The past year has seen a lot of activity around all campaigns. It has also seen the inclusion of some new campaigns, and some brilliant capacity building work. Here’s a look at the past year in pictures.
Day of Living Free: Free Your Imagination
A Day of Living Free: Free Your Imagination was a national campaign to raise awareness
about farmed animal abuses and needs, the health benefits of vegetarian living, and the negative environmental impact caused by factory farming. Held in 14 cities on 12 April 2015, 4855 people were reached in Jaipur, Surat, Delhi, Lucknow, Jammu, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Morena, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Anantpur and Coimbatore. Participants painted walls, made videos, held painting competitions, and distributed leaflets about the benefits of Going Veg, Staying Veg.
FIAPO frees 33 Abused Animals from Cruel Circus
We freed 33 abused animals from he Moonlight Circus in Nanded, through coordinated efforts with several other activist organisations and individuals. This campaign included under-cover investigations, documentation used in court battles, media liaison, and detailed negotiations with rescue/rehab facilities to ensure that the freed animals will have the best possible care, stimulation and happiness during their remaining years.
MEATOUT: Eat Vegan for a Day
A national campaign ‘Meatout: Eat Vegan for a Day’ was held in seven cities. More than 1436 people were reached out to and 349 people pledged to live vegan or begin the steps of eliminating all meat, dairy and animal products from their lives!
Victory for Camels!
FIAPO provided supporting documentation for lobbying to The Rajasthan State Assembly in order to pass a landmark bill to protect camels and prohibit their slaughter by regulating the transport of camels outside the state, including imposing strict punishment for violators. It’s victory for Camels!
Adopt A College
FIAPO kick-started its Adopt A College program in Pune and Delhi . Over 9 colleges in Delhi and 2 in Pune have been adopted up till now. Cities like Lucknow, Coimbatore, Surajpur and Bilaspur have also started their process of adopting colleges!
January and February, 2015
Challenged Big Dutchman’s plan to build a battery cage farm
FIAPO challenged Big Dutchman’s plans in the Allahabad High Court to establish a a barren wire battery cage farm which would house 1,50,000 egg laying hens in Western Uttar Pradesh. The case has been admitted and notices issued to the Company and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh.
Varanasi: Dog Tales
The city of Varanasi has been and is continuously being awakened to be compassionate towards animals. The work of improving and saving lives of countless animals began in the month of October, 2014. This has been progressing with much vigour and force, with many volunteers taking the initiative to join hands to protect animals. More than 2000 students have been made compassionate towards animals and countless number of dogs and other animals have been saved by the Varanasi activists and locals.
October, 2014 – To Date
The Bigger Picture: Animals and Us
FIAPO organised a nation-wide video screening campaign in 15 cities . Various videos relating animal cruelty to human health and environment were shown. The total number of people reached out to was 3080! Pledge to go Veg sheets were signed too!
Supreme Court Dog Case
In the ongoing stray dogs case, FIAPO is an intervener and has brought crucial evidence in favor of sterilization and va ccination to the notice of the court. Starting in January 2015, the case is coming up with the final hearing to be held on 25th March 2015.
If slaughterhouses had glass walls…an exhibition tour
FIAPO organised an exhibition tour across 4 cities in India – Pune, Coimbatore, Delhi and Surat. 6 boards having gruesome pictures of animals along with a ‘Go Veg’ message were displayed. Times of India, The Hindu, Navbharat Times, Deccan Herald and many such media houses covered the event.
Reached out to over 1 lakh people in India!
Through the help of an active network of activists and leaders ,FIAPO reached out to more than 1 lakh people with the message of living a life free from all forms of cruelty towards animals.
Network in 15 cities across India
FIAPO actively mobilizes both people and organisations towards building a better world for animals. In the year 2014, we successfully formed our network in more than 15 cities across India, through seminars, workshops and leadership development.
Ban Animals in Circuses
FIAPO along with PETA held a demonstration at the Jantar Mantar to end animal slavery in circuses. Volunteers in costumes and chains portrayed the captive and horrible life led by animals in circuses.
December 9th, 2014
FIAPO in collaboration with PETA and other activists held a candlelight vigil at Jantar Mantar in the memory of the thousands of animals sacrificed at the Gadhimai festival. Newspapers like The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Punjab Kesari, Rashtriya Sahara, Business Standard and many more published this news.
December 5th, 2014
World Meatless Day
FIAPO organised a national event where people were encouraged to ‘Pledge to go Veg’. As many as 15000 people were reached in12 cities in one day! Big brands like Omved and Natures Co. collaborated to further this event. Greater Jammu and u4uvoice published articles on this in Jammu.
November 25th, 2014
FIAPO in collaboration with other organisations and activists organized a protest outside the Nepalese Embassy, to stop the upcoming slaughter of about 5,00,000 animals in 2 day festival in Nepal.
October 11th, 2014
Living Free:- Gandhigiri for Animals
FIAPO organised a national event to promote the adoption of a veg lifestyle, reaching out to over 4000 people in 9 cities in one day!
October 2nd, 2014
Speaking out on Antibiotic Resistance
Engaging with state animal husbandry departments across the country, FIAPO called to reduce stocking densities of animals to end the need for antibiotics in factory farms, following a disturbing WHO report
India for Animals 2014
India’s largest 3 dayanimal conference wasorganized in September, inviting 300 activists along with national and international organisations.
September 12th -14th, 2014
Farm to Freedom
FIAPO launched India’s only website dedicated to the welfare of farm animals to raise awareness about the ills of factory farming. The website consists of engaging shareable material; such as posters, infographic, and audio-visuals.
Workshop on Farm Animals
A capacity building workshop was organized in collaboration with AWBI to educate Jaipur’s activists and begin work against institutionalized cruelty on farm animals in Jaipur.
August 30th, 2014
Creatively designed and presented, the information pack was a means of reaching out to an audience of influencers and decision makers. More than 2000 copies were sent out to journalists across India.
Living Free on the go
Living free on the go was a leafleting tour across India, which successfully attempted to introduce the concept of ‘Living Free’ to five new cities, taking the number of cities conducting outreach in India to 12.
Love for the homeless
A great example of our collaborative work – The Kerala federation launched a campaign for adoption of homeless animals, bagging with it the support and sponsorship from Drools, a dog food company.
August 13th, 2014
Speaking out for Elephants in Zoos
A new campaign to free the last 22 elephants from Zoos was started in July. These elephants —— identified by the authorities —–.
Pushing for alternatives
When Punjab increased the subsidy for fish farming, FIAPO intervened and wrote to the Chief Minister, highlighting the negative impact of fish farming and pushing him for alternatives.
Slaughterhouses in Trivandrum
This engagement brought forwardsalient features of the Indianslaughter trade Industry, putting forward the demand to stopping new ones from coming intoexistence.
Protein as a measure of weight loss
In an attempt to encourage media to be more welfare and consumer conscious, FIAPO wrote to the Editor of Time of India, portraying the negative impact of animal product on animal and human well being.
Vigilance Demonstration at Jaipur
In support of the government’s decision to declare camel as the state animal, local federation members unite and organize a demonstration at statue circle, pulling crowds in huge numbers.
The Sunday Guardian:
FIAPO advocates for phasing out of battery cages, followingconcerns over build up of antibiotic resistance due tooveruse in animal husbandry.
June 21st, 2014
Gorillas don’t belong in Zoos
Following the death of Polo – the last caged gorilla, FIAPO actively urged the government to prohibit the import and keeping of gorillas in captivity in India. FIAPO also bagged the support of leading primate expert, Dr. Jane Goodall to the cause.
June 20th, 2014
Freedom from Factories
FIAPO published stories regarding the ills of factory farming- a new concept in the Eastern world, whilst emphasizing the need to stop the growth of factory like farms.
Restricting growth of Animal farms
FIAPO ran an online campaign to stop the proliferation of animal farms across India, post a WHO report highlighting the risk of antibiotics to human health.
May 24th, 2014
Plans of the IFFCO Mega Dairy thwarted
FIAPO lobbied and successfully prevented the establishment of a mega-dairy by IFFCO-Fonterra in Andhra Pradesh, which was to house 40,000 cows in one farm.
May 16th, 2014
Calling for a ban on import of Gorillas
FIAPO wrote to Mysore Zoo and the Central Zoo Authority, urging them to prohibit import of gorillas to zoos in India.
May 13th, 2014
FIAPO condemned the use of bombs for poaching animals in Goa, following a blast that killed one and injured four.
May 11th, 2014
Just Say No!
FIAPO launched this two week long campaign to assimilate support for chickens and to sensitize consumers to the perplexed state of lakhs of chickens suffering in factory farms.
May 9th, 2014
Respect for Chickens
FIAPO celebrated its dedication to respect and give compassion to chickens on this day. It propagated an online campaign wherein people were made aware of the conditions and life of chickens and how to reduce animal consumption in your daily life.
May 4th, 2014
Day of Living Free
FIAPO organized the national day of Living Free to sensitize public to the rights of animals and reduce the consumption of animal products.
April 12th, 2014
Saving Circus Animals
Complaints were filed against the Moonlight circus by FIAPO, for not feeding their animals properly since March 1,following which a show cause notice was served to them.
March 11th, 2014
Ban battery Cages
After much hard work and advocacy, the petition to ban poultry battery cages was accepted by Punjab & Haryana High Court.
March 10th, 2014
FIAPO, in association with The Sunday guardian, took up an undercover story to reveal the truth behind the usage of drugs in animal food products. The story also aimed to sensitize the public to the suffering of chickens in commercial factory farms.
March 1st, 2014
Ban the Export of Meat
FIAPO submitted comments to the Rajya Sabha committee for a complete ban on export of meat in response to the national meat export policy review. As a result of collective efforts of organisations, the review asked to prohibit the setting up of new slaughterhouses till the current ones were not standardized.
February 26th, 2014