these two factors we've noticed a dramatic decrease in the so called problems attributed to strays - packs hanging near garbage bins, pack aggression during mating season, females delivering their litters in societies and parks and then turning aggressive to keep their puppies safe, puppies dying under cars or of distemper etc etc.

There are of course plenty of stray dogs in our area - but since most have been neutered, they're not perceived as a problem any more.

To read more about our event please click on this link to the DGPS website. Thanks :)


Posted by: Sushma Date

From: Kashish -heaven
Cc:; Ajay Marathe ; nandini kakar ;; Darshan Kumar ; Jagdish Kochar ; Siri Krishan Sharma ; Smt. Maneka Gandhi ; Norma Alvares ; anjali ; rishi dev ; hiranmay karlekar ; lisa warden ; Chinny Krishna ; pet shipping luke ; Madhu Goyal ; Ramaswamy Srinivasan ; n g jayasimhan ;; Amita Singh ;; Amit Korpal ;; sonya ghosh ;;; MAJUMDAR Shakuntala ; JAISIMHA NG-PetaIndia ; A. Akkineni ; ABRAMS Erica ; Abhishek Raje ; SHARMA Anjali Adv. KUMAR Anjani Dr. ; KARLEKAR Hiranmay ;; SHUKLA Ambika ; roxanne davur ; abodh ; abod ; ruchi nadkarni ; 
Sent: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:04 PM
Subject: Failure of ABC programme in chandigarh

Respected sir,
This is to bring your notice that  stray dogs of Chandigarh are being subjected to a 'well-managed and properly funded' cruelty. MC(Municipal Corp.), SPCA and PFA were inefficient in executing the ABC programme in Chandigarh.
The patience of the citizens wore out when a female dog bit 6-7 individuals of sector 20.The dog was dropped by the MC people at SPCA shelter. She was accused of being rabid but the doctor stated that it was quite a friendly dog with a healthy appetite which rules out the question of her being rabid .She died the next day and  doctor couldn't identify what caused it but he stated that there's a possibility that she was beaten as he found out bruises and swelling on her body.
[Some people later informed the authorities that the female gave birth to few puppies which were killed or taken away from her in an attempt to get rid of the stray dogs in that neighborhood due to which she got reasonably disturbed and for that she was dealt with offensively and then she bit a few people. After that she was caught by the MC staff with a net and was beaten with sticks by the outraged public until she fell unconscious ]
[For the record, few months back some puppies in my locality were given DDT insecticide and nobody could do anything about it as there are no effective organisations to take care of it.
The media amplified the dog bite issue by mentioning that the same dog bit 20 people in a day and 40 cases of dog bites are being reported each day. The issue is being misinterpreted by different entities.
There is a complete outbreak of violent behaviour with animals.
The following scenarios can be seen and heard everywhere in the city-
1. People chasing away dogs with sticks and stones in order to flush them out of their localities.
2.People and even animal lovers are avoiding to give food and water to the stray dogs in a hope that it might drive them out of their neighborhood.
3. Several protests are being made by some resident welfare associations to pursue the administrations to  get rid of the city dogs either by euthanzing them or simply dragging them out to the city's outskirt green areas.
4.Dogs being displaced by their respective  neighborhood residents by the means if bribing the NGO or MC drivers.
5. Dogs on the run from sector-to-sector in the hope of  migrating to a better locality where people are not eager to hunt them down and kick them out.
All of this is being done on the name of a sudden suspected 'rabies breakout' among the dogs.
The situation is becoming worse day by day and the patience of the MC and administration wearing out gradually.
Several discussions are  being held by MC, PFA and High court of Chandigarh but they are unable to find a solution to the problem.
Various suggestions like euthanizing all the city dogs, 'killing' the furious dogs and making a dog pound to dump all the city dogs are also being put forth by the MC commissioners and higher authorities.
SPCA's president Dr.J.C Kochar(who was inefficient in guiding the programme through his experience in the respective field) has recently resigned and cleaned his hands out of the mess.
Current SPCA administration has clearly stated that a hospital/ rehabilitation centre for animals should avoid executing the ABC programmes as it often results in victimizing the dog by infection in the hospital and a improper treatment.
They are expecting the govt. to form a separate ABC unit in the city and that it's effectiveness should be monitored frequently by a  authority that is relatively more concerned than the administration itself.
The situation is worsening day by day and the media is fueling the rebellion. One can clearly predict that any further harm by any stray dog might result in inhumane behavior of authorities and the citizens regardless of the behaviour of the voiceless animal.
I am attaching a few newspaper articles that might make the situation more clear to you.
We beg you for an immediate intervention and kindly direct the administration in planning a healthy programme. Many of us expect to see someone from India's most reliable animal welfare body i.e AWBI to prevent this mass murder.
Thank you.
Yours sincerely,
Kashish Kumar

Anando Das Gupta 1991
34 Shoddy ABC being done in Chandigarh
Updated: 03 Jun 2014

Please see the AWBI protocols for the ABC programme here :

On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM, Madhu Goyal <> wrote:
Dear Jaspreet,
The female dog's caregiver and other animal lovers should get together and register an FIR against the MC for breaking the law. If I'm not wrong, there's a Supreme Court ruling that even so-called 'nuisance' dogs cannot be removed from their habitat. They can only be removed for sterilization/vaccination and then returned. Since this dog was already sterilized, the MC went against the said Supreme Court ruling, and should be hauled up for it.
In similar circumstances here in Delhi, FIRs were lodged against both MCD and NDMC, who have since desisted from picking up spayed/neutered/'biting' dogs.
Please see below attached mails from other very worried animal lovers detailing detailing the woes of Chandigarh's stray dogs, to which they tell me there has been no response from AWBI.

Please consider creating an online petition against the offending agencies; publicize the issue as far as possible.
Madhu Goyal

Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:19:13 -0700
Subject: ABC program in Chandigarh

The Chairman,
Animal Welfare Board of India
Dear Sir,
I once again appeal to you for your immediate intervention and help in saving the dogs in Chandigarh from the brutality that is being inflicted upon them in the name of birth control. I am enclosing photographs of two dogs-one male and one female that had been picked up by the dog catching squad of the municipal corporation, Chandigarh. Both the dogs were absolutely healthy when they had been brought to the shelter.The male dog (the one who has a red collar around his neck) was picked up for neutering while the female dog was already spayed (ear notched). The male dog was neutered at SPCA and stayed at the shelter till his surgical wound healed. The female dog (extremely friendly) also stayed at the shelter for a long period because the municipal corporation people refused to take her back and insisted that she be kept there for some more days as some people had complained that she was biting. Both the dogs were released a few days back. Both of them are now back at the SPCA shelter as both are very sick. The lady, Ms.Sonia (09988333703) who looks after them informed that they both had stopped eating after their release and had become very listless clearly indicating that they had caught the infection during their stay at the shelter. She was in tears when she got them to the shelter yesterday. Both the dogs were absolutely healthy when they had been brought to the shelter by the municipal corporation staff. Can such a program that sends sterilised dogs back with some infection which could be fatal for them in case of no one looking after them ever prove to be effective in controlling their population?
I would very humbly like to ask Sir, will this brutality in the name of animal birth control be allowed to continue by the apex animal welfare body.
I place my trust in your response.
Jaspreet Sidhu
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From: Drritusidhu <>
To: "" <
Cc: ",," <
Sent: Friday, 30 May 2014 5:24 PM
Subject: Killing of stray dogs

Dear sir/madam, I am writing this mail to express my shock over the "limited killing" of stray dogs(an article regarding this appeared in the papers). As a so called civilised society, is this what we want to teach our children? Killing stray animals is not only cruel but is also not a complete solution to the problem. It seems this decision is being taken to hide the inefficiency of our society to deal with animals. In stead of this,why can we not raise awareness about animal shelters and animal sterilisation which will also help to sensitise the society towards such issues . Special units for sterilisation which are separate from animal shelters are the need of the hours. As an animal lover,I sincerely request you to look into this matter and help us raise awareness regarding it. Regards ,Dr Ritu Sidhu,SKINVEDA,Scf 5,sector 10-D,Chandigarh.
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: roopika dhillon <>
Sent: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 5:54 PM
Subject: Urgent intervention requested

Maj.Gen.( Retd.) Dr.R.M.Kharb,
Animal Welfare Board of India.

Subject - Animal welfare being compromised due to gross negligence and vested human interests.

Dear Sir,
This is to bring into your notice the inefficient manner by which the ABC ( animal birth control ) programme is being run by SPCA Chandigarh.There is no criteria that is being followed.Dogs are being picked up at random irrespective of their age and other medical conditions.The staff deployed by the M.C to catch them is not trained at all.They catch dogs in the most brutal and in humane way.Most dogs are bleeding profusely when they are brought to the shelter.This makes them more fearful and aggressive towards humans.No SPCA official accompanies the dog catching squad to advice/supervise over them.Very often already operated dogs are brought to the shelter.The attitude is so careless that the operation theatre has been functioning without  an O.T light and the ABC unit is never disinfected as per the rules,resulting in infection being passed on easily from one dog to the other.Sadly,the doctors who operate upon them do so solely with the objective of getting the Rs.1000/-  as sanctioned for sterilisation per dog.Dr.Raman Sharma does not even bother to check the health or age of the dogs that are brought to him for surgery.Recently he operated upon a very old white coloured female dog that had been picked up by the M.C from sector 22.The dog was in extreme pain and discomfort after the surgery and although a volunteer brought it into the notice of the said doctor,he chose to ignore her condition.As expected,her old body could not take the stress of such a major surgery and she died a painful death soon after.
Another shocking incident is that of a female dog operated upon on the 23rd of March 2014 and on paper it was shown that she was released on the 27th of April 2014 although she is still at the shelter.On being questioned,Dr.Raman Sharma said it was done at the insistence of Mr.Darshan Kumar ( executive secretary ) as by showing the dog to have been released,they would be able to claim the remuneration for the same by the M.C.This clearly proves that there is something terribly wrong in the way this programme is being run here.Healthy and diseased dogs are handled by the same staff.As a result,in no time they too catch the deadly virus and die a painful death.No segregation is done to make sure sick dogs are kept away and attended to by separate staff members so as to minimise the risk of infection.It is truly heart wrenching to see the plight of the poor animals there.Very sadly I have to state that hardly any dog comes out of the shelter alive and healthy.And all because of the inefficient and lax attitude and lack of will to make a few changes.
Sadly,the programme is being  run only because it is considered money generating by Dr.Kochar.The whole idea of the well being of animals is lost somewhere in the middle of petty egos and vested interests.The entire ABC programme has been reduced to a game of numbers whereby the aim is only to show how many dogs have been cut open without any concern regarding the plight of these poor animals thereafter.I would request you to please look into the matter deeply.The ABC programme going in in chandigarh needs to be independently reviewed to assess its effectiveness and efficiency and also to assess whether SPCA Chandigarh is even equipped to carry out the programme under the prevailing circumstances whereby every aspect of prevention of cruelty to animals is being compromised.
With Regards,
Roopika Dhillon
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: nandini kakar <>
Sent: Friday, 4 April 2014 1:26 PM
Subject: SPCA Chandigarh- Animal Birth Control Program


Sh NG Jayasimha,

Director HSI and Member Animal Welfare Board of India

Subject :   Help regarding the functioning of SPCA

Chandigarh specifically in determining

whether it is Primarily an ABC Unit or a shelter

for sick and injured street animals?

Dear Sh Jayasimha,

I am writing to you to seek help regarding certain issues related to the functioning of SPCA Chandigarh particularly the Animal Birth Control Program being carried out in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh. I have observed that in almost all the meetings of the Executive Committee and even other informal meetings that the ABC program is always a top priority in the agenda with the focus only on increasing the number of surgeries with complete disregard to other very important aspects like providing a clean, aseptic environment before and after surgery, proper diet and proper post-operative care which are never discussed.  Although Dr JC Kochar, a private vet practitioner and President, SPCA often makes statements that ABC is not the job of SPCA, yet it is always treated by him as the most important activity/job of SPCA Chandigarh with the welfare of animals always taking a backseat.

There was a lot of hue and cry the last time the ABC program was stalled in the month of November, 2013. I would like to apprise you of the reasons why the program was got stalled. The program was stalled as there were a lot of complaints of dogs (brought by the Municipal Corporation for ABC to SPCA) falling sick after their release. There were 23 such reported cases. All the dogs were sent back to the SPCA hospital and all were diagnosed to be suffering from Distemper. Some of these dogs were brought back by the dog catching squad of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, some by the SPCA staff and some were brought by the good samaritans looking after them. In all probability, these dogs (that were absolutely healthy when they were brought to the shelter) had caught the distemper virus during the period of recuperation after surgery. This fact was brought to the notice of Dr JC Kochar, President by Dr Abul Wafa, the veterinary doctor at SPCA. I had also apprised him of the situation and had also sent videos of some of the dogs in an e-mail. These reported cases were of dogs that were being looked after by people of the areas which these dogs inhabited. I shudder to think of the fate of the other dogs that might have caught the virus during their stay at the SPCA hospital and had no one looking after them. No one bothered to look into the matter. Instead an e-mail was circulated by Dr SK Sharma (Patron-cum-Advisor,SPCA) with the subject New Year Guidelines for SPCA Chandigarh. One of the points was regarding ABC in which he had mentioned that no interruption or halting of this work would be permissible by anyone's individual impulse (meaning me) or opinion and without obtaining prior written orders in that direction from the President. The e-mail did not name the individual at whose impulse or opinion the said program was stopped. I very humbly ask - can stalling of a program due to such a huge loss of innocent lives be termed an individual's impulse? As per the Constitution of SPCA Chandigarh, one of the purposes for which the Society has been established is " To prevent all forms of cruelty to animals". This is point number i) of para 3 of the Constitution which states the objects for which the Society is established. Is it justified to carry out a program in such a manner that it leads to such a huge loss of lives? Does it not defeat the basic purpose for which the Society has been established? Does it not amount to infliction of cruelty on the hapless animals?

Sir, the Animal Birth Control Program has been going on in Chandigarh for more than 10 years now and yet no sector in the city can be termed a "PUPPY FREE ZONE" clearly indicative of the failure / ineffectiveness of the program. The method of implementation needs to focus on achieving the twin objectives of completing a locality (i.e. sterilizing all the female dogs in it) before moving on to an adjacent area and of turning localities into puppy-free zones with static populations. However, the insistence is always on numbers ignoring the fact that in such eventuality of chasing the 'numbers', the main purpose gets defeated. Repeated requests to carry out the program in a systematic manner covering one sector first before moving to the other have fallen on deaf ears. Whenever I have raised this issue at any meeting, Dr Kochar has always stated that we should let the municipal corporation handle this as it is not our job. I always ask him that if it is not our job then why do we always insist on doing it and in turn ignore the huge number of sick animals at the shelter to which he never has any reply and simply walks away.

I would also like to discuss the issue of Anaesthesia. Most of us know that Ketamine - one of the drugs used for sedation during surgery is not available in the market without a licence. In the meeting of the Executive Committee of SPCA held on 18th March,2014 this issue was discussed. It was suggested by almost all the veterinarians(most of them very senior veterinarians) that in place of Xylazin and Ketamine a combination of either Xylazin and Diazepam or Xylazin and Atropine could be used although the veterinary doctor at SPCA Dr Raman Sharma was not in favour of this as he said that these were pre-anaesthetic drugs and he had never done any surgery with either of the two combinations suggested. He was very strongly told by the other senior veterinarians present to try one of these combinations. Will we always keep subjecting the hapless animals to trial and error methods? After the meeting, I discussed this issue with a few veterinarians who are regularly doing spaying/castration and no one approved of either of the combinations. I fail to understand what are we trying to achieve by subjecting innocent animals to this kind of torture in the name of animal birth control. Do the mute animals deserve this kind of treatment only because we humans want to control their population under a program that is being carried out in a haphazard manner?

The program is considered money-generating by Dr JC Kochar.  But, Sir, is it justified to carry out a program only because it is money-generating? Is it right to bring healthy animals to a shelter that is not disinfected, with the same veterinary doctor and animal attendants who attend to the sick animals going to the ABC Unit including the operation theatre with the same shoes on, carrying all the infection to that unit?

Is it not important to provide a clean, aseptic environment, proper equipment to the veterinary surgeon(s) (the operation theatre at SPCA Chandigarh has been functioning without an OT Light), proper post-operative treatment and care, a proper diet to the animals brought to the shelter under the program?

The Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001 framed for the program are never followed.

I completely support the Animal Birth Control program BUT only if done properly with the welfare of animals being top priority. It is very easy to order that dogs be brought to the shelter for ABC but what is most important is to ensure that they are handled humanely, provided a clean, aseptic environment and proper care and diet after surgery during the period of recuperation.

Presently there is only one veterinary doctor at SPCA, Chandigarh. The other doctor is on a long leave. There are around 70 dogs and 45 large animals that require treatment on a daily basis. The treatment (including administration of drip) of small and large sick and injured animals is being done by the animal attendants with the lone veterinary doctor busy in ABC. I humbly wish to ask- Have SPCAs been created only for ABC or are they supposed to provide treatment and care to the sick and injured animals?

Sir, please treat this as most urgent and intervene and help Review the Animal Birth Control (ABC) Program going on in Chandigarh for more than a decade to assess it’s effectiveness in minimising human-animal conflict and also assess whether or not SPCA Chandigarh is equipped to carry out the program under the prevailing circumstances.

I place my trust in your response.


Nandini Kakar

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35 Nice post on voice for strays about supreme court order on Jallikattu
Updated: 28 May 2014

Jallikattu Judgement: When the Supreme Court of India declared the rights of animals to be an issue of “Seminal Importance” (Part I)

The Supreme Court of India pronounced a landmark judgment in the matter titled “Animal Welfare Board of India Versus A. Nagaraja & Ors.”, and allied appeals and petitions, on the 7th of May, 2014. The use of bulls and bullocks in performances such as Jallikattu, bullock cart racing, etc., was banned.

In articles that will follow, we shall focus on the judgment itself, and how those of us that wish to, can use it as powerful precedent to help animals. Through this article we’re releasing, with permission, a part of the material that was before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, that perhaps prompted it to open its judgment in these terms :

“ We are, in these cases, concerned with an issue of seminal importance with regard to the Rights of Animals under our Constitution, laws, culture, tradition, religion and ethology, which we have to examine, in connection with the conduct of Jallikattu, Bullock-cart races etc. ….. ”

In the litigation that had spanned 7 years, the Supreme Court had, vide an order passed on 15th January, 2008, given elaborate directions so that jallikattu could be regulated, with safeguards for animals in place. The order passed by the Supreme Court can be seen HERE. One of the directions issued was that the Animal Welfare Board of India will appoint and authorize representatives to observe and videograph and compile and submit reports regarding the event. It is pursuant to this Supreme Court order of 15th January, 2008, that AWBI observers were allowed to witness the huge suffering inflicted on bulls during jallikattu, and the abuse they are subjected to.

This set of pictures, report, and videography by Dr. Manilal Valliyate, Animal Welfare Board of India observer, being released with this article with permission, pertain to 3 jallikattu events, conducted at Avanipuram on 14th January, 2013, at Palamedu on 15th January, 2013, and Alanganallur on 16th January, 2013 ; and were all placed before the Supreme Court of India.

Some of the documents before the Supreme Court
  • The investigation video can be seen here:


It will be apparent from all of these, that 5 years after the Apex Court itself tried to regulate jallikattu, the horrific abuse inflicted on the bulls was continuing.

In fact, the Judges, after elaborate consideration of data and various reports came to the conclusion that Jallikattu cannot be regulated, and that abuse is an unavoidable ingredient of any such event.

What is also relevant is that the State of Tamil Nadu had passed an enactment called the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act in the year 2009, which can be seen here. Despite the same, there was little or no ‘regulation’ of events aimed at protecting the animals forced to participate, and for the reasons stated in the judgment, the Supreme Court of India struck down the Tamil Nadu law.

The ‘news’ currently sought to be disseminated by many, is that Jallikattu bulls are being ‘sold for slaughter’ subsequent to the passing of the judgment. A historic judgment is sought to be assailed by vested interests, and by those who have not read it and considered its huge implications, and the impetus provided by it for animal rights. In fact, this is misinformation being actively propounded ; and what all of us need to keep in mind is that there exists an enactment known as the Tamil Nadu Animal Preservation Act, 1958, under which indiscriminate slaughter of bovines is an offence. If Jallikattu bulls are being sold for slaughter after the passing of the judgment, the penal provisions of the Tamil Nadu Animal Preservation Act, 1958 have stringently to be enforced. A reference to the same can be found here (at point number 22)

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36 Biased moronic article on Hindustan Times
Updated: 23 May 2014

If stray dogs are intruding into every nook and corner of human habitation and biting kids, their free-ranging counterparts are roaming the jungles and killing the young of mammals and ground-nesting birds.


If you argue that this is what they normally do, then stop putting food stations, picking up puppies and saving them (or at least apparently proclaim as being saved) and let nature take care of itself. When one starts favouring a species, it causes an imbalance in the subtle balance of nature."

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37 Pintu recovering from brutal shooting, police case in process.
Updated: 28 May 2014

Pintu recovering from brutal shooting, police case in process.

by ADMIN on MAY 21, 2014

Pintu was the victim of a brutal shooting on 13th May 2014 in which two other peacefully sleeping community dogs were killed by a retired army major. Village boys rushed Pintu to Animal Aid where we immediately began treating him for shock. A pellet had gone through his back and out the other side and Pintu was unable to stand or even move. While Pintu’s life-saving treatment continued, we rushed to pick up the two killed dogs from the village to the police station to report the horrific crime.

Pintu receiving I.V. fluids immediately after rescue on 13th May.

Pintu receiving I.V. fluids immediately after rescue on 13th May.

Udaipur’s newspaper covered the brutality, spreading awareness to thousands that cruelty mustn’t be tolerated.

Raj Patrika

Pintu’s condition had greatly improved by the following day, but it was then that we found that he was paralyzed in his hind limbs from the shooting.


Animal Aid trustee Neha Singh Banyal assists police in their investigation of the place the dogs were shot.

police investigate

Pintu has been showered with love ever since his arrival and we have high hopes that he will fully recover after several weeks of physical therapy. Today he received a special visit by a gentle young girl, Bhuvika, who is the granddaughter of Udaipur’s Maharana.


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38 Personal request : Please adopt these cuties?
Updated: 29 Apr 2014

Hey guys,

Last night I was walking my dogs in the MCD park of CR Park and I noticed that two toddler puppies have appeared out of thin air. As I walk my dogs and take care of community dogs I recognise all the dogs around that area and this was the first time I saw them. I asked the guards and they confirmed my fear that someone has dumped them in the evening.
They are less than 4 weeks old and as such I knew they would not survive outside so my conscience didnt allow me to just turn my back and walk away. I did the silliest thing possible, I got them home.
They are both absolutely adorable and surprisingly well mannered. I have known them for less than 24 Hours and they already sleep on my feet and slippers all the time. I have already got their de worming done and I will get them vaccinated in couple of days. If anyone adopts them I promise to also get them sterlised on my own cost by my vet.
Please understand as most of you already know me and know about me, I already have two dogs and cant keep a third one let alone forth especially because one of my dogs is very aggressive. If anyone is kind enough to adopt them and save a life it will be wonderful. Otherwise they will go to a shelter and their chances of survival will be very low. Though I will send them after their vaccinations and medications but we all know how the shelters in India are overwhelmed. Let me introduce you to two really cute puppies.
Meet Pegasus
Pegasus is absolutely regale and lovely. She loves you like anything but also keeps her space. After playing with you and licking you she finds a nice soft corner and goes to sleep.

Meet Dolphin
I named her Dolphin because when I first picked her up she made similar kind of noises. She is super friendly and wont leave your side for few minutes. She wants to be the centre of attention and dominates her sister. She will be a wonderful companion without a doubt.
Please adopt atleast one if not both , they are around 4 weeks old and will get a chance to have a good life.
My phone number as you guys know is +91 9810922367 and I live in south Delhi. Of course breeders need not apply.

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39 People For Animal's Lifestyle Carnival?
Updated: 24 Apr 2014

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40 Homemade pet delicacies
Updated: 23 Apr 2014


A genuine animal lover has started this endeavor, please support by spreading the word!
Shampa Dasgupta

All products are hand made with human grade ingredients, 100% Natural & genuine products.  Some of the key products offered are :

1. Dry Food (Kibble Form)                       2. Grain Free Food
3. Wet Food                                                    4. Nutritious Cookies (Apple Cinnamon/ Oats /Chicken and ma)
5. Pure Jerky's (Veg & Non Veg)          6. All Natural Chew Sticks (Veg & Non Veg)

Keen pet lovers may contact us on and kindly mention 'SAMPLE & The Product Name' on the subject line along with the following details for a free sample for their fur-kid.:

Pet Parent's Name :
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41 Dog burned Alive in New Delhi , Nizamuddin Area
Updated: 23 Apr 2014

Dog burned Alive in New Delhi , Nizamuddin Area . Please read the news below of the depravity of the human race.


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42 My Contribution in the House that you stay in , Abused Donkeys
Updated: 23 Apr 2014

You spend CRORES to buy your beautiful houses. And i spend MY LIFE to construct them for you, and trust me the builder does not pay me a single rupee for the hard work i do. Leave the pay, i do not even get my meals daily nor on time for my contribution. My legs are tied together so that i do not run away from the construction site in search of food which leaves me with wounds that never heal.

With an empty stomach and thirst i am loaded........."LOADED WITH PAIN". I do not get a weekend or a day off, it is only because i am "A DONKEY"

I am ready to work, all that I need is Love, Care, Food & JUSTICE.  Will you help me for a better living, help my brothers and sisters who are going through pain everyday. Look at the pictures below, they might have in some way contributed in building the beautiful house you stay in today.

JEAN & ROBERT HARRISON are doing a fantastic job of helping the donkeys survive and live a peaceful life under the banner of ASSWIN PROJECT.
Our humble request to you is...
  • Provide us volunteers to help us at the site with day to day activities (taking care of the Donkeys/ Horses or Dogs)
  • Need financial support to run the show much more effectively, one less Pizza in a month will help with a weeks food for an animal in need, PLEASE HELP

Contact Jyoti (Jo) on 098117 07905 or Varsha on 098107 02657 and for more details on the project please visit ASSWIN PROJECT on GOOGLE.

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43 A new dog boarding with facilities for post strerilisation/operative/accident care - Delhi
Updated: 14 Apr 2014


Happy Paws is a very sunny dog boarding that offers post sterilisation/operative/accident care.
It is run by Aarti Bhardwaj, a kind, gentle girl with magical hands ... and a heart you can trust your dearest ones with.
Happy Paws,
House No. 538,
Khasra no. 1790/5/3,
Near Hans Ashram,
MTNL Street,
Fatehpur Beri.
New Delhi 110074
For more details, call Aarti Bhardwaj at

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44 AAP and animals?
Updated: 19 Mar 2014

In Response to this I wrote a mail to AAP and now I am waiting for their response


I am a supporter of AAP and also a member. I voted for you guys for vidhan sabha and am contemplating voting for you guys in lok sabha as well. Now that said there is no way I will ever vote for you guys and also ensure some 40-50 people I can influence not to vote for you IF AND INCASE the following is true.
If Kejriwal thinks this is the solution for handling street dogs population rather than a kind hearted approach of ABC and sterilisation , then I will now shift from being your hard core supported to hard core ANTI AAP.
Please confirm and advice. Thank you.



Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | Sweta Goswami | New Delhi

It may sound surprising, but Z-category security protectee Arvind Kejriwal has made several PCR calls ever since he moved into his posh bungalow on Tilak Road in the Capital. The police calls were not owing to security threats, but because of the former Chief Minister and his family’s annoyance with stray dogs outside his residence.

The Delhi Police transferred the complaints to the 24X7 public grievance call centre, set up by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on December 1 last year. The records revealed that there were complaints from the ex-CM’s residence regarding stray dogs. “About a week ago, we got a PCR call from the ex-CM’s residence at Tilak Lane which reported a complaint of stray dogs menace in the area. The case was referred to the health department which took action and addressed the complaint within a day,” said an NDMC official. The call centre had received the first complaint from Kejriwal’s residence in February, added the official. The second complaint was made by Kejriwal in the first week of March.

While the helpline, so far, has received over 2,400 calls with complaints ranging from garbage removal to electricity issues, the civic body admitted that complaints regarding stray dogs are difficult to address due to the High Court’s order in 2001.

“We have nothing much to do. The Palika Animal Birth Control society goes to the spot. If we find that a stray dog is not operated then we take it to our centre, give anti-rabies injection and return it to the same spot,” said an official.

Apart from this peculiar complaint, the call center has also received calls from 10 Janpath reporting that the roads have been not cleaned. From Traffic signal not working at Vijay Chowk to asking the garbage to be removed from Supreme Court gate, the helpline is constantly catering to the VVIPS residing in the area.

Launched to address the grievances of citizens residing in the NDMC area, officials said complaints of low pressure of water supply and removal of garbage were the most common. Out of the total received complaints, 303 are still pending while 2089 complaints have closed after taking necessary actions.

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45 what-kind-of-dog-are-you
Updated: 28 Feb 2014

Fun quiz to find out what kind of dog are you.

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Updated: 28 Feb 2014


WAH Team (2013-2014)
(Amita Singh, Amit Korpal, Sangeeta Luthra, Prema Swaminathan.)
Walk for Animal & Habitat
Launched 2009,August by Amita Singh, Blossom Hackett, Prema Swaminathan, Tulika Mehra, Varsha Sharma, Tushaar Bhardwaj , Vidya Sangwan and  Benu Kalra in DLF Phase 3, to protect and provide for all animals who were made to suffer the ruthless brutality of insensitive development and urbanization as agricultural land was being acquired by the developers and colonizers. The lopsided developmental planning in Gurgaon which calculated corporate profits and FDI investments without a vision for  inclusive governance, social co-existence, ecological ethics ignored the losses incurred by constructing against the carrying capacity of land, intra-generational and inter-generational equity and justice. The cost of this development was paid by the  voiceless animals who suffered destitution, starvation and extinction . The survivors were  labelled as 'stray'. They are homeless not 'stray' and WAH aspires to regain their habitats for them.

Gurgaon (Redg.DR/GGN/380)
CONTACT: m :9910170904
"Every habitat that nature provides is to feed and shelter  all animals  including the human being who is one of them, not above them"

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Updated: 23 Feb 2014


Dear Friends,
This is one of the best news one may imagine to come across as an animal lover. After months of perseverance and tireless efforts, a respected animal lover and activist, Ms. Shreela Debi has managed to convince the Mr Deepak Mishra Delhi Police Commissioner, Law and Order, to issue a direction to all police stations of the state, which addresses the general apathy shown by some police stations in registering animal cruelty cases. The letter sent to all police stations along with a synopsis of the laws has been sent by the Commissioners Office, clarifying the firm future position and positive attitude all stations of the Delhi Police should take in dealing with animal cruelty cases.
I am attaching the letter, which MUST be circulated widely among st all animal lovers of the country. This will not only show the brilliant attitude of the Delhi Police top officials towards the voiceless but will also set examples for other states to follow suit. This will also reinforce strength in the civilians and restore their faith that Delhi Police is in all real sense "with you for you always".
Please take a print out of this letter and feel obliged to give a copy to your local police station.
Rishi Dev,

For Citizens For Animal Rights (CFAR),
New Delhi.

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48 Eatery owner kills dog by pouring hot oil on her
Updated: 20 Feb 2014

Eatery owner kills dog by pouring hot oil on her

NOIDA: In a case of animal cruelty, an FIR was lodged against a Ghaziabad-based eatery owner for killing a lactating female dog by pouring hot oil over her mouth. The complaint was filed by People For Animals (PFA), an NGO, at the Kotwali police station.

The incident occurred around 10am on Wednesday morning in a market complex at the Kalkagadi crossing in Ghaziabad. activists said that the dog had given birth to a litter in the area a few days ago and had strayed too close to the eatery in search of food. The enraged owner allegedly poured hot oil over the animal's mouth which killed her.

"Our activists reached the spot after they were informed of the incident by locals. Onlookers told us that the dog died within 15 minutes after writhing in excruciating pain from the burns," said Saurav Gupta, raiding officer,.

After reaching the spot, workers immediately took the injured animal to the nearest veterinary hospital where doctors declared her dead. The body was then taken to the Kotwali police station to register the complaint. Following the FIR, the body was sent for autopsy.

The FIR has been registered under Section 429 of the IPC and relevant sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. workers said that while the eatery owner is absconding, police have assured them that he will be arrested soon. One of the workers has kept the pups in his care while is arranging their transportation to an animal shelter in Noida.

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49 Stray Dogs in Sochi Rescued by This Amazing Animal Lover | The Good News - Yahoo Shine?
Updated: 19 Feb 2014

One of the many controversies surrounding the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi is the cruelty toward stray dogs wandering the area. One generous man is taking action to save these animals' lives.

Igor Airapetyan, 41, drove 20 hours and over 990 miles from Moscow to Sochi to rescue 11 homeless dogs who might otherwise be culled.

A pest-control firm was hired by the Russian government to pick up and exterminate stray dogs wandering in Sochi ahead of the Olympic games. Animal activists report that over 1,000 dogs have been killed in inhumane ways. "The Olympics have always been a symbol of peace, wars have been halted for the duration of the Olympics. But in Russia, the Olympics are built on blood," Airapetyan told Radio Free Europe.

A local news station captured footage of the man's car, packed with animals. A 990-mile road trip with eleven dogs in your car doesn't sound like a picnic, but knowing you saved eleven innocent lives is an unbelievable achievement.



Airapetyan is now back in Moscow, but doesn't have the room or money to personally adopt all 11 dogs. One of the pups, 1-year-old mutt Marusya, was adopted by a family in Finland, showing that Airapetyan's efforts have extended well beyond Russia. He hopes to find permanent homes for all the dogs while raising awareness of the animal cruelty in Sochi and elsewhere in Russia.

We applaud this animal lover's selfless efforts to help those who can't help themselves.

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50 Saving Sochi's Stray Dogs
Updated: 19 Feb 2014

Racing to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi By DAVID M. HERSZENHORNFEB. 5, 2014

Saving Sochi's Stray Dogs

Animal rights workers in Sochi, Russia, are rescuing stray dogs from exterminators hired by the government. They hope athletes and fans visiting the Olympics will adopt them.

SOCHI, Russia — A dog shelter backed by a Russian billionaire is engaged in a frantic last-ditch effort to save hundreds of strays facing a death sentence before the Winter Olympics begin here.

Already, hundreds of animals have been killed, with the local authorities apparently wanting the stray dogs cleared from the streets before Friday’s opening ceremony.

While the authorities say the dogs can be wild and dangerous, reports of their systematic slaughter by a pest removal company hired by the government in recent months have outraged animal rights advocates and cast a gruesome specter over the traditionally cheery atmosphere of the Games.

The handling of the matter has also sharply undercut the image of a friendlier, welcoming Russia that President Vladimir V. Putin has sought to cultivate in recent months.

“We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,’ ” said Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort on behalf of a charity called Good Will, which is financed by Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia’s billionaire oligarchs.

“On Monday we were told we have until Thursday,” Ms. Melnikova said.

A “dog rescue” golf cart is now scouring the Olympic campus, picking up the animals and delivering them to the shelter, which is really an outdoor shantytown of doghouses on a hill on the outskirts of the city. It is being called PovoDog, a play on the Russian word povodok, which means leash.

Lying past a cemetery, at the end of a dirt road and without electricity or running water, the makeshift PovoDog shelter is

already giving refuge to about 80 animals, including about a dozen puppies. One is a chocolate-colored Shar-Pei and her two mostly Shar-Pei puppies. Another is a large, reddish-brown sheep dog named Kasthan, who likes to jump up and kiss the shelter workers, who are mostly volunteers.

Local animal rights workers say many of the strays were pets, or the offspring of pets, abandoned by families whose homes with yards were demolished over the past few years to make way for the Olympic venues and who were compensated with new apartments in taller buildings, where keeping a pet is often viewed as undesirable.

They also say that Russia has never made a priority of pushing responsible animal control policies, including spaying and neutering, which would have helped avoid the current problems.

“We need a program of sterilization for dogs,” said Nadezhda Mayboroda, a Sochi resident who is working at the shelter. “People are not really well educated that it is necessary to sterilize their dogs at home. Human beings are not responsible at all.”

In recent months, residents of Sochi have reported seeing dogs shot with poisoned darts, then tossed into waiting trucks. Aleksei Sorokin, the director general of a pest control business, Basya Services, has confirmed that his company has been hired to catch and kill strays, telling local journalists the work was necessary.

The effort to remove the dogs began in October, as did initial efforts to gather up strays and shelter them. Tatyana Leshchenko, an animal rights advocate here, said about 300 dogs a month were being killed in Sochi, at a cost of $25 to $35 each.

“It’s very cruel,” Ms. Leshchenko said, adding that the dogs were being shot with a chemical that causes them to suffocate. She said she had convinced at least one exterminator to give her advance warning of the neighborhoods to be cleared.

The International Olympic Committee responded with a carefully worded statement; Mark Adams, a spokesman, told reporters at a briefing Wednesday that no healthy dogs found on the grounds of the Olympics were being destroyed.

“It would be absolutely wrong to say that any healthy dog will be destroyed,” Mr. Adams said.

On Monday, Humane Society International, an advocacy group based in Washington, wrote to Mr. Putin and urged him to prevent the killing of dogs, noting that the Russian president is also a dog lover. Mr. Putin has been photographed numerous times with his black Labrador, Koni.

Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, acknowledged in an interview with Kommersant FM radio Wednesday that Sochi was struggling with stray dogs.

“It is true that there are stray dogs in Sochi, more stray dogs than in other cities,” he said. “The explanation is quite simple. When a big construction project is underway, dogs and puppies always appear whom the builders feed. Now the builders have left, but unfortunately, the dogs remain.”

Stray dogs have been found inside sports venues and have even wandered into some of the residences for Olympic athletes and visiting journalists. Dogs can also be found throughout the city and in the mountain areas where skiing and other outdoor events will take place. The Olympic Committee does not have responsibility for areas outside its official venues.



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Stray dogs should be the official mascot of the Sochi games.Russia still has a chance to turn this around. They could create adoption...


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I think this is inhumane poisoning of these innocent dogs is despicable. They wait until the last moment to address this problem. These dogs...


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Hundreds of people in Sochi have also been evicted from their homes because they stood in the way of the massive construction...and many are...



On Tuesday night, as thousands of fans streamed into the new Fisht Olympic Stadium for a dress rehearsal of the opening ceremony, what caught Ms. Melnikova’s eye was a Rottweiler sitting nearby.

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Stray dogs in front of an official Olympic transport coach. Sergei Ilnitsky/European Pressphoto Agency

Ms. Melnikova, who has two dogs of her own back home in Moscow. seemed heartbroken that she was unable to rescue the dog.

“On the left, near where the food court is, he was sitting next to the garbage container,” Ms. Melnikova said. But she was not prepared. “I need equipment to take a Rottweiler,” she said. “I didn’t have a collar. If I had a collar, I would have tried.”

Mr. Deripaska, an industrialist who largely made his fortune in aluminum, provided $15,000 to get the shelter started on land donated by the local government. He has also pledged about $50,000 a year for operations. He was also one of the major investors in the Sochi Games and paid for several huge projects, including an overhaul of the airport, a new seaport and the Olympic Village along the coast.

With the Olympics fast approaching, however, there was simply no time to build an indoor space for the shelter, especially because so much work remained to be done on hotels and other buildings for the Games.

“In Sochi, you just can’t find a construction guy because they are in such a rush to finish all the objects,” Ms. Melnikova said.

As local residents have learned of the shelter, however, the needs are only growing. On Tuesday night, shelter workers said, someone dropped off two puppies without any explanation or instruction. So far, the workers said, there have been some offers of money but few donations of what is needed most: food, veterinary medicines and other supplies, including dog shelters and collars.

All of the dogs entering the shelter receive medical treatment, including vaccinations. All of them will be eligible for adoption, even to fans attending the Olympics. Spared execution — at least for the moment — the animals at the PovoDog shelter barked in a loud chorus as the sun slowly dropped into the Black Sea, which could be viewed in the distance.


Many scampered around and nipped at each other, while one unlucky fellow got his head stuck in the chicken wire surrounding the shelter, only to be freed by a shelter volunteer, beseeching him to stay calm.

Tiny puppies squeaked and squawked. Workers said they were likely to find homes faster than the older dogs — two siblings of the Shar-Pei puppies have already been adopted.

Still, most of the dogs are mutts, and Ms. Mayboroda said many people would not be interested — a view that the shelter workers hope to change through a new publicity and outreach effort. “Everybody here wants a shepherd or a pit bull,” she said. “Nobody wants just a mixed dog.”

A version of this article appears in print on February 6, 2014, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Racing to Save Dogs Roaming Around Sochi. Order Reprints|Today's Paper|Subscribe

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51 *Why does Hindu Dharma prohibit consumption of non-vegetarian food? *
Updated: 30 Jan 2014

*Why does Hindu Dharma prohibit consumption of non-vegetarian food? *

Majority of Hindus believe that, ‘Non-vegetarianism is demonic and the height of cruelty’. A Hindu woman says, “My husband, who has adopted Western Culture, may have non-vegetarian food; but I, being a Hindu wife, will never even touch meat.’ However, in this day and age some Hindus in the villages as well as in cities, blindly imitate the western culture and have non-vegetarian food. They are Hindus in namesake only.

The reasons why Hindu Dharma prohibits consumption of non-vegetarian food are

• Eating meat is a Tama-dominant act. That is why, it is prohibited in Hindu Dharma. The act of eating meat represents the Raja-Tama-dominant foreign culture.

• Hindu religious texts advise refraining from consuming non-vegetarian food.
It is said in Manusmruti,

? ?????????? ???? ? ????? ? ? ?????? ?
????????????? ??????? ????????????? ?????? ?? - ??????????, ??????? ?, ?????? ??

Meaning: Since man has a natural inclination towards consuming alcohol, meat and copulation, having a desire for them does not amount to sin. But being free from the three is beneficial.

Another shloka in Manusmruti advises giving up all consumption of non-vegetarian food by looking at the origin of meat, the shackling and slaughter of animals for meat. All points elucidated in these shlokas are advice to Hindus by the religious texts.

Subtle picture of meat indicates the following:

•A covering of distressing energy exists around the meat.
?Destroyer particles of negative energy are created in the meat and spread in it.

?A covering of distressing energy is created around the meat and it keeps growing.

?Due to slaughtering the animals and extracting their meat, centres of distressing energies are created in the meat and rings of distressing energy are emitted from every centre.

?Waves of distressing energy, in the form of smell, are emitted into the environment.

?Particles of distressing energy are also emitted into the environment.

•A flow of Akarshan-shakti (energy of attraction) is attracted to the meat and distressing energy in the environment is attracted to it.
•A ring of Illusory energy in a wheel-shaped form is created.
?Illusory particles are also emitted.

The illusory vibrations emitted by the meat affect the mind of the person eating the meat.

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52 Puppies Heal Tony; Street Life is a Sweet Life; and More!
Updated: 28 Jan 2014

Helping Indian community dogs stay happy

by ADMIN on JANUARY 27, 2014

Dogs sleep on candy shop steps.

Dogs sleep on candy shop steps.

“But why do you return them to the street?”

We are asked this question from time to time by people who might never have been to India and can’t imagine that being returned to the neighborhood she came from is the best possible option for a dog in India.

We hope the information below helps explain this multi-layered issue and helps you feel as great about it as we do.

To start with…

Picture the fact that in India, millions of animals live on the streets in cities and in villages, wherever there are human populations that support them with food.

For thousands of years, dogs and humans have been living together in harmony, and so too, they do in India. Archeologists have shown us that dogs and humans evolved together, wolf-like species branching out and intertwining their lives with people, gradually becoming the dogs we know and love today.

A puppy plays behind sitting man.

A puppy plays behind sitting man.

In Udaipur, many dogs who don’t live inside houses, identify “home” as whole neighborhoods comprising multiple streets and in some cases have a range of several kilometers.

Many of the dogs have wonderful freedom: a whole gang of doggie friends and often a friendly family or two who feed them leftovers and who often prepare extra chappatis (bread) just for them.

Interestingly, these same families might never reach out to touch or pet the dogs. Some people fear non-specific “Disease” – a fear they may have learned from their elders. Some people fear being bitten by a dog, but yet still love to feed them and see them sleeping peacefully or playing with other dogs.

A family plays on an old mattress.

A family plays on an old mattress.

There are thousands of street dogs in Udaipur, and most of the adults are getting along well. Animal Aid is here to come to their rescue if our furry friends have been hit by a car, got a dog bite wound, a fracture, or are sick.

To understand the situation here, we need to think of it as more like a rescue center for injured wild animals than lost pet animals.

The dogs have completely adapted to living on the street. This is their preferred environment. A street dog confined in a house and denied contact with other dogs often becomes depressed.

Most of us know how smart dogs are, and their intelligence lights up their faces when they have the stimulation they get as free-roamers.

Why not adoption?

Community dog sleeping on cart.

Community dog sleeping on cart.

In Udaipur, those who keep dogs usually chain them or isolate them alone on rooftops.

For years we actively tried to encourage street dog adoption, but when we returned to the houses for routine checks, felt that the dogs would have been better off had they never come inside.

Today we think that our energies are better spent in encouraging people to express love and compassion to the dogs as they are, where they are.

In travelling throughout India we’ve found, sadly, that there are almost no medical facilities for any animals other than milk-producing, money-earning cows.

Injured and ill animals are plenty, but in most places there is no helpline to call, no ambulance, and no shelter to take care of community or street animals when they have a problem.

Three dogs on store front.

Three dogs on store front.

And in the areas where there is no rescue center (meaning, the vast millions of villages and cities that have no rescue centers) the injured animals go largely un-noticed.

People are immune to suffering. Perhaps because they feel they can’t help (don’t have the money, the time, the expertise, the interest) they stop seeing the suffering. It’s not so much “de-sensitization” as it is undeveloped sensitization.

In Udaipur, we believed from the beginning that this is something we could change. We would work to ensure that no injured street animal ever went unnoticed again. Our mission was to turn apathy into empathy. Street animal rescue was the perfect way to start. We went into hundreds of classrooms, passed out thousands of leaflets giving one simple message: Call Animal Aid when you see an injured or ill street animal.

Puppy plays with mom.

Puppy plays with mom.

The calls started to slowly trickle in. First one a week, then two. That was 12 years ago, and now Udaipur is India’s most active city for street animal rescue, with a whopping 4,000 calls to Animal Aid reporting animals in need every year.

Every time we make a rescue we are widening the circle of compassion. Around 250 people witness our street animal rescues every single day. That’s what we call compassion in action.

We have a limited number of animals that we can keep in permanent sanctuary, and we reserve these spaces for animals who cannot survive on the street: the blind, handicapped, senile, or those who need long-term medication.  And sometimes we welcome to the sanctuary animals who are just too old to take care of themselves anymore. We have 150 dogs, cows and donkeys living in Animal Aid’s permanent sanctuary.

Our greatest challenge and pleasure is to know that when people call us to the rescue, we are always able to say “yes, help is on the way.”

Rescue Helps People Grow: From the moment we receive the first call reporting an animal in need, the caller becomes an important outreach target. Giving updates on the animal’s condition, invitations to the shelter, thanks for being a friend to animals, the emergency caller is welcomed into the Animal Aid family.

Dogs sleep at feet of smoking man.

Dogs sleep at feet of smoking man.

By the time the animal is healed and healthy, the caller is actively involved in the further protection of that animal. Many of the dogs we rescue have come to us before, which is the best situation we could ever hope for. It means that every time the dog has been injured, a caring person has taken action to make sure they get help. The great thing about our emergency help line callers is that they keep calling. Any time they see an animal who needs help, they call. And we are there. The animal is saved and the community is made a little more aware. Every day, a little change takes place. And it keeps changing. Udaipur is not like it was 15 years ago, and it’s not like those millions of villages and towns who have no one to help the neighbourhood dogs, calves, cows, bulls and donkeys.

Blonde dog sleeps at dusk.

Blonde dog sleeps at dusk.

Every day in Udaipur we see families happy to see “that old street dog” returned. And with every return to the street, we’re able to open the hospital gates to say “welcome” to the next ill or injured angel. And with every caller who hears the response “Yes! Help is On the Way” we change know a special someone has just grown proud of his or her animal protection. He or she will be even more vigilant, will share the story of the rescue with family and friends.

Animal Aid Udaipur 496
Updated: 23 Jan 2014

Dear all,

Community dogs in Pragati Vihar have been at the receiving end of brutal assault by security guards, acting at the instance of RWA officials, for a long time. FIRs have been lodged and I have written twice about the incidents in my column but to no effect. The matter clearly has to be taken up at the highest level. For this, I need a formal letter from the AWBI to the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, with copies to Deputy Commissioner of Police, South Delhi, and SHO Lodhi Road, calling for action against the culprits under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty Act.
I hope this will be done early and I will be able to initiate moves without any delay.
With kind regards
Hiranmay Karlekar

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rahul Mazumder <>
Date: Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM
Subject: Cruelty at PRAGATI VIHAR HOSTEL

My name is Rahul  Mazumder, resident of Pragati Vihar Hostel Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The Security Guards of our Colony, have been beating the stray dogs mercilessly in our compound in contravention of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, under the excuse of trying to remove them from the compound under the order of The Pragati Vihar Residents' Association (President Mr. S.J. PARMAR ph_no: 9868xxxxx).
An F.I.R(DDN15A ,19/02/2013) was registered regarding the same on 19  February 2013 with Lodhi Colony Police Station. A letter in this regard was also mailed to You earlier. However no action has been taken till date. 
You are requested to intervene urgently in this matter and urge the police to take action immediately.
Yours Faithfully
Rahul Mazumder

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54 Top 10 Heartwarming Dog Stories From History
Updated: 20 Jan 2014
Top 10 Heartwarming Dog Stories From History
There have been dogs throughout history that have fought in wars and crossed continents, been explorers and shown bravery that would be impressive if it had been demonstrated by a human hero. These exceptional canines are guaranteed to melt the heart of even the staunchest cat lover.

10 Swansea Jack

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Swansea Jack was a black retriever who lived with his owner William Thomas near the River Tawe in Swansea, Wales, during the 1930s. One day, Jack saw a small boy drowning in the river and ran in, pulling the boy to shore by the scruff of his neck. There was no one around to see it, and had circumstances been different, the boy would probably have spent the rest of his life telling the story to people who would never believe him. But Jack wasn’t done. Within a few weeks, Jack rescued another swimmer, this time with witnesses in attendance. And then another. And another. And so on. Over the course of the next decade, Jack was reported to have saved at least 27 people from, presumably, the most dangerous river and docks in Wales.
For his efforts over the course of his lifetime, Jack was given a silver collar by Swansea council, the Bravest Dog of the Year Award, a silver cup from the Mayor of London, and his very own statue. That’s more accolades than your average Batman. And he’s still recognized today—he was probably the inspiration for the nickname of Premier League football team Swansea FC, “The Swansea Jacks.”

9 Bamse

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Bamse was a Saint Bernard that served aboard a Norwegian minesweeper during World War II. Despite his cute and cuddly appearance—Bamse means “cuddly bear” in Norwegian—he was extremely tough. Bamse was originally brought on board by the ship’s captain. When the captain tried to take Bamse with him when leaving for another posting, the crew, who had grown fond of the dog, threatened to leave the ship if he was taken away. They loved the dog so much that they would have mutinied rather than lose him. 
Bamse became legendary in Dundee and Montrose, where the ship was stationed during World War II. He rode buses alone with a specially made bus pass tied around his neck, made sure that drunken sailors made it back to their posts, and allegedly put a stop to bar fights. Once, he rescued a crewman who’d fallen overboard by diving in to drag him to safety. He rescued another crewman cornered by a knifeman by barreling into the attacker and dragging him into the water. But Bamse was more than just a hero—he was also a peacemaker. It was reported that when sailors got into fights on board, he forced them to stop by standing on his hind legs with his paws on their shoulders as if to say, “Calm down, it’s not worth it.” And Bamse wasn’t just famous in Scotland, where his ship was based—every Christmas, he was dressed in a little sailor’s hat and photographed so that his picture could be put on Christmas cards and sent to the crewmates’ relatives in Norway. Awwww.

8 Bob The Railway Dog

Railway dog
Bob was born in South Australia in 1882, and for some reason he loved trains. He spent the early years of his life as a stray, following railway workers to work, until he was rounded up by a dogcatcher. It looked as if he was destined for the pound, but luckily for Bob he was bought by a kindly station guard who’d taken a liking to him. It worked out well, as his new master allowed him to ride the train with him in the guard’s van every day. But, eventually, his master got a promotion and he and Bob parted ways. Then Bob started to jump trains alone.
Bob traveled up and down Southern Australia, becoming a familiar and welcome sight on trains across the land. Sometimes, when Bob felt that he needed some privacy, he chose an empty carriage and scared away any passengers who tried to sit in it by barking like crazy. The station masters and guards all knew him by name, so they left him to his own devices. At night he followed the engine driver home for a warm meal and soft place to sleep, then returned to the train the next morning. For most of his life, Bob went where he pleased, and as his fame grew so did his reception when he rode into town. He was allowed to attend banquets as a guest of honor, was given a special bracelet with his name on it—with an engraving telling anyone who read it to let him go where he wanted—and when he was seen riding on trains by local children they ran after him as if he were the Pope. Bob had many adventures in his short life and died the most famous dog in Australian history.

7 Bummer And Lazarus

Begging dog
In the 1860s, two stray dogs called Bummer and Lazarus were given the run of the city of San Francisco at a time when any other stray dog would have been rounded up and thrown in the pound. But Bummer and Lazarus were different—they were celebrities. The newspapers of the day reported their doggy exploits as if they were Posh and Becks or Brad and Angelina. If they got into a fight with rival dogs, the papers often printed an exaggerated account of it the next day, complete with eyewitness testimony and a dramatized cartoon of the event. Even Mark Twain took time out from working on Huckleberry Finn to write about them.
The reason they were so beloved was due to their close friendship. Bummer started off as tough mutt who begged people for scraps, hence his name. When another stray arrived in the city and lost a fight, witnesses thought he’d be torn to shreds…until Bummer came running in to fight off his attacker. As Bummer nursed the injured dog back to health, it was given a new name—Lazarus. Their legend grew and every twist and turn of their friendship was reported on. When Bummer was shot in the leg and Lazarus didn’t look after him, there was uproar, with the whole city turning on Lazarus. This weird press fascination went on until both dogs died. And even after that, the coverage continued, with each newspaper accusing the other of publishing erroneous details about the dogs’ deaths.

6 Barry

St Bernard
The Saint Bernard is a dog that was specifically bred for a single purpose—to search and rescue. Monks at the Saint Bernard Pass, a dangerous, snowy divide between Switzerland and Italy, bred them for hundreds of years—perhaps even as far back as 1695—to rescue travelers who got lost and buried in the snow. They traveled in pairs so that when they found a victim, one dog could dig them out and sit on them for warmth while the other headed back to the monastery for help. Which brings us to the second Saint Bernard on our list—Barry, who saved 40 people’s lives over the course of 12 years in the early 1800s. 
Barry’s most famous rescue was of a small child who’d become lost and trapped on a treacherous ice shelf. Barry managed to reach the boy, revive him, and keep him warm until rescue arrived. But even then, nobody could get to them. So Barry allowed the child to climb onto his back and pulled him to safety, inch by inch. Barry was so effective as a rescue dog that after his departure there was always one dog at the monastery named Barry—a tradition that persists to this day.

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Just one look at Bud Nelson is enough to tell you that he was the greatest dog who ever lived. He’s an old-timey dog wearing goggles in a scratchy black-and-white photo—if he hadn’t existed, he would have been dreamed up for a steampunk novel or Bioshock game. The human in the photo is Bud Nelson’s owner, a doctor called Horatio Nelson. Horatio was the first man to cross America by car in the year 1903, with his hilariously named co-driver Sewall K. Crocker and, of course, Bud. That made Bud the first dog to cross the United States by car.
At the time, the automobile was still in its infancy, meaning that driving was neither safe nor fun. The car was a roofless monstrosity with little to no suspension to protect them from the mostly unpaved roads, and it would have made a lot of noise while belching out noxious smoke. But Bud Nelson was braver around the thing than some people would have been back then. He was given the goggles to protect his eyes and sat there looking just as happy as he does in the photo, all the way across the continent of North America.

4 Owney

Post dog
It’s generally believed that Owney’s original owner was a mail clerk because, just as Bob the Railway dog was obsessed with trains, Owney loved the scent and texture of mail bags and followed them by land, train, or boat wherever they went. When Owney’s owner left for whatever reason, Owney stayed behind at the post office with his precious mailbags. After a while, Owney began to follow the bags, first in mail wagons and then on mail trains. He started to rack up miles, traveling through the county, then the state, and finally the whole United States. Mail clerks were happy to let him do this because they realized that no train Owney traveled on ever crashed, making Owney a good-luck talisman. So, they started to give him little trinkets and medals to attach to his collar to represent everywhere he’d been. When he’d traveled so much that that they no longer fit on his collar, he got a little jacket instead.
As part of a publicity stunt, he traveled around the world on a 120-day-long, Jules Verne–style trip aboard an ocean liner. In this way, he traveled across America, Europe, and Asia, and all the way back. And just in case you don’t yet feel totally inadequate in the face of this small dog’s achievements, he also had his own postage stamp.

3 Pickles

Football dog
In 1966, the World Cup was being held in England which, to the English, was kind of a big deal. Maybe the reason they were taking it so seriously was because they had a feeling they might win—which they did—so you can imagine how bummed they were when the World Cup was stolen just four months before the matches started. There was a frenzy to find the cup and avoid international embarrassment, and it was eventually found by a plucky collie named Pickles. Pickles was being walked by his owner when he sniffed something out in the bushes—what Pickles had found was the missing World Cup.
In the aftermath of Pickles finding the Cup, his rise to fame can only be described as meteoric. He was lavished with attention from the press as the hero dog who’d saved the nation from international embarrassment. Pickles even attended a banquet in his honor, where he was given a bone and a check for £1,000—archive footage shows the check being shoved into his face, so we hope it was cashed by his master and not chewed to shreds. He later went on to star in several TV shows and even the movies. 

2 Rolf

Clever dog
Rolf was either the smartest dog in history or the center of a scam that fooled a nation—specifically Nazi Germany. Either way, then, he was pretty awesome. According to the Nazis, Rolf could talk. To put this into context, the Nazis backed a lot of hair-brained schemes during World War II, and one of the most hair-brained was trying to train an army of super-intelligent dogs to share their ideals.
The smartest of these “super dogs” was Rolf. Apparently, Rolf was able to talk by tapping his paw against a board and using a sort of special dog Morse code to communicate with humans. It was using this code that he was able to converse, appreciate poetry, express his pride in the Nazi regime, and vent his blinding hatred of the French. Apparently, he even expressed an interest in joining the war effort and fighting on the front lines. We don’t expect you to believe that a dog could talk, but Hitler certainly did. He took a great interest in Rolf, and history’s greatest monster wasting time on the ridiculous notion that the Nazis had created the world’s first racist dog could only possibly be a good thing.

1 Fido

Sad dog
There are plenty of stories of dogs who stood vigil for dead masters for years afterward. Among the most well-known loyal dogs were Hachiko, from Japan, and Greyfriars Bobby, from Scotland. Hachiko and Greyfriars Bobby have had numerous books and even films made about them. But the loyal dog who was most famous during his own lifetime is probably the least well-known. Fido was born in Italy sometime during World War II. He was found on the verge of death by a kiln worker who took him home and nursed him back to health. And for this, he’d have Fido’s unwavering loyalty for the rest of his life. Every day, Fido waited for his master at the same bus stop, refusing to move until he stepped off the bus—and this at a time when Italy was being bombed almost daily. But one day, Fido’s master didn’t return. He’d been killed in an air raid while at work. Fido, ever vigilant, still turned up to wait for him. Every day. For 14 years. 
His tale spread across Italy until Fido became a constant source of media attention, both during the war and long after it ended. Surviving footage shows that huge crowds would turn up to watch him make his way to the bus stop every day, watch everyone get off, then walk away disappointed when the bus pulled off. He received honors and medals, but all he wanted was for his friend to come home. He never did. Don’t worry— it’s okay to cry.

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55 book 2nd March for a Rally to STOP COW SLAUGHTER which is ON AN ALL TIME HIGH?
Updated: 20 Jan 2014

Dear All
We all know that elections are round the corner. Its time that we animal lovers consolidate and vote for the government that ADOPTS our AGENDA in their manifesto. Without this we have no future for our animals. BJP/Congress/any other would just behave the same way once elected to power. Therefore our show of strength is indispensable now so that whoever comes to power, this animal activism gets attention!
Our agenda starts like this
2. RESOLUTION (signature collection)

For consolidation we bring all animal groups together as a BIG PRESSURE GROUP.
Please participate in this rally on 2nd March with your banners, posters and people.NO POLITICIAN IS INVITED.......
The approved path for the RALLY walk: 'Starts at 9 am from India Gate and ends at RAJGHAT'. Please speak your heart out at Rajghat maybe the Mahatma may hear and bless us to protect the helpless.
Please respond to this mail so that we could arrange to go together in the metro with our banners etc.PLEASE FORWARD THIS MAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU KNOW...............Our numbers is our strength!
best wishes
WAH Team (2013-2014)
(Amita Singh, Amit Korpal, Sangeeta Luthra, Prema Swaminathan.)
Walk for Animal & Habitat
Launched 2009,August by Amita Singh, Blossom Hackett, Prema Swaminathan, Tulika Mehra, Varsha Sharma, Tushaar Bhardwaj , Vidya Sangwan and  Benu Kalra in DLF Phase 3, to protect and provide for all animals who were made to suffer the ruthless brutality of insensitive development and urbanization as agricultural land was being acquired by the developers and colonizers. The lopsided developmental planning in Gurgaon which calculated corporate profits and FDI investments without a vision for  inclusive governance, social co-existence, ecological ethics ignored the losses incurred by constructing against the carrying capacity of land, intra-generational and inter-generational equity and justice. The cost of this development was paid by the  voiceless animals who suffered destitution, starvation and extinction . The survivors were  labelled as 'stray'. They are homeless not 'stray' and WAH aspires to regain their habitats for them.

Gurgaon (Redg.DR/GGN/380)
CONTACT: m :9910170904

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56 Illegal Removal Of Community Dogs From Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi
Updated: 17 Jan 2014


Dear General Kharb,

On 11 January, Mrs Kaur, whom you know, received a call that on the previous day i.e., 10 Jan 2014, around noon a gang of men on cycle rickshaws had entered Kendriya Vidalaya 2 APS Colony, Delhi Cantonment, and with chains, tripwires, nets, poles had proceeded to catch and remove all the community dogs of the colony. Although there were many witnesses no one did a thing to stop these men or even ask them who they were. A very distressed Mrs Kaur rang Ms Anjali Sharma who unfortunately remained unreachable that day as she was in court. Mrs Kaur then called me and I rang Friendicoes but they were unaware of any such incident. Neither NDMC/MCD nor any of the other NGOs knew anything about it either. Mrs Kaur requested Friendicoes to send someone to verify the complaint and they very kindly did so. However, no one could tell them anything much.

On 13 Jan 2014, we received information that the men had again entered Delhi Cantt’s Sanjay Vihar Colony, Dhaula Kuan, and were catching dogs in the most inhuman way, using tripwires, etc. I advised the caller to phone the police which thankfully they did. I informed Mrs Maneka Gandhi's office and also Mrs Mandy Seth of Friendicoes who immediately sent Friendicoes' staff to Dhaula Kuan. By the time they arrived the police were already there - some constables and the SHO from the Delhi Cantt Police Station - as well as a senior army officer's wife, herself a great animal lover.

On being asked who had allowed them into a restricted area like Delhi Cantt,  the men said they had been escorted past security by a man on a motorcycle but they couldn’t or wouldn’t identify him. On further questioning it was learned that the catchers were from Jaroda village which lies within the Delhi Cantonment area. They are employed as contractual labour by the Subroto Park Air Force Station, at Rs 175 a day. According to these men’s supervisor (name unknown) who arrived shortly after, a group captain regularly hires them, almost daily in fact, to catch as many dogs as possible – sterilized, vaccinated, old, sick, pregnant, nursing mothers, pups – and provides them with all the equipment such as nets, wires, poles, chains. The Air Force has even constructed boxes and cages which are fixed on cycle rickshaws (see attached pictures) into which the dogs are loaded and transported to Subroto Park air Force Station, from where they are taken under cover of darkness in Air Force vehicles to Manesar and released on the highway, to die there of starvation, hypothermia or under the wheels of highway traffic! Again according to the supervisor, this officer is acting on the orders of an air marshal.

Attached is a video recording of the interrogation of the catchers by Friendicoes staff and the police.

During this investigation children who witnessed the horror told Friendicoes staff and the police that,

"...that since 1st jan, the same carrier had come daily, brought by different men, and taken dogs away on the pretext of sterilisation and the kids were asking us why the dogs never came back.
One man in question even admitted to having removed 6 dogs from the area himself. The catchers used were made of metal wires rather than plastic, and they were rusted, sharp metal to make matters worse. This means the dogs were probably hurt and suffered bad cuts to their necks. The kids even said that many a times they saw dogs bleeding after being caught."

Meanwhile another Air Force officer, a squadron leader from Subroto Park Air Force Station, too had arrived with his staff. Together he and the police dissuaded the eyewitnesses from registering a police complaint or an FIR on the grounds that it was a Defence matter and any such action would impact adversely on the armed forces, and that it should be settled within the Cantonment. Mr Jairam Ramesh was right when he recently remarked, in a different context, that the military has become a state within a state!

The police allowed Friendicoes to confiscate the wires, chains, nets, etc., but would not let them dismantle the cages on the grounds that they were private property and these men’s means of  livelihood! Means of livelihood? To continue killing, maiming, displacing dogs protected by the law? The police also refused to arrest the men without an FIR being registered and yet would not register one.

The men have given names and ranks of officers involved but I am withholding them for now. Mrs Maneka Gandhi, however, is in possession of all the information that we have pertaining to this case.

I have also learn’t of a similar incident that occurred in Subroto Park which is adjacent to Delhi Cantt. Some months ago caregivers reported that their community dogs had been taken away and dumped in Manesar. However, none of these animal lovers, many of them senior Air Force officers, would say anything further. We are sure they know who ordered the removal, but they refuse to discuss the case.

You may also recall the incident at Palam Airport in December 2012, when the community dogs of the area were similarly removed and disposed of. In that case Mrs Maneka Gandhi's intervention and a strongly worded letter from AWBI to the officers/agency concerned put a stop this grossly cruel and unlawful activity. However, no legal action was taken against anyone.

Obviously no lessons have been learned. This time, however, I and the other animal lovers who are aware of the case (and others who may like to join us) demand that AWBI prosecute as per the animal protection laws/ABC Rules 2000 all who are involved in this cruel, illegal, activity. No person or organization, private or government, should be allowed to believe they are above the law. The dogs that were so cruelly displaced were protected by the law, and no one had the right to do what they did to them. The poor things have all probably died horrible deaths, or are lying somewhere in Manesar, injured, starving, frightened out of their minds! We cannot get them back because we don't know where they were abandoned. The least we can do is ensure that what happened to them does not happen to other dogs in other military campuses or anywhere for that matter. The mood in the country is changing, and blatant violations of the laws by those who should be upholding them will no longer be tolerated by ordinary, law-abiding citizens!

How we proceed further will depend on what action AWBI takes in this matter. We await your response.

Thank you,


Madhu Goyal


Mrs Mandy Seth

Mrs S Kaur

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57 Men in SUV drag dog to distress; helplines snooze
Updated: 16 Jan 2014

Men in SUV drag dog to distress; helplines snooze

A family passing by rescues the dog but animal helplines do not respond to phone calls; culprits ran away as people gather; cops arrive but station in-charge pleads ignorance


Ojas Mehta


Posted On Monday, December 30, 2013 at 02:41:25 AM


The family called up 7 animal helplines. A volunteer reached the spot later in the evening along with a vet who treated the stray dog
It was a scene reminiscent of old Hindi films in which the hero is dragged on the ground by a rope tied to his leg by a dacoit on a horse. Only difference in this case was the rope was tied round the neck of a stray dog dragged by two men in an SUV. The vehicle’s rear registration numberplate had a sticker that read ‘High Court of Gujarat’. The dog was only half-conscious as its howls pierced the air. And no, unlike the Hindi flick, the dog could not get up to get even with its tormenters. Instead, it lay in blood and in immense pain. 

A family passing by in a car on Saturday evening stopped this barbarism. Family members called several animal helpline numbers and stood there for four hours in fading light until help arrived, but perhaps too late. The Dawars were returning from Gandhinagar to their home in Ahmedabad when around 5.30 pm they saw a dog being dragged by a rope by two people near Sola Civil Hospital. The dog was howling in pain and the two men were sitting in the rear seat of the SUV. They stopped their car and T S Dawar, who works as faculty of sales and corporate training in an institute, rushed to untie the dog. 


Sisters Manmeet and Harmeet Dawar stayed at the spot for more than four hours to ensure treatment to the badly injured dog. (Inset) The driving licence of driver P R Zala, who fled the place when people gathered around him, showed him as employed with Gujarat High Court

“The vehicle was stationary when we arrived, but people gathered there told us that the dog had been dragged by a rope for quite a distance. We gave the dog some water,” said Dawar. For two hours after that his daughters Harmeet and Manmeet kept calling animal helpline numbers but either got no response or were told that their office would close at 6 pm. The Dawars asked the driver of the vehicle, P R Zala, as to why the dog was being dragged. “He produced an identity card issued by Gujarat High Court and told us that the dog was rabid and had bitten several people. 

When we told him that this was no way to treat an animal and catching rabid dogs is the job of AMC, he said the corporation had failed to catch the dog despite several calls.” Suresh Parmar, a resident of the government colony nearby, who had reached the spot told Mirror, “The dog had bitten me earlier. I saw two persons dragging it with a rope from behind a running vehicle and followed it.” 

Dhirendrasinh and Ashwin Makwana said they were told by Sola police station to rush opposite Civil Hospital as the scared driver of the vehicle had reached there

Fearing that the crowd that had collected at the spot could get aggressive with him, Zala abandoned the vehicle and rushed to Sola police station that apparently asked two cops in the field to reach the spot. The cops, Dhirendrasinh and Ashwin Makwana, told Mirror, “We were at the crossroads near Sola overbridge when we received a call from the Sola police station to rush opposite Civil Hospital as the scared driver of the vehicle had reached the police station.” Wwhen contacted, PSO Bhurabha denied giving any direction. “No one has come to us for help and we are not aware of any such incident. We did not ask any policeman to reach the spot.” 

Dr Aalap Pawar, who treated the dog, said, “The dog had internal as well as external injuries. It was bleeding through the nostrils suggesting that it may have suffered head injuries. It was drooling in blood. The dog was having a problem of anxiety and was paralysed. Its skin had scraped at several places.” Niraj Bhatt, an animal help volunteer who had reached the spot after being called, said, “The dog shows no symptoms of being rabid. This is a breeding season and it is possible that dogs get aggressive if they do not get a partner. I reached here at 8 pm and saw the dog was badly injured. We have given it medicines and injection and have put a cloth on it to protect it from the cold. But it is unlikely to survive. The dog appears to have been beaten up badly before being dragged.” 

Harmeet Dawar told Mirror that she had struggled to reach out to animal help foundations for three hours before a volunteer Niraj Bhatt of Save Birds reached the spot. “When I called up Jeevdaya Foundation, my call went to their voice mail. Asha Foundation told me that its vehicle was at Maninagar and to call back later. When I called again no one took the phone. Niraj Bhatt of Save Birds came around 8.15 pm and treated the dog. Half of them (animal helplines) did not pick up my call and I am assuming that they were not working after 6 pm.” Harmeet had called up Akhil Bharatiya Hinsa Nivaran, Van Chetna Kendra, Shantidoot Trust, Ahmedabad Panjrapol Sanstha, Jeevdaya Foundation and Asha Foundation.” When Mirror called up Jeevdaya Foundation, no one picked the phone. Jagdish Vaghela of Asha Foundation said that with one vehicle, it was difficult to attend to incidents on both sides of the Sabarmati river. “Sometimes the vehicle is at Bapunagar. It is difficult to reach SG Highway quickly from there,” he said. Mirror also tried the numbers of Akhil Bharatiya Hinsa Nivaran, Van Chetna Kendra, Shantidoot and Ahmedabad Panjrapol Sanstha on Sunday but none of them picked up the call. 

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58 Sight that will recoil the Mahatma
Updated: 22 Nov 2013


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59 Gurgaon's First Organic Food Carnival : 24th November, Sunday
Updated: 21 Nov 2013

Gurgaon’s First Organic Food Carnival

24th November, Sunday    11am to 08pm

Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46, Gurgaon

Featuring:Organic Shops Live Band Street Play Puppet Show Animal Mascots Magic Show Nail Art

Tattoo Mehandi Hair Beading





For Any Information Call: Ms. Shilpa Chaudhary 09953313319 or Ms. Jacqueline Jindal 07503038905

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60 Dog Treks 10 Miles in Freezing Cold to Find Beloved Mate
Updated: 14 Nov 2013

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on March 22, 2013. Enjoy!

This is the best canine love story you will read today – or possibly ever!

If you thought dogs don’t have feelings, get ready to change your mind.

Ben, a 4 1/2-year-old mixed breed (above left), and Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix (above right), were two strays who met on the streets of Terre Haute, Indiana, and fell in love. (Yes, dogs can fall in love.) The pair was well known and cared for in the local community, but when Jade became pregnant last summer, the Terre Haute Humane Society (THHS) brought them to their shelter.

The couple were initially kenneled together, but after Jade gave birth to six puppies, a THHS adoption counselor Kali Skinner took the mom and babies home to take care of them for eight weeks. She eventually found homes for all six puppies. Jade was timid, but a “very caring mother,” Skinner told the Tribune-Star.

The new mother and father were reunited back at the shelter until Courtney and Jason Lawler decided they wanted to adopt Ben, but not Jade. They decided that one pet was enough, partly because they have a 3-year-old son who can be quite a handful himself.

They should have checked with Ben before separating him from his mate.

The Lawlers had Ben for about three weeks in December 2012. Just after Christmas, on Friday, December 28, while Jason Lawler was taking out the trash and talking on his cell, quick-pawed Ben seized his chance, raced out the door and kept running. And he didn’t look back.

He trekked the ten miles to the shelter in the bitter cold, arriving back there the following night to look for his love.

Dogs are awesome – if only all people were as loyal!

Jacob Harrod, an adoption counselor at the shelter, says he’s never seen anything like this happen before. He recalls arriving at work and being totally shocked when he saw Ben outside the fence. “We were amazed, really, really surprised!” says Harrod. But he adds that Ben is very skittish, and obviously didn’t want to get caught.

From The Tribune-Star:

Jade was inside a fence, and Ben was out. She must have been warning him, because he would not go inside. He did, however, “kiss her through the fence,” said (Kali) Skinner, (of the Humane Society), one of several who worked feverishly to capture the street-savvy Ben.

The shelter workers renewed their efforts on Monday, New Year’s Eve, and finally used a dart gun to tranquilize and slow him down, although he put up a long, hard fight once again and it took another several hours before they captured him.

There ensued a happy reunion, with the two dogs barking and wagging their tails furiously.

When Courtney and Jason Lawler heard from THHS what Ben had done, they decided that they had to adopt Jade along with Ben. “He’d keep getting loose if we took him and not her,” Ms. Lawler told NBC2 News.

The happy couple are doing wonderfully together, according to Harrod. Since the two were adopted as a pair, the THHS has checked up on them and apparently life is good. Let’s hope Ben and Jade will never be apart again.

If this story doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you are tougher than me.

What a beautiful tale of doggy love!

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61 The law on pet owners in apartments
Updated: 23 Oct 2013

Dear Pet Parent,

An interesting news article for your information :

The law on pet owners in apartments

Updated: September 23, 2013 19:56 IST

Source :

With apartment complexes becoming the norm, it becomes important for pet owners to understand their rights and responsibilities, for the welfare of their pets and their neighbors. Residents sometimes find a letter taped to the notice board (on behalf of the Apartment Association) that says that pets are banned and that owners must either vacate or abandon their pets. “This is tantamount to harassment, and utterly unlawful, “says Anjali Sharma, Advocate, practising at the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India, who is an Executive Committee Member of, and Legal Advisor to the Animal Welfare Board of India. “Apartment owners' associations and residents’ welfare associations cannot ‘legislate’. They cannot take it upon themselves to issue ‘edicts’ and restrict rights available to citizens. There is no law enacted by Parliament or any State Legislature that ‘bans’ companion animals. At best, municipalities and local authorities can regulate, or insist on registration or licensing of pets. These high handed circulars and letters suddenly taped to notice boards are therefore illegal. By pressurizing people to abandon their pets in this manner, they actually compel them to violate the law, since Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, declares the same as being an offence.”

She notes that consumer courts at Mumbai have at least on two occasions upheld the rights of residents faced with similar harassment, and observed that in the present times, pets are akin to children. Denying pet-owners the right to use elevators or common areas with their pets has been held to be deficiency in service on the part of these associations. She therefore urges pet-owners to stand by their companion animals in the face of such harassment, and refuse to 'give them up', or abandon them.

These rights, however, do come with duties. Pet-owners must earn the goodwill of neighbors by keeping their dogs on leash while in common areas and cleaning up after them if they soil the place. Sharma tells pet owners that being considerate is a must, and a basic courtesy. “Be reasonable”, is her simple, yet powerful advice to pet owners. “Exercise care. Ensure that their vaccinations are always up to date. And always walk your dog with a leash”. She signs off with the advice that being a responsible pet parent is important to ensure harmony in community living.

( *Pet Bonding: is the initiative started by Bayer Animal Health , India to create a forum for sharing useful information on companion animals (pets) health & other related topics )

* Disclaimer: this article has been sourced from forwarded to you just for your information purpose.

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62 Friendicoes Seca Book And Bake Sale has been postponed to 10 Nov 2013
Updated: 19 Oct 2013


Friendicoes Seca  Book And Bake Sale has been postponed to 10 Nov 2013. For more information, please call Shambhavi at 9911103763

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63 Organic Food Mela-20th Oct, Defence Colony, New Delhi?
Updated: 15 Oct 2013


The best way to keep children healthy is for them to eat good food. Food that is not adulterated with pesticides and unclean sewage water.

People For Animals (PFA), India’s largest organization working for the welfare of Animals has also been working to spread the culture of Organic, Natural, Homemade and Vegan food.

VENUE: Dr. Radhakrishnan International School

ADDRESS: C Block, Chetak Vithi Marg, Defence Colony, New Delhi

Date and Day: 20th October 2013, Sunday

Time: 11am to 09pm


Do Come and Buy Your Yearly Supplies. It’s good for your Children to taste REAL FOOD.

PFA will also put up a stall where puppies, bunnies, cats will all be up for adoption.

Lavanya Silver, the finest company for Silver items  will put up a stall there and every hour a LUCKY person will get a free Silver Item.



Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Chairperson, People For Animals

Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

Facebook Link:

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64 Diwali awareness
Updated: 08 Oct 2013

animals & by SHUNNING CRACKERS !people homeless Children & StreetSweets & Gifts with … Friends, PoorLighting candles, Diyas & SharingPEACE for ALL to enjoy by …HAPPINESS, LOVE, SWEETNESS,Let this Diwali be one full ofPoor or desolate People and Children.would instead bring JOY & HAPPINESS to the Homeless,•

The MONEY that would otherwise burn up with crackers,even after the festival, free of smoke & smog.• The AIR & ENVIRONMENT still remains clean & livablethe deafening and killing sound of a cracker.through HELL, trying to find a place to hide from•

The HELPLESS, INNOCENT ANIMALS who liveinstead of hiding in their rooms coughing for weeks.

• The ASTHMATIC people can also enjoy the festival,CRACKER so that . . .This Diwali … make a vow NOT to BURST a SINGLEN O T S O U N DA F E S T IV A L O F L I G H T S …Deepawalianimals & by SHUNNING CRACKERS !people homeless Children & StreetSweets & Gifts with … Friends, PoorLighting candles, Diyas & SharingPEACE for ALL to enjoy by …HAPPINESS, LOVE, SWEETNESS,Let this Diwali be one full ofPoor or desolate People and Children.would instead bring JOY & HAPPINESS to the Homeless,

• The MONEY that would otherwise burn up with crackers,even after the festival, free of smoke & smog

.• The AIR & ENVIRONMENT still remains clean & livablethe deafening and killing sound of a cracker.through HELL, trying to find a place to hide from

• The HELPLESS, INNOCENT ANIMALS who liveinstead of hiding in their rooms coughing for weeks.

• The ASTHMATIC people can also enjoy the festival,CRACKER so that . . .This Diwali … make a vow NOT to BURST a SINGLEN O T S O U N DA F E S T IV A L O F L I G H T S …Deepawali

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65 World-Renowned Thinker Richard Dawkins Would "Like Everybody to Be a Vegetarian
Updated: 08 Oct 2013

October 4, 2013

World-Renowned Thinker Richard Dawkins Would "Like Everybody to Be a Vegetarian"

By Nora Kramer
RichardDawkins_1664696c.jpgOxford professor of ethologyre Dr. Richard Dawkins, the world's most famous living evolutionary biologist and best-selling author of "The God Delusion," recently declared to a huge crowd at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.: "I'd like everybody to be a vegetarian." 

"I do think it's very important that we should campaign against cruel treatment of animals in farms and slaughterhouses. I have not the slightest doubt that they are cruelly treated and that's terrible," Dawkins continued.

Dawkins has been greatly influenced by Princeton philosopher Peter Singer, author of "Animal Liberation" and widely regarded as the founder of the animal rights movement. Dawkins even interviewed Singer for an award-winning British documentary series. 

"I actually suspect that in 100 or 200 years' time we may look back on the way we treated animals today as something like the way we today look back on the way our forefathers treated slaves," Dawkins predicts. 

Whatever your beliefs, we can all agree with Dawkins that animals should not suffer  " lifetimes of suffering and the planet should not be degraded by pollution and waste. Just by eating vegetarian, we can all help protect farmed animals from cruelty and the environment from destruction. for tips, recipes and resources to get started.

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66 buffalo committed suicide in my village?
Updated: 26 Sep 2013

Dear friends in FIAPO, I am writing this share with you something sad and astonishing.
Yesterday I was walking a dog through my village down by the khets.
The two buffalos that I always look forward to seeing in their tiny little plot were not to be seen. Getting old, must have been time for slaughter.
But there was a new mother...a new buffalo with her  baby tied out of reach.
The mother buffalo was insane with frustration. She was bellowing--a roar it was--a scream of anguish to get to her baby-- and repeatedly banging her head on the tree to which she was tied with a chain just two feet long.
I ran down to the khets to find her owner. He was out smoking his chillum distantly.
I told the women nearer the road that the cow was in real trouble. They smiled and kept picking the subjis.
I screamed at a nearby boy to get the owner--to tell him the cow is really going to break her horns on the tree. The ladies still smiled and didn't move. Finally I yelled at the kid to go get him (I couldn't leave my dog)...
The man slowly walked up seeing me, (I guess because he saw me; he totally knew she was in agony;) he cut the rope. She was hysterical. She flew over the barrier wall and ran down the road (my direction; I jumped a rock boundary wall) and ran a bit more, slipped, laid down and closed her eyes and DIED RIGHT THEN AND THERE.

Friends, the tree she had been tied to--a big tree--had been half destroyed by her wretched struggle. My neighbor told me casually "oh she had been screaming like that all night. Pagal."
My heart broke into a thousand pieces. Everyone who passed her apparently knew her agony. She wasn't pagal, she was desperate to get to her child. Is a mother crazy who is desperate for her child?
What is education, anyway? What even IS it when everyone sees such torment and ignores it?
The woman who owns that cow then cried buckets of tears. She was crying only for the lost paise. What torment the cow had gone through was nothing special to her. She was one of the gossipers just 50 meters from the torture chamber.
Now the baby is alone.
Sometimes slaughterhouses do have glass walls, and people see inside them and smoke a bidi and carry on with their gossip.
It was one of the strangest and most horrific experiences of my life and I thank God I have you --some known to me, so many unknown--friends who would grieve for this mother with me. I feel slightly less devastated with you to share this with.
Every drop of cow's milk we take was produced for a calf, not for you. Consider that you took it from the baby. Tastes bad, the heart can't stand the taste.

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67 Doctors say misconceptions about dog bites linger, more awareness needed in the community
Updated: 26 Sep 2013

Doctors say misconceptions about dog bites linger, more awareness needed in the community

Several years ago, a dog bite meant getting 16 shots of an anti-rabies vaccine on the abdomen. Today, with advanced care, the shots are down to just four or five to prevent the onset of rabies, a deadly viral disease. But misconceptions surrounding what to do when bitten by a dog still linger.

“Many people continue to follow old remedies that are ineffective. Some apply erukkam paal, coffee powder, mud and cow dung on the dog bite. Some tie a piece of cloth above the wound thinking it will arrest the spread of infection. The only thing to do is wash the wound with soap under running water for 15 minutes. Antiseptic solution can then be applied, but medical help must be sought immediately,” said S. Raghunanthanan, professor of medicine, Madras Medical College (MMC) and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (GH).

Globally, 55,000 people die every year due to rabies. Sixty per cent of these are aged 15 years or below. In India, rabies causes 20,000 deaths every year.

At GH, 95 per cent of animal bite cases are dog bites. The hospital receives 50 to 70 cases of animal bites a day, Dr. Raghunanthanan said.

To prevent rabies, four to five doses of anti-rabies vaccine are administered on the 0, 3, 7, 14 and 28 days of a bite.

“We abandoned the 16-dose vaccine years ago. The present vaccine is safe and it’s the only way to prevent rabies. Rabies is fatal, but 100 per cent preventable. People should not wait to see if the dog lives for 10 days as is done in many cases,” Dr. Raghunanthanan added.

In a study undertaken among school and college students and the adult population in the community, MMC’s Institute of Community Medicine found that among school students, 37.3 per cent thought that rabies could spread through an animal’s licks.

While 42.8 per cent knew rabies was a killer disease, only 15 per cent knew that it cannot be cured. In the community, 33 per cent were aware of the mode of spread and 47 per cent knew it was a killer disease.

No treatment is required if a person feeds or touches a rabies-affected dog or if the dog licks intact skin, said Dr. Raghunanthanan.

“If the dog causes a skin injury or licks the mucus membrane like in the mouth, eyes and nose, vaccination is must. If it bites and a muscle is injured, then vaccination and immunoglobulin should be administered,” he said. He stressed the need for patients to complete the course even if the wound healed.

GH Dean V. Kanagasabai said the government has allotted Rs. 10.5 crore this financial year for the purchase of anti-rabies vaccines for government hospitals in the State. Of this, GH gets Rs. 10 lakh.

On World Rabies Day on Saturday, the hospital has organised an exhibition consisting of posters near the outpatient block. The exhibition will be open between 7.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.

Rabies can spread through licks too!

By Express News Service - CHENNAI

Published: 26th September 2013 07:44 AM

Last Updated: 26th September 2013 07:44 AM

  • Health Minister K C Veeramani at the Rabies Awareness exhibition | R Satish Babu
    Health Minister K C Veeramani at the Rabies Awareness exhibition | R Satish Babu

Only close to 50 per cent of school students in the eighth and ninth grades are aware that rabies spreads through dogs, reveals a survey by the Madras Medical College (MMC) and the Institute of Community Medicine.

The survey was released as part of the World Rabies Day awareness campaign at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) on Wednesday. The campaign comprised an exhibition and a workshop about the disease.

The survey was carried out among 100 government and 100 private school students from eighth and ninth grades, undergraduate students of MMC and the general adult population.

According to the survey, only 51.7 per cent of the students knew that rabies spread through dogs. Even among those who were aware, only 37.3 per cent knew that it can also spread through licks, while 40.3 per cent knew it can spread through scratches. 15 per cent of the students were aware that rabies cannot be cured, while 42.8 percent knew it was a killer disease.

Meanwhile, awareness among rabies among the adult population seemed even lower than that of students. Only 33 per cent of those surveyed knew about the different modes of spreading, but 51 per cent knew it was not curable.

Awareness levels among MBBS students was considerably higher, but even among them, only 58 per cent knew the different modes of spreading. Sixty nine per cent of them knew that vaccination must be taken for even the bite of a pet dog. Minister for Health K C Veeramani, who was present on the occasion, said that all efforts must be taken to spread awareness about rabies as it could be easily prevented.

But despite the availability of vaccination, around 55,000 people die of rabies each year, he said. He appealed to the people to make use of the free rabies vaccination provided at all government hospitals.

RGGGH & MMC dean Dr V Kanagasabai said that the exhibition would be held in various schools in the city as part of the World Rabies Day Awareness Campaign.

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68 Animal hating Sun city residents
Updated: 08 Oct 2013

News update:

Hi all!
We met RWA Suncity yesterday...
Before I get into the result part of it, would want to extend my gratitude to Sangeeta ji, Umesh Ji , Parul and Manish (fail to recollect the names of other two great friends who showed up)

For the first time I felt the power of collectivism, for the first time I felt strong because I had my own people along.
I am sure if we can back each other up, much of the cynical behavior that we have to face individually would fade away. the group had mix of every color. good PR skills, good logical reasoning, sound law understanding, aggression etc. we have it all and as people who love life, I am sure God too is on our side. we just need to be together.

As per suncity, well ! the boards are down, RWA has agreed to partner in sterilization process, dog feeding zones would be marked (one of us i.e. BIndu with one resident would be doing that)...apart from the above mentioned, sensitization program would also be conducted. things are not yet closed but atleast on the right track.

Warm regards


So the animal hating sun city residents are at it again and not for the first time. Funny how they keep complaining about increase in dog numbers and dog bites and only two people are taking care of the dogs..maybe if they complained less and got together and sterilised the dogs ...well if one can get away by just complaining..please see details below..its quite sad. This is the same place where local goons threatened the animal lovers with rape and acid attack, so it shows what kind of people are there.


sorry for another mail...but thought it is important to keep friends in loop
The new tactic applied by either RWA or the residents of Suncity
Suncity arcade is right now limmed with posters which are nothing but a trailer to what is in their minds right now
Headline of the posters
from kids "hum bacho ko khoonkaar kutton ka shikaar na hone dein"
from elderly "hum badi umar ke logon ko khoonkaar kutton ka shikaar na hone dein"
it is a teaser to something really bad ....I don't know where it is heading ...they are together and much snarter than people like us for sure is like an anti-dog rally and they have scared for the little ones all the more...because such things happen only after conclusive meetings..
what do I do????


Hi anando,

This is Sangeeta frm wah.amita singh who is d head of her deptt in jnu is our president this yr.we are active in new gurgaon n v sucessfully doing abc prog .lot of dogs were neutered in new ggn.where dogs were fed n loved like in dlf ph-1,2,3,4,5 and sec 5556,57.unfortunately in suncity d scene is v bad 98% r dog haters...1.5% r neutral n only .5% r dog lovers n only 2   persons feeding 200 dogs...they are bindu Gupta n vartika sahni.
So d dog haters had a meeting on sun wd d suncity rwa n management n decided to relocate all d dogs so they hv put thier intention all over through all u know frm vartika.
Our action......
1.  Fwded this complaint wd pics to most of the  animal activists,awbi chairman,supreme court lawyer,local police.meeting dcp gurgaon wd supporters to discuss.
Yes stetlisation has been a part of suncity Projects but since people r NT friendly wd dogs here..catching them is v difficult..
We need yr support to highlight this issue in newspapers n later when it takes sm shape...then tv n fm.
Pls fwd this to all yr circle so that we hv all support on mail wd their nos.n do fed it to me.lets hv a bigger group.

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69 Organic Food Mela - 29th Sept, 2013?
Updated: 23 Sep 2013

Dear Friends,

The best way to keep children healthy is for them to eat good food. Food that is not adulterated with pesticides and unclean sewage water.

People For Animals, India’s largest organization working for the welfare of Animals has also been working to spread the culture of organic food. We are organizing Delhi’s Second Organic Food Mela on 29th September 2013, Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm at the grounds of Dr. RadhaKrishnan International School, C Block, Chetak Vithi Marg, Defence Colony, New Delhi 1100 24. This mela will also have puppies, cats and rabbits from Shelter Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre for Adoption.


Do Come and Buy Your Yearly Supplies. It’s good for your Children to taste REAL FOOD.

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

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70 Bangalore dog in distress Help this dachshund?
Updated: 17 Sep 2013

Dear all,

For your information the little dog is still tied to a pole outside the apartment building despite animal inspector Mr Santhakumar's warning. If I understand the law correctly,  keeping a dog chained 24x7 outside in all weathers is illegal under the PCA Act (Chapter III - Cruelty To Animals Generally
f) keeps for an unreasonable time any animal chained or tethered upon an
unreasonably short or unreasonably heavy chain or cord; or
(g) being the owner, neglects to exercise or cause to be exercised reasonably any
dog habitually chained up or kept in close confinement; or
(h) being the owner of (any animal) fails to provide such animal with sufficient
food, drink or shelter).
I contacted many animal lovers in Bangalore and had hoped someone would come forward to rescue the dog or even counsel the Iranian men who claim they intend to take him back to Iran with them. The dog is still there, tied. up as always.
Going by recent newspaper reports,8599,2065873,00.html

If indeed these men take the Dachshund to Iran, I can only imagine what his condition in that country would be, and he's only 7 months old!

Joy is back in Delhi so now there's no one inBangalore to provide relief.

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71 Chhaya Premium Dog Boarding - A Fund Raising Endeavour
Updated: 13 Sep 2013

A fun-filled holiday destination and day-boarding for your pampered pet.

Let your pet enjoy the followings while you are away:

  • Well-ventilated, specious and comfy private kennels.
  • Comfort of fans, air-conditioner and room-heater.
  • 24 hours love & care taken by experienced staff.
  • Dog-friendly, clean and parasite-free environment.
  • Lush-green play area.
  • Choice of home-cooked and ready made food.

All these for just a nominal donation of Rs.350/- per dog per day YOU ENJOY: Income Tax Exemption under section 80(G) of IT Act. AN ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSE

100% of the proceeds from Chhaya Dog Boarding goes to the maintenance and care for 80 plus animals residing at Swarna Lata Home for Destitute Animals, New Delhi. After deducting the costs, each contribution of Rs.350/- does either of the followings: Feeding 10 dogs or 20 cats a day, OR Providing supplements for all the animals for 5 days, OR Vaccinating 2 dogs or 1 cat.

Chhaya Dog Boarding Khasra No. 849, Village: Bhati Khurd, Chhattarpur-Bhati Mines Road New Delhi - 110074 |Contact No: 98189 11612|

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72 Save Assam's Street Dogs From Slaughter?
Updated: 09 Sep 2013

Bonnylina Baruah from Guwahati wrote to me -
"A few days ago I saw on the news that a truck-load of street dogs were taken from a place in assam to another state to be slaughtered for the meat market. I was horrified. And today while going to chenikuthi from beltola, I didn't see one stray dog on the street, not a single one. Even at the places where I would see them regularly and have become familiar faces to me. I guess they had been taken too and probably already slaughtered. And there's absolutely nothing I can do about it."





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73 MUST WATCH film : An Apology To Elephants?
Updated: 06 Jul 2013

MUST WATCH film : An Apology To Elephants?

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74 Raja – The Innocent Elephant Held Captive By Angry Palm Oil Growers — Dies
Updated: 05 Jul 2013

Raja – The Innocent Elephant Held Captive By Angry Palm Oil Growers — Dies Posted on July 1, 2013 by gettingonmysoapbox


Photo credit: Ecologist Film Unit (Ulet Ifansasti) and/or Elephant Family:

This is such a tragic, heartbreaking and maddening story. Weeks ago, the Ecologist Film Unit, accompanied by the NGO Elephant Family, was documenting the “environmental genocide” going on in Sumatra, that is, the disappearing rainforest in the (once) wilds of Aceh Province, Sumatra, and how that rainforest depletion is killing off all the great biodiversity and critically endangered species who inhabit it, like the Sumatran elephant. Apparently unplanned, the film crew stumbled on angry local villagers who were holding a baby wild elephant, nicknamed Raja (look at that adorable photo above), hostage for what comes naturally to an elephant when its forest habitat is depleted and it’s hungry — foraging for food, which destroyed the palm oil crops planted by these now-angry villagers. (Look, I get it that this is the villagers’ livelihood.)

Despite the NGO’s efforts to get the elephant released, Raja was kept tethered to a chain for weeks. No vet could visit. Nobody was allowed to release the elephant. The villagers just wanted to keep him hostage, demanding government compensation for the damage. Their crops are being destroyed by elephants without a home, and in the escalating man v. nature battle raging in Sumatra the humans wanted to win.

Nicknamed Raja by the people who fed him, the baby elephant cuts a pitiful sight, straining for food at the end of a rusty padlock and chain. Caught in a plantation in Aceh Utara last month, the villagers said they were keeping him here by force. Government vets have tried to remove him, but they refused, demanding compensation for the damage that elephants do to their land first. Farmer Sabaruddin, showed us chewed up banana leaves, missing coco pods and a hut verging on collapse, all surrounded by tell-tale feet marks of thieving elephants, that he says are drastically impacting on the livelihoods of the community here.

‘The people are angry when the elephants destroy the fields, because it is not just one or two years waiting to harvest, but sometimes for many years. When we are about to harvest the elephants had already come and destroyed the field. We plant again and then just when it’s about time to harvest, it’s destroyed again’, he said. Deprived of full time veterinarian care, Raja died two weeks later at the end of his chain. He is not alone.

Available at: HERE

Yes, you know how this story ends. Raja died. It’s soul-crushing, and yet it happened despite laws on the books in Indonesia that prevent this very crime. Obviously, there’s no enforcement but the villagers involved should still be punished in some form as a deterrent to future action. (Watch the video at the below Daily Mail UK site. A villager hops on a captive Raja’s back.)

What I want to know is why didn’t someone just cut that flimsy little chain and kidnap the elephant and release him? Why didn’t anybody do that?! Why did this fall through the cracks?! Here are some of the Indonesian laws that were specifically violated:

Act 23/1997 Basic Provision for the Management of Living Environment Government Regulation No. 8/1999 for Utilization of Fauna and Flora Act 41/1999 for Forestry Management, No. 7/1999 for Preservation of Fauna and Flora (Thanks Sumatra Environmental Education Concern,

Photo credit and copyright ownership: Daily Mail UK, Jim Wickens/The Ecologist Film Unit, and/or Elephant Family.

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75 Jamshedpur, India: Working Towards an Animal-Friendly City
Updated: 02 Jul 2013

Humane Society International/India

  • Demonstrating positive interaction. HSI

by Keren Nazareth

The Sri Dorabji Tata Trust will invest USD $1 million over the next three years to make Jamshedpur, India an animal-friendly city. HSI is the lead implementing agency and has begun work on a project to raise community awareness.

"HSI will build a model for humane animal birth control practices in India. Our motive in seeking this collaboration was to be able to demonstrate success for a humane dog management plan—from monitoring and gathering information to humane handling and community participation," says Rahul Sehgal, Director, Asia for HSI.

The program has so far undertaken scientific surveys, based on which the ABC project will be planned. The University of Glasgow will set up a database to help with data collection/analysis, a significant part of this model and a learning process.

Creating a team

HSI will employ Animal Welfare Officers to involve the community in the project by asking residents to observe dogs after (spay/neuter) surgery and phone a helpline if they see any who seem unwell. A dedicated team with a van will follow up as needed.

Support our efforts by becoming a Street Dog Defender.

The AWOs will also set an example for human-dog contact. According to HSI consultant Joy Lee, “We heard anecdotal evidence that people like friendly dogs and will even try to take them home, although the dogs usually escape and find a way back to their territories. We hope that positive interactions will lead to more sociable animals, which in turn will lead to good human-dog relationships and ultimately to more adoptions."

HSI will train the AWOs in human behavior change, community engagement techniques and innovative dog trapping methods. Meanwhile, a holding facility managed by HSI will be crucial to increasing efficiency and hygiene and decreasing the stress of the animals during the post-op period.

Demonstrating, then replicating

This project is unique in its phased approach and clear focus on generating evidence-based lessons for others to follow. Innovation in both process and technology will be key to improving the ABC model, first in Jamshedpur and then hopefully throughout India and other Asian countries facing similar challenges. Give now to help street dogs worldwide.

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76 Live Mint story on India's cosmetic testing ban on animals?
Updated: 30 Jun 2013

India bans testing of cosmetics on animals

Move welcomed by activists, cosmetics makers; country joins several countries that already have such bans in place
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First Published: Fri, Jun 28 2013. 11 09 PM IST
According to a 2012 report by Assocham, India’s cosmetics market has been growing at an annual pace of 20% and is expected to reach 20,000 crore by 2014. Photo: Hindustan Times
According to a 2012 report by Assocham, India’s cosmetics market has been growing at an annual pace of 20% and is expected to reach Rs.20,000 crore by 2014. Photo: Hindustan Times
Updated: Sat, Jun 29 2013. 01 05 AM IST
New Delhi: India has banned the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals in a move welcomed by animal welfare activists and even makers of cosmetics.
Drug controller general of India G.N. Singh made an announcement to this effect on Friday at a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) panel meeting in New Delhi. Singh had put the two animal tests (it tests how chemicals react in the mouth) listed in BIS for cosmetics on hold in February after representations by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and member of Parliament Maneka Gandhicalling for a ban. He had asked for the submission of non-animal testing methods at the time.
India joins several countries that already have such bans in place. The European Union, which banned testing of cosmetics on animals in 2004, extended this in February to all its trading partners. Common tests carried out in India are skin sensitization tests in which a substance is applied to the surface of the skin or injected under the skin of a guinea pig or applied to the ear of a mouse to test for allergies. Another test commonly carried out by cosmetic companies is an eye irritation test in which test substance is applied to a rabbits’ eyes to test for irritation.
According to a 2012 report by Assocham, India’s cosmetics market has been growing at an annual pace of 20% and is expected to reach Rs.20,000 crore by 2014.
Animal rights organizations welcomed the ban. “Animal tests are cruel and unreliable. Non-animal methods of testing are modern, humane and human-relevant,” said Peta India science policy adviserChaitanya Koduri.
Some organizations see alternatives to animal testing getting a boost as a result of the ban.
Humane Society, an animal rights organization, has documented alternative testing methods like one using mouse cells to detect sunlight-induced photo-toxicity, and three-dimensional, reconstructed human skin models such as EpiDerm to replace rabbits in testing for skin corrosion and skin irritation.“After the ban on animal testing in EU in 2009, there was an acceleration in the development of non-animal alternatives,” said Alokparna Sengupta of Humane Society International.
Although cosmetic companies in India denied that they still perform tests on animals, they welcomed the announcement. “This is a good announcement although we don’t do any such tests. More regulations are coming in India everyday and this will keep us in line with international standards,” said Samir Modi, managing director of Colorbar, a US-based cosmetics company. Modi Revlon Pvt. Ltd, which sells American cosmetic brand Revlon in India, also stressed that the company did not perform tests on animals. “We comprehensively test all of our products using the most technologically advanced methods available to ensure they are both innovative and safe to use,” says the company spokesperson.
Unilever said it was committed to the elimination of animal testing. “It is equally committed to consumer health and safety, and to the safety of its workforce and the environment. Where some testing is required by law or currently unavoidable, we aim to minimize the number of animals used. Since the 1980s, we have remained at the forefront of research into non-animal approaches to test product safety,” a spokesperson said.

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77 BREAKING: India bans cosmetic testing on animals!?
Updated: 30 Jun 2013
Dear Anando,

We did it! Our Be Cruelty-Free campaign has just scored another landmark victory for lab animals -- a ban on all animal testing for cosmetics in India!

After more than a year of intensive campaigning and policy negotiations by HSI/India, the Drug Controller General has approved the complete removal of any mention of animal tests from India’s cosmetics standard. India now joins the ranks of Europe and Israel as subjecting rabbits, rats, and mice to painful or lethal testing becomes illegal and is replaced with modern non-animal alternatives.

With your help, we can make the victory even sweeter! Urge India's Minister of Health and Family welfare to ban the import and sale of cruel cosmetics in India.

HSI and our partners have been the driving force behind this testing ban, but we couldn’t have done it without the vital help of our supporters and so many elected representatives and celebrities. We thank the compassionate Members of Parliament--especially Smt Maneka Gandhi and Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda--and other State Legislative Assemblies and Legislative Councils who took the time to press the government to take this step.

And we're grateful to the long list of stars who shone for animals by signing our Be Cruelty-Free India pledge, raising public awareness of the unnecessary suffering endured by animals used for cosmetics testing.

But our work isn’t done yet, and we're asking you to stand with us and take the next step -- act now to ban the import of any cosmetics tested on animals to India.

If animal testing of cosmetics is illegal inside India’s labs, it also should be illegal on India’s shop shelves. As we did in Europe, HSI is leading the campaign in India for a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world.

Only then can India truly Be Cruelty-Free. We need your help, please take action today!

A heartfelt thanks to all of you--without your support it would simply not be possible for our Be Cruelty-Free campaign to operate globally and achieve this kind of life-saving progress for animals.


Andrew Rowan
Andrew Rowan
President and CEO
Humane Society International

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78 Brotherhood of the Universal Life by Hiranmay Karlekar?
Updated: 26 Jun 2013

Swami Vivekananda had said that even the smallest animal is the same “as I am, he has the same soul as I have”. Have we already forgotten his thoughts?

According to recent media reports, a study, published in the American Journal of Primatology, attributes five dimensions to chimpanzee personalities with a possible sixth, methodicalness requiring further investigation. A look at the full report by Dr Hani Freeman of the Lester E Fisher Centre for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and her colleagues — Sarah F Brosnan, Lydia M Hopper, Susan P Lambeth, Steven Schapiro and Samuel D Gosling — states, “Strong evidence was found for five of the factors (Reactivity/Undependability, Dominance, Openness, Extraversion [extroversion], and Agreeableness). A sixth factor (Methodical) was offered provisionally until more data are collected.”

According to the study, “Theoretically, knowing the number and nature of dimensions underlying [the] chimpanzee personality is needed to understand the developmental and evolutionary bases of personality traits in all species. Practically, information.... can be integrated into management applications for chimpanzee husbandry (improving welfare and aiding in socialization management).” While all this has considerable relevance for scholars and managers of zoos (prisons for animals which should be abolished), most important for all animal lovers is the study's reaffirmation that chimpanzees have personalities. It helps them in their acrimonious argument with advocates of Speciesism who exclude all non-human living beings from the morality-based protection that apply to humans. They believe that membership of the species Homo sapiens is the criterion that makes the difference.

Historically, the attribution of a special and superior status to humans stems from the belief that unlike all other living beings they alone have reason and emotions. Aristotle held that animals belonged to the category of inanimate objects because they lacked reason. St Augustine said that the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” did not apply to bushes because they had no sensation, “nor to unreasoning animals that fly, walk and crawl, because they are not partners with us in the faculty of reason.”

Humans are potentially — and often are — rational. But they are notoriously vulnerable to unreason and, under the latter's spell, can commit horrendous crimes like genocide. No animal has ever done that. Besides, if humans have reason, animals are far superior in their possession of faculties like smell, hearing and that intangible thing called sixth sense which alerts them to coming danger. A multiplicity of authors has shown animals feel as intensely as humans.

In an interview to Shubhobroto Ghosh (The Telegraph. January 29, 2007), Jane Goodall, the legendary primatologist, said, “Spoken language would have enabled our ancestors to articulate feelings of awe, feelings that would lead to religious belief, then to organised worship.” Ghosh further quotes her as saying that humans are not the only beings to experience awe and mentions her as citing the instance of “a magnificent waterfall” at Kakombe valley (Tanzania) where, in her words, “often the chimpanzees aggregate” and  “exhibit a slow, rhythmic motion, performing a magnificent dance for more than 10 minutes.” Goodall, he adds, believes the chimpanzees might be responding to a feeling of awe and that in a similar fashion discussions among our prehistoric ancestors might have led to the development of organised religion.

The study in the American Journal of Primatology reinforces the proven claim that animals have feelings and have the right to be protected by the moral code that applies to humans. Of course, not all religions have excluded them from it. As Swami Vivekananda said in his seminal speech on Vedantism in Jaffna in January, 1897, “In every man and in every animal, however weak or wicked, great or small, resides the same Omnipresent, Omniscient soul. The difference is not in the soul, but in the manifestation. Between me and the smallest animal, the difference is only in manifestation, but as a principle he is the same as I am, he is my brother, he has the same soul as I have. This is the greatest principle that India has preached. The talk of the brotherhood of man becomes in India the brotherhood of universal life, of animals, and of all life down to the little ants — all these are our bodies.”

But then, how many Indians remember Swamiji, one of their greatest compatriots?

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79 URGENT: Animals in Uttarakhand need help---please spread the word?
Updated: 24 Jun 2013

The animals of Uttrakhand need your help. They are starving with absolutely no vegetation available. Govindghat and Gaurikund have a massive congregation of mules, more than 2,000 of which are missing or dead and an equal number are injured or dying. Gauri Mulekhi is taking a relief team with supplies to Gaurikund near Kedarnath. Govindghat is beyond reach because the connecting bridge has collapsed and we simply cannot get there. There are no roads for some 40 kilometers there, we are trying to get the government to assist. More and more supplies will be needed in due time. Hopefully we will be there by Saturday. The local teams have tried and failed. The stench of death is everywhere.

PFA Dehradoon is reaching them with truckloads if food and medicines which is costing them Rs 40 a sack. Please help by donating generously. Our bank deatails:

711201011000823, Vijaya Bank Rajpur Road Branch, Dehradun.
The account is in the name of 'People for Animals Uttarakhand'.
VIJB0007112 IFSC Code
The donkeys and other animals need support . Please help spread this message

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80 Dog breeder caught in Thane
Updated: 12 Jun 2013

Dog breeder caught in Thane

Varsha Dugar @varshadugar

Naupada: Four dogs rescued on May 31 by Naupada police can considered themselves fortunate for being saved from a breeder’s clutches. But most dogs are not that lucky.
Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals (YODA) and Naupada police laid a trap and rescued two Labrador and two cocker spaniels from breeder Maya Sandhu. 
Maya and her husband Tejwinder had adopted two Labrador from Ayeshea Silviera, an animal lover, who helps in adoptions of dogs. When Silviera visited the Sandhus’ Bhayander home a few days after they adopted them, she found the flat locked. 
Suspecting something amiss, she contacted YODA. The Sandhus had put up one of the dogs for sale online, which gave them away. YODA workers then posed as buyers and arranged a meeting with Maya. While Maya has got bail, her husband is absconding.
This incident brought to fore the way dogs are bought and sold in India. “There is no policy for dog adoption, purchase, sale or even breeding. Background check of the person who is adopting or buying a dog becomes crucial,” said Pooja Sakpal, co-founder, YODA.
There are many organisations, including YODA, that facilitate adoption of dogs. 
However, the number of people who adopt a dog for the pure pleasure of having a pet at home is minuscule. 
“An overwhelming number of those who have dogs are running puppy mills. They mostly keep female dogs who are made to breed until they become skin-and-bone. Puppies are sold anywhere between Rs80,000 and Rs100,000. Mostly, terraces make for breeding grounds where dogs are kept in very disturbing conditions,” said Priya Agarwal from YODA.
Sometimes, breeders administer steroids to puppies to make them look healthy when the buyers come, but within two-three days they die. 
“Background check is the most important thing in the business of dog adoptions. And it is best done through an established organisation. Police and administration are hand-in-gloves with the breeders. So awareness is the only way to save dogs,” added Agarwal.

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81 Did the Chennai NGOs including Blue Cross of India, SPCA and PFA fight the Chennai Mayors order for creating dog pounds? And are they fighting it now?
Updated: 08 Jun 2013

Dog pounds are not what the doctor ordered for Indian Dogs. Animal Birth Control Rules are. Typical state governments that give abysmal healthcare to its citizens through government hospitals, and incarcerates prisoners in squalor, and can’t manage any level of even a ABC programs in Jammu & KashmirKerala can’t but re-produce the type of ‘dog pounds’ found in HyderabadShimla.
Minutes of the Mayors Meeting in Chennai Pg 1

Minutes of the Mayors Meeting in Chennai Pg 1

But now dog pounds in Chennai don’t just seem an illegal inevitability but turns out the decision to make them was taken in the presence of Chennai AWOs including the Blue Cross of India, PFA & SPCA. This comes out clearly in the minutes of the “monitoring committee“meeting held on 15th February, 2013. The meeting was convened by the Commissioner, “regarding animal birth control“. It was in this meeting that the dog pounds were agreed upon.

3 glaring areas of AWOs relinquishing responsibility through this decision and subsequently stand out:
  1. In the minutes there is is no evidence of a strong push back from the AWOs on this to the Municipal Commissioner/ Mayors office. Other than an observation of PFA asking for ABC at the same location there is nothing to suggest that Blue Cross and SPCA having voiced anything at all! This amounts to concurrence not protest.
  2. If this decision was made and the intent of the Mayor was clear why is that the AWOs (and the AWBI Rep) did not ring the alarm bells and we get to learn of this from a newspaper report 10 days before the ‘supposed due date’ of pounds opening?
  3. And now that the cat’s out of the bag why have the AWOs not taken the bull by the horns and given the pushback to the Mayors office and seen to be giving that pushback (since no evidence of that has been seen so far on the e-mail chains & Facebook communities related to stray dogs in India in which the members of these organizations are active and do engage with the ‘dog activists’ and where a great deal of concern is being voiced).
A reading of the monitoring committee meeting minutes show that:
  1. “Principal Secretary / Commissioner requested the N.G.O.s to render assistance in maintaining the ‘Dog Shelters’, which are proposed to be established in all the zones by the Corporation of Chennai and one shelter initially at Madambakkam for accommodating 2000 homeless, sick and aged dogs.” (Item 10)
  2. Principal Secretary / Commissioner expressed that dogs caught near the hospitals and educational institutions are left at the same place after Animal birth control operations and insisted that , this practice should be dispensed with. N.G.O.s agreed to this suggestion.” (Item 9)
  • Every stray dog is a “homeless” dog. So the intent is clear – that all dogs be bundled into these ‘Dog Shelters’. This is clearly contrary to Rule 7(6) of the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules ; and what is ironical is that this illegality was mooted and adopted at a monitoring committee meeting, “regarding animal birth control” (as per the minutes). As we all know, the ABC (D) Rules clearly mandate that dogs have to be sterilized, vaccinated, and then released back at the localities that they were picked up from. In fact, dog populations stabilize only if the dogs are released back at their own territories. If the same is done, they keep newer dogs from entering the vacuum created by their absence. In any event, what was decided at this meeting was contrary to the ABC (D) Rules ; and it was decided in the presence of the Blue Cross of India, PFA, and SPCA representatives, who did not protest. In fact, even an Assistant Secretary from the AWBI is supposed to have been present. The AWBI has openly taken a stand against the pounds ; but have the animal welfare NGOs of Chennai done so too? Not that we know of. The letter written by the Chairperson, AWBI, to the Mayor and Commissioner, Chennai Municipal Corporation, strongly protesting against the illegal pounds, can be seen HERE.
  • Moreover, the animal welfare NGOs of Chennai have specifically agreed to displacing dogs picked up from near hospitals and educational institutions. This is, again, clearly contrary to Rule 7(6) of the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules. What becomes of these dogs? That is not disclosed. Don’t the NGOs realize that newer dogs will enter the vacuum thereby created ; and that the same is likely to cause greater ‘peril’ – if peril is what was feared from the poor, targeted dogs of Chennai.
AND THE GLARING QUESTION THAT STANDS OUT IS : Why didn’t the animal welfare NGOs of Chennai that participated in the meeting held on 15th February, 2013, come out into the open about this shocking illegality? If in fact they dissented during the course of the meeting, and the minutes are inaccurate, did they write to Commissioner recording their protest? If they were as horrified as are we, WHY DID THEY CONCEAL THIS FACT?
Why are not the Chennai AWOs standing up and fighting against a wrongful decision and have not fought from the beginning?
Minutes of the Mayors Meeting in Chennai Pg 1
Minutes of the Mayors Meeting in Chennai Pg 1
AWBI response to Mayor and Commissioner MC Chennai reg. Dog Pounds pg-1
AWBI response to Mayor and Commissioner MC Chennai reg. Dog Pounds pg-1
AWBI response to  Mayor and Commissioner MC Chennai reg. Dog Pounds pg-2
AWBI response to Mayor and Commissioner MC Chennai reg. Dog Pounds pg-2

Minutes of the Mayors meeting in Chennai Pg 2
Minutes of the Mayors meeting in Chennai Pg 2

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Updated: 07 Jun 2013

It is wrong to believe that brutality towards animals has a limited fall-out. Police indifference to crimes against animals has grave implications for society

Three examples from Vadodara, Mumbai and Delhi respectively underline how the response of the police in India leaves much to be desired in cases of crimes against animals. In the first, an utterly friendly and docile community dog, Rheo, was repeatedly and savagely hit on the head with sticks while it was sleeping inside a building called Race Course Towers. In excruciating pain and trauma, he bit a shopkeeper as he fled. The pursuing mob continued to batter him until he finally managed to disappear. Brought to a veterinary hospital later, he was declared dead on arrival as a result of brain haemorrhage.

A complaint was lodged with Gotri Police Station on May 28. The police did register it and arrested four persons on June 3 after Ms Maneka Gandhi's intervention. All the four, however, were released on bail by the evening as the offences they were charged with were bailable. The complainant, Ms Hansa Roy, an animal rights activist who has done wonders for Vadodara's stray dogs, is now apprehensive of her own and her family's safety as one of the accused has threatened her. Moreover, arresting a culprit is only the beginning. Much depends on how a case is investigated, constructed and argued. What happens now, therefore, needs to be closely watched.

The same goes for the second incident, which occurred on Inlaks Hospital Road, Chembur, Mumbai, early on May 25 morning when three men attacked a harmless stray dog, and killed it by stabbing it repeatedly and hitting it with a stone. Another dog, Tiger, owned by a local resident, Kumar Chetty, was also attacked, but managed to escape.

A part of the attack was caught on CCTV cameras mounted outside Mr Chetty's home, which clearly showed what had happened. The Mumbai Mirror reported on May 27 that Mr Chetty went to the Chembur police station to register a complaint; the personnel there refused to do so citing political pressure. They finally registered it on May 25 night after intervention by activists of the organisation, In Defence of Animals.

Two of the three accused persons — Sham and Sunny — were arrested on May 25 night but were bailed out on May 26 for `10,000 each. The third accused had yet to be arrested at the time of writing. The question remains as to how seriously the police will pursue the case. The Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India, Maj-Gen RM Kharb (Retd), has officially written to the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, urging effective action and it will be a scandal if the guilty still go scot free.

Whatever it is, some preliminary action has been taken in Vadodara and Mumbai. Unfortunately, no action whatever seems to have been taken in respect of regular and merciless beating of stray dogs by security guards in Pragati Vihar Hostel, where Central Government officials live, in the heart of the nation's capital, New Delhi. Despite a complaint having been registered with the Lodhi Colony Police Station as early as February 19, 2013, the beatings continue in blatant violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, and Ms Dipanwita Majumdar and her son Rahul, who feed and care for the dogs, wage a lonely battle .

When talking about the indifference and worse of police in India toward punishable crimes against animals, one often faces the question: What should receive priority? Crimes against humans or animals? In their paper, ‘From Animal Cruelty to Serial Murder: Applying the Graduation Hypothesis’, Jeremy Wright and Christopher Hensley write in The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology: “Since the late 1970s, the FBI has considered animal cruelty to be a positive indicator of future serial murder”.

In ‘Childhood Cruelty to Animals and Subsequent Violence against Humans’, in a different issue of the same prestigious journal, Linda Merz-Perez, Kathleen M Heide and Ira J Silverstone, write, “Offenders who committed violent crimes as adults were significantly more likely than adult non-violent offenders as children to have committed acts of cruelty against animals in general and pets and stray animals in particular.” It is animals today; it will be humans tomorrow.

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83 disgusting ad in TOI today! on ileadindia
Updated: 03 Jun 2013


Their Response


Dear Anando,

With reference to the Times of India ad which spoke of ‘stray dogs’ as a menace, our intention was for people to view this as an issue and find a solution which involves taking care of the stray dogs.
We are sorry that this communication has been misconstrued. We thank you for your feedback and for bringing this to our notice. This ad is being removed from our digital space with immediate effect and will also not appear in print.

With Regards,
The I Lead India Team


To whomsoever concerned,

This is in reference to your lead India ad in Times of India on 2nd June 2013 where it says "dude, these street dogs are a menace".

Let me clarify something to you people who obviously are unaware of the laws of the country , hateful comments that leads to more hatred towards and vendetta against innocent animals is illegal and immoral though I doubt you understand the meaning of 'morals' .

Your television ad in itself was awful where tons of so called 'youth' were burning thousands of chairs . Why? Is wood readily available on the planet that you need to burn chairs and sofas to prove a point of not sitting on corruption any more?

What kind of people are you attracting with a 'retarded' ad like the one you put up today in TOI? Animal hating , bigoted morons? Is that the kind of people you want to 'lead India' . Let me assure you that most of the youth of India are more aware than this and I am already hearing lot of people speaking against today's ad. This will not go un-protested.

Best Regards
Anando Das Gupta

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84 PETA India's pamphlets on stray dogs
Updated: 01 Jun 2013


PETA India's pamphlets on stray dogs

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85 my FIR at indirapuram police stn -copy ; election manifesto of sanjay singh for post of president at shipra sun city,ghaziabad
Updated: 01 Jun 2013



Dear madhu.

i learnt this afternoon to my dismay that sanjay singh has won and is now president of the shipra sun city [Ghaziabad] rwa once again after a gap of two years. this is a big blow for me since his earlier tenure was a traumatising for the canines and for me. several were killed and i was hounded persistently for taking up their cause.

i am particularly frightened for the now much older, the already maimed and the infirm. i have only three slots on my terrace and i already have seven dogs at home. i am not aware of any place that can actually home the entire population of the township which would be over 100 in number. several of these are sterilised and vaccinated but  not all, unfortunately,because that exercise has depended mostly on my physical health, the time i can put in, my financial resources (paid rs 110 for each dog to xxxxxx). Sanjay Singh xxxxxxxxxx the last time, he bagged and  bludgeoned over 20 dogs  death and maimed them before i got to know from other women who quietly feed the dogs at night and the awbi came into the picture.
the manifesto i scanned and mailed to has the relevant point (no.18) translated into english at at the top of the page. it says "shasakiya tarike se awaara kutte and bandar ki menace to khatm kar denge." Literally reads "Over the years, the menace of monkeys and stray dogs in the township has ballooned to phenomenal proportions. I promise to rid the township of these, through administratively approved means, once and for all."
Since there are no such "administratively approved" means that allow relocationb(especially for dogs), murder, pogrom or extermination of these animals from the township, yes, it is hogwash. However, it clearly indicates what he will be upto. That is, once again, bagging them and bludgeoning them to death surreptitiously at night with the active help of many likeminded goondas in the place. Terrifies me to think of going through that nightmare  all over again..
Will appreciate any options for homing the older and maimed ones and for a more sustained solution to reinforcing the law regarding the animals of Shipra and for a long term plan for vaccinating, sterilising and tagging them . Urgently. Thanks much for everything.

Subject: my fir at indirapuram police stn -copy ; election manifesto of sanjay singh

dear xxxxxx 

I am forwarding the scanned copies of the following-
1. copy of my FIR with Indirapuram P.S. after I was recently threatened with rape and acid attack by some of Sanjay Singh's friends and cohorts when I protested their kicking a dog with broken hip who virtually grew up the market place and is now aged about six. Despite contacting the DM through Ms Gandhi (who personally also spoke to the SP, the Commissioner etc and an FIR was registered only after her intervention), the police have not taken any action. This, although I was repeatedly assured of an "imminent arrest" time and again. This is where the matter currently stands.
2.Election manifesto of Sanjay Singh,aspirant for the post of Shipra Sun City (Indirapuram, Ghaziabad)  RWA President for the third time and recently defeated municipal council candidate of the BJP. He has put  up a covert panel for the election on Sunday which sports his agenda.
Pertinent to note that Sanjay Singh xxxxxx  had a lot of stray dogs bludgeoned to death the last time he was president of the RWA,Shipra Sun City. It  was with the intervention of the AWBI's Anjali Sharma and the local PFA representative that a case was registered,  he was threatened with arrest and had to flee to Mumbai for a short while after committing to the police that he would not resort to such tactics again.

The current elections are due on May 26, Sunday and I dread to think what could likely happen if  elected.
-Prabha Jagannathan
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86 The Plastic Cow
Updated: 31 May 2013

The Plastic Cow

In India, one of the most striking images is the cow wandering on the road. In cities, towns and villages numerous cows and bulls sit or wander peacefully, settling down to chew the cud. It gives the impression of a society living together peacefully with animals. The holy cow, the Mother of India is revered by all and, in most states, is not allowed to be slaughtered.

What is The Plastic Cow?

India has an open garbage system, which means open garbage bins on the roads overflowing with stinking waste.

In cities and towns, large numbers of cows on the roads eat from garbage bins, foraging for fruit and vegetable leftovers, anything edible and smelling like food.

Since plastic bags have invaded our lives, almost all garbage and food waste is disposed in plastic bags. Since the plastic bags are knotted at the mouth, cows, unable to undo the knot, eat food leftovers including the plastic. Slowly, over time, they build up a huge amount of plastic inside their stomachs. It gets entangled with different materials and it becomes hard like cement inside their rumens, which is the first belly of the cow.

These cattle, owned or stray, often obstruct traffic and cause accidents. The municipality removes the animals from the road to be sent to godowns, goshalas (shelters designed for cows), temples or they are simply dumped at the garbage landfills on the outskirts of the city. From there they “disappear” into trucks for transport to slaughter.


There are many small “urban” dairy farms in cities and big towns. Dairy owners send their animals out on the road to forage for food as there is no green grass and little or no space to keep the animals at home. Still the owner milks his cows. These cows share the roads with abandoned calves, young and old bulls, old and dry cows. They scavenge between the garbage bins, the vegetable markets and hotels and finally end up on the municipality garbage landfills outside the town.

The Holy Cow reduced to a dying scavenger

There have been anti-plastic campaigns in India. At present there is a ban on plastic bags up to 40 microns in many states. But no one has focused on the hazardous effects of plastic on the animals and their right to live a life free of plastics. It is the basic right of the cow to live and graze on natural food and not have to eat garbage tied up in plastic bags. This is an acute form of cruelty. The noble cow has become a scavenger.

'The Plastic Cow' is a 34-minute documentary about animal rights. The film looks at the impact of our almost complete dependence on plastic bags, which we use and discard carelessly every day, often to dispose our garbage and kitchen waste. The film is also a comment on the religious hypocrisy of the cult of the holy cow.

Plastic Cow campaign Noida (Delhi – NCR)

Eternal Energy, a non profit organisation is actively involved in spreading the cause for the plastic cow. Till date, many campaigns including school programs, interaction with authorities/government officials have been going on in full swing. But no action by the government or any active interest from the people have been achieved. There is total apathy and complete lack of awareness or willingness to help. Every now and then other volunteers and NGOs join in for public outreach programs. There was also a big seminar where the entire issue was debated by experts and public authorities, big promises were made, but nothing came forward.

Eternal Energy, or 9891546445 is seeking assistance from all possible cross sections of society to join hands to take the cause forward.

The above text is extracted from Karuna Society for Animals & Karuna Society is also actively getting a website dedicatedly made for the plastic cow.

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87 Mobile van- on the spot treatment for strays - S Delhi
Updated: 31 May 2013

Our mobile van will do on-the-spot-treatment of street dogs in South Extension, Gautam Nagar and Hauz Khaz, on Sunday, 27 May 2013 between 7 am and 9 am. If your dogs in these areas need help please contact 9999269935. We also need volunteers. Please spread the word, inform everybody you can think of - chaiwallas, dhabas, presswallas, etc. - all those who take care of strays.

Thank you,


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88 Rheo's brutal death, seeking your support in the fight for justice?
Updated: 03 Jun 2013


Dear All,

Smt. Maneka Gandhi had a word with IO Shri H J Banker, and after pressuring him all four culprits have been arrested today. (Culprits are Ramlal, Sanjay Kapoor, Bharat Bhai and Anil Bhai. They have been jailed under IPC 428/429.
We request all of you to call this IO and thank him, so that in future also he will be there to help us, even if he is posted somewhere else. Shri Banker's number is 098250 26603.



With Warm Regards,

Shilpa Chaudhary



Dear all,
A petition to the Commissioner of Police, Baroda has been created demanding justice for the brutal killing of Rheo, a community dog. I request all of you to kindly sign, share and cross post.
thanks and regards,
Kuhu Roy


Dear all,

On 27th May, 2013,  Rheo, a community dog of Pashabhai Park, Baroda, was hammered on the head with sticks because he was sleeping in the premises of Race Course Tower (adjacent to Pashabhai Park). Under excruciating pain and trauma, he bit a shopkeeper as he ran for his life. He was battered further by a mob led by Mr. Sanjay Kapoor (owner of ‘Fusion Bites’ a food joint in Race Course Tower) and incited by Mr. Ramlal (owner of Shreeji Communications and Xerox, in Race Course Tower). Before my mother (Mrs. Hansa Roy) could reach for Rheo's rescue, he had disappeared because the culprits were after his life. When she finally managed to trace him, he was staggering and his mouth was oozing blood. He was immediately taken for treatment to VSPCA. He died on his way in the ambulance itself and the doctor’s diagnosis reports have confirmed death due to brain hemorrhage as a result of head injury. 

The dog was vaccinated against rabies. He was one of the most docile and meek dog. Nobody had ever even heard his bark. 

A police complaint was lodged by Mrs. Hansa Roy at the Gotri police station, citing Mr. Ramlal  for inciting the people for killing Rheo and against Mr. Sanjay Kapoor who was seen carrying sticks with the other members of the mob at Race Course Tower, for killing Rheo. The two main culprits are known dog haters and are a serious threat to the other dogs. The complaint has now been registered as an FIR under section 154 Cr.P.C at the Gotri police station, Baroda dated 28-05-13. 

As a matter of solidarity, I request all of you to please pour in mails and phone calls to the mentioned authorities urging them to take a stern action against the culprits for the heinous crime they conducted.Please be our support in the fight for justice for Rheo. Kindly share/ cross-post. It is time such savage acts are brought to a stop and the offenders be punished in the most serious manner that can serve as a lesson for the other cruelty perpetrators.

Police Inspector, Gotri Police Station, Baroda: Shri H.J. Banker, 09825026603

Shri J. N. Parmar, A.C.P. B Division,

Commissioner of Police, Baroda: Shri Satish Sharma,
Fax: 2432582

Thanks and regards,

Kuhu Roy

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89 Please watch out the 3rd Episode of PUKAAR ( Cow Special ) On You Tube.
Updated: 13 May 2013

Do you drink Milk ?
I dont !
See the video below to know why I am Vegan.
This episode was shown on India News channel yesterday.
And if you like it then pls forward to others

Please watch out the 3rd Episode of PUKAAR ( Cow Special )
On the given You Tube Link.

PUKAAR Song: Specially dedicated to Our Indian Cow.


Gaurav Jain
General Secretary - Bhartiya Rajnitik Vikalp Party
Contestant - NIRC

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90 Vegan Potluck on 12th May in Delhi?
Updated: 11 May 2013

Message from Kriti

Kriti Sachdeva Kolbusz

Vegan Potluck on 12th May in Delhi


Thank you for accepting my invitation for joining me in Paschim Vihar for a raw vegan potluck. I thought I would use this opportunity to ccreate awareness about a raw vegan lifestyle for healthful living among non-vegans as well. Fortunately, I managed to get this huge space inside a temple nearby which means I can accommodate hundreds of people. 

The raw potluck will be from 10AM-11:30AM and after that I am organizing a free health awareness workshop for people with the help of my Doctor friend where we will tell people how they can prevent and reverse diseases by including raw vegan food into their diet. You all are very welcome to stay after 11:30AM for this event and I would absolutely love it if any of you would like to contribute to the discussion but it has to be in Hindi. 

I am making raw curry-style salad, Italian sauce, and raw chocolate cake. My mom will make some raw Indian sweets as well. Please make sure that the dish you bring is not cooked and has no animal products in it, (no honey, butter, milk, ghee or paneer). If you wish, you can just bring 1/2 or 1 kg of fresh fruits. I will bring a blender so that we can make fresh fruit smoothies at the venue. Since the potluck is inside a temple, please dress accordingly.

Venue: Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Sunder Vihar, Ram Dwar, Paschim Vihar 110087
Directions: It is on the outer ring road and the closest metro station is Peeragarhi. You can take a rickshaw from Peera Garhi for Rs. 30-35 

Time: 10AM-11:30AM, please try to be on time

Date : 12th May Sunday

Contact Number: 9013305219

I am looking forward to see you all!

Pls forward

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91 Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go's is performing at AAU benefit! You're invited?
Updated: 11 May 2013

The animals of Animal Aid Unlimited will wag their tails, hee-haw, and exhibit exceptionally delightful naughtiness...


...when YOU attend this year's hottest summer event for Indian street animals, in San Diego, California where rock diva Belinda Carlisle will be shaking it up at The Animal Aid Unlimited Benefit for Indian Street Animals on June 4th 2013.


Belinda Carlisle is the lead singer of The Go-Go's, the most successful all-female rock band in the history of rock and roll and she also has a tremendous following for her work as a solo performing artist. She's been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she's left kisses on the foreheads of arm-fulls of puppies, donkeys, cows and dogs in Animal Aid.


Belinda loves animals and India, and she sought out Animal Aid back in 2007. Since then, Belinda has made numerous trips to India and has generously volunteered and supported Animal Aid despite her hectic performing schedule. She loves humming to donkeys and puppies, and we have even heard them croon alongside her!


All the proceeds from this rollicking fundraiser will be donated to Animal Aid Unlimited.


Created and organised by life-saving supporter Randy Carmical, the Animal Aid Benefit will include fantastic vegan and vegetarian food prepared by Martini's Above Fourth, a silent auction of great stuff, additional musical performance by Spencer Day, and a crowd of heroes: people who are all coming for one very special reason-- to rescue the injured and ill street animals of India.


Erika and Claire will be present to join Belinda, Randy and other Kings and Queens of Kindness to welcome you to this delightful evening.


Please do book your tickets right away for an incredible evening of saving the lives of injured and ill street animals' and spreading compassion in your own


If you can't attend but still want to help boost the Benefit Total Raised, please make afinancial contribution or donate an auction item.*


When donating through the AAU website ( please mention "the Benefit" under "special instructions" on the PayPal page.


We look forward to seeing you soon!



Erika, Claire and Jim


*If donating an auction item, please contact Erika or Claire at, and we will tell you how.


Contact Us:

Phone:           011-099505-31639 / 098295-96637

Animal Aid Unlimited is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organisation. EIN 71-0884843
In India, Animal Aid is tax-exempt and registered as Animal Aid Charitable Trust 35Dev Udai2007

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92 Pit Bull Rescues Woman From Burning House
Updated: 11 May 2013

Last summer Care2 brought you the story of a pit bull who saved his owner not once, but twice. Gloria Benton’s husband John was leaving for work when Titan started acting strange and blocked the door, while barking and growling, which sent him back upstairs to check on his wife. John found Gloria had suffered an aneurism and had fallen and fractured her skull.

It happened a second time when Titan woke John at 4:30 am to let him know that Gloria had fallen in the bathroom.

Now comes another great story of a pit bull rescue.

A pit bull saved his owner from a fire in her Long Island, New York home on May 3, barking to alert her of the flames on the other side of the house that would soon engulf the building.

Jackie Bonasera was drying her hair in an upstairs bathroom of her home in East Norwich when she heard the dog barking. She ran downstairs and saw the flames rapidly spreading from the garage in the back of the house to the front. She ran out of the house, but then realized her dog Cain was still inside.

NBC news reports:

“I ran out of the house and my neighbors came running over, and then I thought about the dog – I’m like, ‘He saved my life, I have to save his,’” Bonasera recounted.