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Dear [%first_name | Default Value%],
 
The Noida Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) (now called the Noida Authority Animal Shelter) has been a safe space for the care and rehabilitation of over 1200 abandoned, diseased or abused animals. But after a dispute between the local authority and the shelter staff over the non-payment of salaries for 3 months, the shelter was struggling to provide basic services to the animals in its care. FIAPO was proud to stand by all those who stepped up to support the shelter as the problems with the local authority eventually resolved.
 
Unfortunately, shelters, hospitals, hospices and sanctuaries for animals don’t just struggle because of apathetic (or sometimes manipulative) public offices. Sometimes there isn’t enough staff, sometimes the protocols and policies are poor (or worse, absent), sometimes the people running the shelter need training and often there are too many animals without adequate resources or manpower or space to care for them. Meanwhile, there are (by some estimates) 12 million street dogs in India, and even more abandoned dairy cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs, monkeys, birds, reptiles and many other animals that get caught up in conflict in our urban jungles.
 
While the animal care facilities in our country are burdened and struggling, the animals in distress continue to grow. If we are serious about providing care at any significant scale, clearly the sheltering model isn’t going to work. We need a radical shift in how we respond with a more sustainable method of caring for street animals.
 
An alternative model that stands a winning chance is that of an on-site first-aid programme. A vigorous and well-planned on-sight first-aid program uses lesser resources than a shelter, is a more timely approach for treatment, and can provide aid to 70% of the cases that need assistance.
 
Popularised in Mumbai (thanks to the work of Abodh Aras of the Welfare of Stray Dogs),and run successfully in Pune, and with FIAPO-led projects in Indore and Varanasi, this model enables us to treat animals with wounds, skin ailments, maggot infections and small injuries where they live, enabling them to also heal much faster and escape the infections of a shelter- saving time and considerable resources which can otherwise be utilized by shelters to tend to more critical cases. Imagine if 70% of all dogs in a shelter didn’t have to be there and could just be treated on-site!
 
However, if you are already doing first-aid of animals in your city, be warned! It is easy to miss out the key ingredients that make an on-site first-aid programme a viable alternative to taking every animal to the shelter. Unless you are following the methodology of mapping your area (and sticking to it), identifying and training volunteers, nurturing your community, measuring impact, recording data and follow-ups – and doing this in an organized, systematic manner, you are unlikely to reap the benefits of this wonderful technique. (So write in if you’d like to know more!)
 
Not only is on-site first-aid great for the animals, but it is one of the strongest ways to foster a positive relationship between the communities and its resident animals. Done regularly and with a method, many people in local communities step up to join the programme, or foster dogs needing more attention or at least make a phone-call if an animal is injured in their community. This way, we can not only provide life-saving first-aid to animals but ensure that the community they live in itself cares for them.
 
Having an alternative to shelters means that under instances of neglect and difficulty at many facilities, we are better prepared with a holistic model which is certainly the need of the hour. So if you are wanting to do more for animals in your city, it’s time to re-imagine your goal – not a shelter under pressure struggling to help animals brought to it, but a people-powered wave of change that reaches animals all over the city, with love and medicine.
 
In solidarity,
Varda Mehrotra,
Director,
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations(FIAPO)
 

National News

FIAPO Sheds Light on How Veganism Can Help Improve India’s Future.
 
FIAPO, as a frontier-organization for animal rights in India, has been working towards establishing and promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle in the minds of the consumers. In conversation with Entrepreneur India, FIAPO advocates on how veganism is the answer to the country’s future. Logically speaking, if we collectively reduce or eliminate consumption of animal products, then the number of animals bred in factory farms will dramatically reduce, thus conserving huge amounts of water and resources and also significantly reducing our greenhouse emissions and relevant carbon footprint.Read More
Should Animals Have the Same Rights as Humans?
 
Time and again, the apex and various high courts have passed milestone judgments in favor of animals, ensuring them a quality life and liberty where they aren’t misused for commercial or traditional purposes. Still, humans annually kill 100 billion animals, domestic and wild every year.  In order for us to prevent a catastrophic loss of diversity of life on Earth over the next 100 years, we’re going to have to undergo substantial transformation to build a sustainable future where humans and animals live in harmony. FIAPO advocates equal rights for animals and demand for them to have a life of dignity like humans.
Wildlife Product Seizures go up by 90 Percent.
 
 
The seizures of wildlife products by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have gone up by 90 percent as recorded in August, comparing against seizures in the year 2014.The SSB has seized products with an estimated worth of Rs. 187.89 Crore this year, against Rs 2.21 Crore three years ago. There is an immediate need for us, as a society, to check and curb the growing demand for wildlife products and implement stronger laws for wildlife protection across the country.Read More
 
The Body Shop will Create Corridors in Forest-areas to Provide an Easy Passage for Animals.
 
Body Shop announced its latest CSR initiative for the Indian market where it spoke of commencing its ‘Bio-Bridge Project’ in Garo Hills in the state of Meghalaya, India. It has pledged to help protect the already endangered species of Indian Elephants and the Western Hoolock Gibbon by constructing ‘Bio-Bridges’ with every transaction, within a three month-long campaign that starts in the month of September 2017.Read More
NDDB Playing a Leading Role in Implementation of the National Dairy Plan
 
In a recent statement, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare- Radha Mohan Singh, has said that the ‘National Dairy Plan (NDP)' aims to increase the productivity of dairy animals that will lead to a significant increase in milk production. Keeping the best interests of dairy farmers- it doesn’t seem to pay any heed to the condition of dairy animals who bear the brunt of painful insemination and milking procedures.Read More​
 
Why has the Cow Gone from Being a ‘Mata’ to a ‘Menace’?
 
The problem of stray cattle is not new to India, but in the last few months, it seems to have reached alarming proportions. According to a 2012 data from the 19th Livestock Census, stray cattle amounted to 58.87 lakh.Read More​
 
 
 

Local News

 News from Captive Enclosures.
 
A team of experts from The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Washington D.C. is providing hands-on training to Indian veterinarians at the Delhi Zoo on using gas anesthesia instead of drugs to sedate animals, which have numerous side-effects on their health. The narrative that largely still remains unvisited is that animals should be left in their natural habitat and are nit to be used for human entertainment. Read More​
 
A baby rhino spotted alongside its mother in ‘Manas National Park’, located in the North-Eastern state of Assam in India, is an encouraging symbol of hope that the Rhino population in this protected-area is on the upswing! Read More​
 
In another good news, the notorious ‘Forest-safaris’ in India’s Andaman Islands may soon come to a complete stop after the authorities announced that a new sea-route which goes around the island will soon be open and operational. This new route will keep tourists off the infamous ‘Andaman Trunk Road’, which was built illegally cutting through the forests of the isolated Jarawa Tribe. Read More​
 
Trouble for our Friends on the Streets.
 
A 24-year-old youth was captured on CCTV footage of a residential building in Mumbai, while allegedly battering a stray dog-‘Dabbu’ with an iron rod. The local residents thrashed him later for assaulting the dog which led to the chaos outside the Vakola police station. The dog is cared for by the society and is a friendly animal. Post the accused was captured, the dog was rushed by the residents to a Veterinary clinic and later to the SPCA in Parel.
 
In another incident of unconceivable violence being unleashed on street animals, twenty-six dogs were rescued from the clutches of suspected meat-dealers in Jowai, in the Northeastern state of Meghalaya. The captured dogs werefound living in terrible conditions in warehouses, tied up in sacks, with their mouths taped shut. After an animal-lover discovered a car carrying three dogs in cages, he took a photo of the car and informed the local police who took immediate action. It took 20 minutes to free the animals who were quite dehydrated and traumatized as rescuers approached them.Read More​
 
Apex Court’s Interim Relief on Sacrifice.
 
Even after the apex court on April 10thprovided interim relief on the comprehensive ban on animal sacrifice at religious places and congregations (imposed first by the high court of Himachal Pradesh in 2014) uncertainty still prevails over the age-old ritual of animal sacrifice to be carried out on the last day of Kullu Dussehra on October 5.Read More​
4 New Sea Snakes Found in Chennai.
 
A team of young researchers from the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) has recently documented the presence of four more species of sea snakes along the Indian coast, taking the total up to 26!Read More​
Shelters Lack Facilities Due to Lack of Funds
 
Earlier known as SPCA, the only shelter and Animal Hospital in Noida's Sector-94 is going through a tough time due to a dispute between the Noida authority and the volunteers of the animal shelter in question. More than 1200 animals at the shelter stayed helpless and were forced to live in deplorable conditions without ample food or medicine due to a pressing monetary crunch. The shelter staff was not getting their salaries for the past 3 months due to which they were unable to buy food and medicines for the animals. The condition has now improved with the authorities releasing funds for the shelter to buy food and medicines for the animals.Read More
 
In Pune, The Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme has been rendered impotent by a paltry budget.This fiscal year, only a meager amount of Rs. 75 lakhs has been earmarked for the civic body's ABC programme.Read More
 
Cow Protectionism: A Devious Convergence of the Interests of the State
 
What India is witnessing today is not about cow protection, but a devious convergence of the interests of the state, religion and big business. Three of the 11 demands of protesting farmers from Sikar district, located in the state of Rajasthan, virtually brought the entire state to a grinding halt, between 1st to 13thSeptember, concerning their right to trade in cattle, the withdrawal of restrictions on sales of bovines in animal markets, reduction in the age of sales of calves and cows, and demanding protection for everyone involved in the trade and transportation of animals. Read More​
 

Take Action

#RabiesFreeIndia is a robust and an ambitious campaign which pledges to ensure that India, as a SAARC member, keeps up its commitments to the ‘SAARC Roadmap for Rabies Control’ directive – which seeks to eliminate rabies by the year 2020. To enable the same, FIAPO has pledged its support to the ‘End Rabies Now’ initiative of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. The campaign also focuses on providing education counselling sessions and victim counselling  on dog-bite prevention across the country.   
We welcome you to join us in this movement to end rabies- once and for all.
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Meet a Member

All Creatures Great And Small (ACGS) is a non-profit organization, that provides shelter for animals in distress. The shelter is located on a 2.5 acre plot in Faridabad, Haryana, about 1.5 hours outside of Delhi, India. ACGS is currently caring for more than 100 dogs. Their goal is to synergize the existence of all beings with the environment to ensure a discrimination-free harmony. FIAPO acknowledges the great work they do to support the animal rights movement in the country  To visit them,
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After successfully completing events at Bangalore (South Zone) and New Delhi (North Zone), we are now preparing for the #FIAPOBootcamp2017- West Zone to be held in Mumbai from 15th to 17th of December 2017.  Registrations are open now with a special discount for early birds.
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