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Kerala Government Orders Counselling Centres for Dog-Bite Victims

Trivandrum, 7th August, 2017: Setting out to make Trivandrum a model district for dog bite counselling and education, the State government is all set to launch dog bite counseling centres in government hospitals across Kerala. This initiative is the first of its kind Kerala with counseling services already being offered across Trivandrum in General Hospital Neyyattinkara, Government Hospital Trivandrum, and Taluq Headquarters Hospital Varkala. The centres came into effect with an order dated 7 August 2017 from the State Government’s Health Department which mandated dog bite counseling centres.

Such centres have so far only existed for issues such as family planning and mental health. The session will counsel the victim on basic dog behavior, do’s and don’ts, treatment, mental help and will also ensure follow-up with the patients to check their progress.

Leading the way not only in post bite counselling  but also in minimizing dog bites to begin with, the state education department recently ordered mandatory education on dog-bite prevention in government schools in Trivandrum. These will be supportedby the Animal Husbandry department which will provide resource persons to execute the orders. The programme is undergoing expansion to other districtsacross the state as well.

Acting on a proposal from the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), the department has instructed superintendents of the above hospitals to make necessary arrangements and dedicate one staff person to be trained as a counselor. FIAPO’s proposal is part of its statewide Rabies Free Kerala (RFK) movement, to find immediate and long term solutions to human-dog conflict.

The latest order is significant to scientifically and humanely reducing human-animal conflict in the state as it marks the involvement of four government departments – local self government, animal husbandry, education and health. Scientific modes of conflict management are most pertinent and it is to be noted that the Supreme court, in July, strongly reprimanded individuals killing street dogs in the state.

Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO said “It is necessary to tackle human-dog conflict holistically- by providing assistance and support to those who have been bitten by dogs. We believe that offering victims empathy and information can go a long way in peaceful coexistence of humans and dogs.This initiative by the government is a giant step in the right direction for legal, sustainable and humane solutions to the issue. FIAPO congratulates the Kerala government on this progressive move!”

 Date : 24 August 2017


Bengaluru, a city of dogs

It’s almost midnight on Saturday and there’s a big white van standing outside my gate. I can hear the diesel engine snarling even where I’m sitting, groggy and cold, in my living room.

A cool breeze whips my face as I shut the door to my house. The van could serve as an official getaway vehicle or a rather small ambulance. Tonight, however, we’re using it to go around feeding over 100 dogs in Bengaluru’s Whitefield area.

Bismi Anil is standing next to the passenger side door, waiting to slide it open for me. In the driver’s seat is her husband, Anil, and in the back seat, his cousin Suman, wrapped in a shawl and looking as though, like me, she wishes she were in bed, snuggled in warm blankets.

We exchange smiles and pleasantries and set off on our business. This is the first time I’m joining Bismi and her family in a task they have been carrying out for almost five years. Despite the late hour and my grogginess, I feel like an excited little child. Bismi and Anil are more business-like. They have been doing this every night—barring Saturdays, as they want the dogs to keep scavenging for food and not take their nightly meals for granted. So for them, it isn’t a novel or feel-good charitable exercise, it’s a way of life. Feeding the area’s dogs also helps them keep tabs on the local population and intervene if they find a dog in need of medical attention.

I turn around in my seat and notice that the back of the vehicle is spacious. Even though it’s empty, I can almost smell the rice and chicken. Suddenly, I’m hungry.

“Where’s the food?” I ask. As though in response, the car stops in front of a small bungalow off Kadugodi’s main road.

I hear dogs barking and watch in fascination as a few of them jump as high as they can to catch a glimpse of us.

We’ve reached the house the couple rents—it serves both as a centre for the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs and a place for cooking (“our drains at home were getting clogged from the mutton fat,” says Bismi).

Moana, lost the use of her hind legs when she was less than a month old, it was rescued by Bismi and is now waiting o get adapted at a foster home in Yelahanka. Photo: Afsha Khan Jayapal Moana, lost the use of her hind legs when she was less than a month old, it was rescued by Bismi and is now waiting o get adapted at a foster home in Yelahanka. Photo: Afsha Khan Jayapal There are two gates. A main gate to the compound and a second gate within to keep the dogs in. Between these two gates, I see four containers, each weighing around 20kg, and realize that this must be the food prepared a few hours earlier by the caretaker they have hired.

“This is around 75kg of chicken, rice and mutton fat,” says Bismi. It smells delicious.

This is the first time I’m meeting Bismi in the four years that I’ve been living in Bengaluru. We have, however, talked on the phone a few times. It is because of Bismi that I was able to secure a discount of almost 50% on a hip replacement operation for a puppy named, well, Puppy, almost two years ago. Bismi is also the person I call every time the female indie (indigenous dog) at the end of my street goes into heat, sending all the un-neutered male dogs within a 5km radius—mine included—into a howling match at 3am.

Bismi, a former software engineer, quit her job to do rescue work full-time around two years ago, and has been involved in over 500 rescue and rehabilitation cases. She is involved in ensuring rabies and distemper vaccinations in the area around Whitefield. Bismi registered the Dumas Animal Welfare Trust when she started getting media attention, and there has been a stream of contributions since.

Their work is, I believe, a major reason that the stray dog population in Whitefield is almost under control. But more is needed.

“Everybody needs to do his or her part,” says Bismi. “If someone calls me to help an injured dog, for instance, the first thing I’m going to tell them is to take the dog to the vet. If you don’t have transport, I will give you the numbers of a few autos who help out or an ambulance. The duty of a reporter (a label for individuals who call in sick or injured dogs) doesn’t end after reporting an incident. There is a basic course of action they need to follow if they want to truly help dogs in need.”

Let’s say you find a dog like Puppy with a dislocated hip. You need to take it to a veterinarian, get an X-ray done and then get it operated on. Operations for street dogs come at a heavy discount. But they are still not cheap. After the operation, the dog will need to recuperate in a safe area, like a foster home. Many a time, shelters and foster homes are packed.

Most seasoned street dogs tend to return to their territories once they have healed. Puppies who have lost their mothers and haven’t got a caretaker in the area can be offered for adoption.

Most of Bengaluru’s animal rescuers—individuals and charitable organizations—follow this unwritten policy.

The effort can be overwhelming, but that doesn’t deter them. Bismi alone has a network of around 100 people—online and offline—in the Whitefield area who alert each other about injured dogs and assist with transport, foster homes, even money when an operation is required. They communicate largely over WhatsApp, only turning to Facebook groups such as Bombat Dawgz or Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (Cupa) when they feel the need to reach a wider audience.

“Over the last two years, I have noticed that a lot of individuals have stepped up to help dogs,” says Bismi. “These are people who actually do everything without the support of organizations and often pay out of their own pockets whenever they can.”

For those who can’t afford the expense, but still want to help, there’s no dearth of individuals willing to make contributions—even though they will not get a tax break for it. Post your requirement on one of Facebook’s many groups or tap into the network of animal rescuers in your area.

There are, of course, instances of misuse, with so-called “rescuers” collecting perfectly healthy dogs, separating puppies from their mothers, and posting appeals for funds on Facebook.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” says Bismi. “I know so many people who are fake but I cannot expose them because then what will happen to the animals in their care? So finally we end up supporting them.”

Preethika Rao, a homemaker, spends whatever little she can feeding around 24 strays in her area. “I am seriously thinking of writing to someone, maybe (Union minister) Maneka Gandhi, to make a provision for people like me who find it very tough financially,” she laments. “Some kind of fund would be great to fall back on.”

When they started out, Bismi and Anil faced a lot of hostility from the people living around the areas where they fed dogs. “They used to curse us and say that we are encouraging the menace created by these strays,” says Bismi. “But over time they came around when they saw the difference it made in the dogs’ temperaments and friendliness. Now, people call us when the dogs are sick and some even contribute what little they can—a milkman gives us packets of milk—for the dogs.”

Thirteen kilometres away, in Indiranagar, I speak to Aarathi Sivadas, who has given standing instructions to her bank to transfer Rs300 to Give India For Voiceless (GIFV) every month. GIFV is an animal welfare trust started by Usha Madan, a psychotherapist, and Sandeep Reddy, an entrepreneur. The payment helps her access their resources—both medical and financial—when she finds a dog in need.

“Bengaluru is a city where you find a lot of people taking the initiative (to help dogs) as individuals,” says Sivadas, a 29-year-old who has a full-time job in a logistics company. She has two dogs of her own, but makes the time to shuttle sick and injured dogs to vet appointments, shelters and foster homes. In the last two years, she and her group of six dog-lovers, all based in Indiranagar, have come together to help Ghost, a senior dog with a tennis-ball-sized tumour on his hind leg; Lola, a seven-year-old with skin cancer; and Juno, another senior who needed a ear amputated after a rickshaw banged into her. Sivadas usually gets all the help she needs from her core group. But when she needs a bit extra—like a ride to the hospital or a sitter to stay with the dog during treatment—she turns to Bombat Dawgz, the Facebook group of over 14,000 animal lovers across Bengaluru. “Quite a few individuals step up and say, ‘If you need transport I have a car,’ or ‘I can go to the vet with the dog’. There are always people who will do whatever they are able to do.”

More and more individuals are now supplementing the work of organizations and shelters such as Cupa or The Voice of Stray Dogs. For there are just way too many animals in need and not enough time, space and manpower available to tend to them all.

That may be why some of the individuals who work with sick and injured street dogs are now being listed in information directories. Like Ankur Bhatnagar, an animator by profession who lives and works in Whitefield. He spends his days rescuing dogs and nights completing work projects.

“I don’t know how Just Dial got me listed under its animal rescue organizations,” he laughs. But he isn’t complaining. “Office work stresses me out sometimes. So this is what I do to unwind.”

But not every rescue has a happy ending. I’m reminded again of Puppy, who recuperated and returned to his territory a few streets away from our home and died for reasons completely unrelated—it looked like a case of poisoning—a month later. I ruminate about Tictac, a rambunctious black and brown indie back in Mumbai, who was brought to the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Parel a few years ago with a shattered hip, but developed tick fever and died.

If there’s one thing, however, that one can learn from Bengaluru’s animal lovers, it is that one shouldn’t dwell on such cases. “It’s like an addiction,” says Bhatnagar. “You help one. You see them blossoming. You receive so much love from them. That satisfaction, the feeling of making a difference, is what keeps you going.”

But with a network so vast and intricate also comes a whole lot of noise. Sivadas has found herself leaving several WhatsApp groups where members tended to question her course of action. “Why did you take the dog to this hospital? They’re so expensive!” “Why didn’t you conduct this test? You could have saved a life.” “Why haven’t you gotten to the spot already? What if the dog disappears?”

“Sometimes there are just too many opinions and no solutions,” says Bismi.

However grating it may be, though, having people care about an animal’s welfare is never a bad thing. I haven’t seen a network like this in any other city in India.

Source : http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/2RXV7KJf6DPQSr1ppFoIBJ/Bengaluru-a-city-of-dogs.html

Date : 11 August 2017


Animal Welfare Board of India Supports Ending Animal Circuses

26th July, 2017, New Delhi: Generations of animals abused in circuses for crude entertainment may soon be a thing of the past. In the biggest support to performing animals so far, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has sent an advisory to its parent Ministry MoEF&CC recommending “a strong legislation to end institutionalized cruelty to animals in circuses”.

AWBI is the prescribed authority under the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules 2001, and is in charge of registering animals to be used in circuses. In its 4 page recommendation to the ministry, the AWBI has given a detailed account of the history of regulation of animals in circuses, and reasons as to why it is not working, resulting in continued abuse of local and exotic animals.

This advisory is in line with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)’s demand, for permanent freedom of circus animals. Arpan Sharma, Director of the Federation said, “It is a very relevant and timely observation by the AWBI that the present legislation needs to change, and exclude animals in circuses. Coming from the agency who is in charge of circus animal regulation, it is the most credible and comprehensive paper advocating end to animal circuses. It observes that the process of training animals to perform unnatural tricks is inherently abusive, as shown in numerous inspection reports. FIAPO appeals to the ministry to take note of this and take immediate action.”

The AWBI’s recommendation also gives details of all animals rehabilitated from circuses by law enforcement agencies owing to their cruel treatment and violation of rules. It states “It is the AWBI’s considered opinion that the time has come for the government to bring an end to the use of animals in circuses and to make suitable changes in legislation that prevents the use of animals in circus entertainment for all time to come”.

The campaign End Circus Suffering, initiated by FIAPO has so far enabled the rehabilitation of more than 160 abused animals from 15 circuses. The Federation, supported by 82 members and over 200 NGOs nationwide, has also submitted a detailed report of the state of animals in circuses in India to the MoEF&CC. FIAPO’s independent investigations have also shown animals with broken bones; infectious diseases; permanent physical and mental disorders; crippled animals that can’t even walk being forced by circuses to perform tricks.

More than 40 organisations and 100 activists from 16 states have been involved with detecting and reporting cruelty to animals in circuses, as part of the End Circus Suffering campaign initiated by the Federation.

The campaign has revealed violation of multiple provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA) and the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001 (PARR) by circuses. From cutting the flight feathers of birds to chaining elephants with spikes, circuses train animals under the harshest conditions to make them perform acts that are completely unnatural to them. The entire process of breaking the spirit of these innocent creatures during training includes burning them with hot iron, piercing their genitals, threatening them with fire, tying them for days on end without food or water among other gruesome acts. Displaying such abused creatures for entertainment is a reflection of circuses’ callous attitude towards suffering of animals.

Date : 26 July 2017


16 Complaints Filed Against Illegal Meat Shops in Jaipur in a Month

Jaipur Police, Municipality Commissioner and FSSAI Flooded with Complaints

Jaipur (18th July): Jaipur Police, municipality commissioner and the FSSAI offices are flooded with complaints on the illegal meat shops at Ramg July anj, Malpura Gate, Transport Nagar, Shastri Nagar amongst others. The investigation of these shops, led by the Jaipur Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (J-FAPO), supported by Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), the Stop Illegal Slaughter campaign has brought to light glaring violations of all rules pertaining to operation of meat shops and the inhumane conditions in which animals are held. A majority of these shops have been found violating the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA), and Food Safety and Standards Act 2006. It was observed that birds were cut up before they were even dead; live birds were kept in utmost cramped and unhygienic conditions; large animals were also being slaughtered in shops and the basic paperwork was absent. The investigations were carried out between June and July in 9 major markets where illegal meat shops are prevalent in Jaipur and more than 15 complaints have been filed, basis the above mentioned violations, with both the JMC and the FSSAI.

“Such illegal meat shops are not only cruel to animals, but also a major public health hazard. During our investigations, we saw- Chickens were kept caged with others who were dead and rotting; chickens were openly butchered in front of others lined up for the same fate; no food or water was provided; medical examination before slaughter was absent; children under the age of 18 years were openly employed. Most of them did not even have the basic license from the Municipality”, said Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO.

With the involvement of over 12 local animal rights organisations which make up J-FAPO and FIAPO’s constant efforts to put an end to illegal slaughter shops, we are optimistic that the building pressure on the authorities will force them to take action against these shops. FIAPO hopes that more number of people will speak up against the cruelties of the meat shops and add their voices to the growing movement to ensure that the government can no longer ignore the plight of these helpless animals that suffer needlessly in unacceptable conditions.

Date : 19 July 2017


Animal Rights Movement in Southern India Stronger Than Ever Before

FIAPO Bootcamp 2017- South Zone Kicks Off in Bangalore

Bangalore, July 18, 2017: To enable activists, NGOs and organisations in the south of India to come together as a stronger and a more empowered force, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) successfully conducted the3-day event- FIAPO Bootcamp 2017-South Zone, pertaining to the present needs of animal rights movement in India.

The need for this arose when FIAPO identified that the animal rights community is often well-connected in pockets, but mostly, the vast majority of activists are disconnected and isolated. This impacts the richness of the movement by severely limiting the ability of people to be involved, and leadership development itself is completely ignored.

First out of the four zones of India ( North, South, East and West), the FIAPO Bootcamp-South Zone happened in Bangalore from 14th July-16th July, connecting over 50 activists from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and around. To establish a well networked and informed community, the Bootcamp was divided into 4 main tracks- ABC, Sheltering (small and large animals), First Aid and Rescue of All Animals, Vegan Outreach and Human Education and Law Enforcement.

The highlights of the three day workshop were the open interactive sessions where activists from different regions opined and discussed the issues of fund raising, communications, group development, networking and volunteering. The event, supported by Tata Trusts, was graced by eminent leaders in the animal rights movement of India, like Dr. S.Chinny Krishna and Padma Shri Awardee, Norma Alvares, amongst others, who shared their thoughts and exchanged ideas and viewpoints with the audience. The active participation and enthusiasm made the event a huge success. With the end of the event in the South, FIAPO also announced the opening of registrations for FIAPO Bootcamp 2017-North Zone, to be held from 22nd Sep- 24th Sep 2017(Registrations: http://www.fiapo.org/bootcamp17.php)

According to Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO “It’s immensely gratifying to see so many people coming together across regions, to give impetus and momentum to the animal rights movement in India. The emancipation and active participation points to the fact that people are more open and willing to make positive impact within the animal rights jurisdiction. FIAPOBootcamp 2017-South Zone, proved autonomous and redefined the core values and ethics of the animal rights fraternity and also established solidarity and uniformity across all levels of the animal rights movement in India.

Date : 18 July 2017


India’s Largest Animal Awareness Drive Makes it to the Limca Book of Records

National, July 13th 2017:  From the gullies of Varanasi to the beaches of Chennai – India has been hit by a new wave of activism for animal rights. Led by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) activists reached out to 1.33 Lakh people across 12 cities in 8 weeks-successfully landing their tour-‘The Compassion Cruisade’ in the Limca Book of Records!

The campaign toured Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Chennai. The objective of the movement was to essentially make the people aware of the plight of farmed animals and decrease the consumption of animals from people’s diet.Through the journey, they reached out to people through a variety of methods such as leafleting (distributing literature on animal rights), showing videos on tablets to people, conducting talks and also workshops with volunteers.

 “Most of us interact with animals three times a day, on our plate – we’re out to change that. Living Free, FIAPO’s flagship outreach campaign offers a great entry way to do just that- we’ll keep up the fight till each animal is free’, said Koushik Raghavan, a Living Free activist. Impact measurement studies show that this outreach would have saved 66,500 animals from a life of misery and horror.

“We are delighted at this national recognition of the collective efforts of activists fighting for the rights of millions of animal suffering in cramped, dingy, horrific conditions for food. With this, we hope that the issue will draw more attention and our activists across the country feel more empowered to continue their hard work.” said Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO.

Each year over 56 billion farmed animals are killed for food. This figure does not include sea creatures (including fish) who are not even measured in numbers but in tonnes. This may just be the time to embark on a plant powered lifestyle.

Date : 15 July 2017


Kerala Media to Proactively Pursue Comprehensive Dog-Bite Prevention Initiatives Say Prominent Public Figures in a Workshop with the Media

Trivandrum, 29th June 2017: Prominent public personalities in Kerala- Dr. NN Sasi (Director, Animal Husbandry, Government of Kerala), Mr. Gouridasan Nair (Chief of Bureau, Hindu), Mr. John Mary (Resident Editor, Deccan Chronicle) and Dr. Annie Verghese(PhD in veterinary surgery and senior veterinary surgeon in the Animal Husbandry department) urged the government of Kerala to undertake comprehensive dog-bite prevention measures in addition to Animal Birth Control (ABC). They also urged the media to remain neutral and objective in its reportage of this issue, and invited it to be a part of the solution-finding process.

In a 3-hour long solution-finding workshop before the media, these personalities discussed how people used to co-exist with street animals earlier, and the cultural and social factors that played a part in changing that. The government representative also spoke of various initiatives that are being undertaken in the state to counter human-dog conflict, and discussed the details of their ABC programme. They also spoke of initiatives other than ABC that ought to be implemented simultaneously – such as education programmes on dog-bite prevention in schools, vaccination of street dogs against rabies, and counseling of dog-bite victims. Most importantly, they emphasized the responsibility of the
media to cover both sides of the issue in an objective an unbiased manner, and to proactively be a part of the solution.

Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO, said “FIAPO is honored to have organised such a workshop in Kerala. It brings the much-needed voices of public figures to the forefront of this issue. A holistic resolution of the street dog issue needs to include education and awareness in schools, vaccination of street-dogs against rabies and counseling of dog-bite victims in hospitals and affected communities. FIAPO has proposals for
the same at different stages with the government, and we are very glad that prominent personalities from Kerala are also actively speaking up about the issue. With this workshop, we hope the media will track the progress of these solutions and give them adequate coverage as well”.
At the moment, there are several initiatives that are in progress for combating human-dog conflict.

Animal Birth Control (ABC) is conducted by the government at the district level, along with vaccination against rabies. An exclusive vaccination programme for street dogs has been started by the Trivandrum Corporation. Local NGOs have also organized successful adoption drives for street dogs, which shows that the people of Kerala do enjoy the companionship that desi dogs provide. These along with the FIAPO’s initiatives of education in all schools, and counseling of dog-bite victims make for a comprehensive list of initiatives to manage human-dog conflict.

Date : 29 June 2017


Jaipur Food Safety Department to Crack Down on Illegal Meat Shops

Jaipur, 3rd June 2017: Thousands of animals suffering in meat shops and slaughterhouses in Jaipur have a new ray of hope, as the Jaipur Food Safety Commissionerhas promised to work with the Jaipur Municipal Corporation to curb illegal meat shops in the city. Following the complaints by Jaipur Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (J-FAPO), the Food Safety Department will be taking action to curb unlicensed meat shops.

During a meeting with the Food Safety Commissioner of Jaipur, it was recognized that no meat shop in Jaipur has the mandatory license from the food safety department. Mr. V.K. Mathur, Commissioner FSSAI Rajasthan, has agreed to lead the regulatory process of these illegal establishments by involving the Nagar Nigam and police as well. A joint team comprising the 3 bodies is likely to be formed soon.

J-FAPO, the network of 7 animal rights organisations in the city, has been addressing the issue of illegal housing and killing of animals with their Stop Illegal Slaughter campaign since 2015. In a meeting between J-FAPO and the Food Safety Department at C scheme this Wednesday (31st May, 2017), the federation highlighted the violations of the Food Safety Act and guidelines by meat shops across the city. They appealed to the department to take immediate action on the same, which was met with a positive response. The meeting was attended by:

 V.K. Mathur- Commissioner FSSAI Rajasthan
 Aditya Atreya- Additional Director
 Narrotam Sharma- Chief Medical Health Officer -Jaipur-1
 Pravin Aswal- Chief Medical Health Officer- Jaipur-2

Mr. Mathur also assured that citizen’s complaints on the matter will be taken seriously and action will be initiated against erring meat shops. At present, killing of any animal is prohibited in any place other than the designated slaughterhouse in Chainpura. However, illegal slaughter of animals continues to take place in the city with Hasanpura, Malpura Gate, Amrapali/Karni Place, Ajmeri Gate, Shashri Nagar, Ramganj, Ghat Gate, Transport Nagar, Amaa Garh and Jhotwara being hubs of such activities.

Abhishek Singh, coordinator of J-FAPO, said “We are immensely encouraged by the response of the food safety department today. Our campaign to Stop Illegal Slaughter in the city has been active since 2015 when we had got the Nagar Nigam to shut down some illegal meat shops. However, they have sprung back up, due to lack of vigilance. Now with the involvement of all government bodies involved, we are hopeful that the action taken will be permanent”.

Mr. Mathur, while recognizing the need to create awareness among the masses about unhygienic meat, expressed that he did not have budget for the same. J-FAPO will now pitch in and work with local RWAs and citizen’s clubs to create widespread awareness. Laaj Jain, coordinator of J-FAPO, added “We urge the citizens of Jaipur to be proactive and recognize the cruelty and danger of unhygienic meat. We have observed and recorded that many shops keep dead and alive chickens together in the same cage. While some birds have their feet cut off while still alive. J-FAPO appeals to them to report any such illegal shops to the food safety department on their helpline at- 1800112100”.

Citizens can also complain on the Whatsapp Number- 9868686868, or reach them on twitter- twitter- @fssaiindia, Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/fssai/ or their mobile app- http://bit.ly/2qIjcIT.

Date : 3 June 2017


Dia Mirza, Bollywood Celebrity, calls for a ban on animal circuses on World Circus Day

New Delhi 20th April: Animals suffering in circuses have a fresh ray of hope, with the influential actor Dia Mirza now supporting their freedom. On the occasion of World Circus Day on 15 April, Dia wrote to the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change asking to impose a ‘complete and immediate end’ to the use of all animals in circuses.

The letter from the famous actor of the vibrant entertainment industry observed “I believe that it is time we dissociate cruelty from entertainment, and let these majestic creatures be where they belong. Our culture also has many traditional art forms which showcase the skill of our artists. They should be adopted by circuses to evolve into an engaging and healthy entertainment.”

Supporting the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), which has been campaigning for the freedom of these abused animals, Dia said “I express my support to their End Circus Suffering campaign, which has helped hundreds of circus animals to be freed from this cruel form of entertainment. I urge you to consider the universal cruelty to animals in this industry and impose a complete and immediate end to the use of all animals in circuses.”

Arpan Sharma, Director of the Federation said “On World Circus Day, it is heartening to see the entertainment industry dissociating itself from cruelty to animals. We commend and thank Dia for her progressive stance and kindness to animals. The process of training animals to perform unnatural tricks is inherently abusive, as shown in numerous inspection reports. FIAPO reiterates its appeal to the ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to take note of this and ban the use of all animals in circuses. Presently, our request is with the Animal Welfare Division of the ministry, and we hope there will be a decision soon.”

The campaign End Circus Suffering, initiated by FIAPO has so far enabled the rehabilitation of more than 160 abused animals from 15 circuses. The Federation, supported by 82 members and over 200 NGOs nationwide, has also submitted a detailed report of the state of animals in circuses in India to the MoEF&CC. FIAPO’s investigations have shown animals with broken bones; infectious diseases; permanent physical and mental disorders; crippled animals that can’t even walk being forced by circuses to perform tricks.

More than 40 organisations and 100 activists from 16 states have been involved with detecting and reporting cruelty to animals in circuses, as part of the End Circus Suffering campaign initiated by the Federation. The campaign has revealed violation of multiple provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA) and the Preforming Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001 (PARR) by circuses. From cutting the flight feathers of birds to chaining elephants with spikes, circuses train animals under the harshest conditions to make them perform acts that are completely unnatural to them. The entire process of breaking these innocent creatures during training includes burning them with hot iron, piercing their genitals, threatening them with fire, tying them for days on end without food or water among other gruesome acts. Displaying such abused creatures for entertainment is a reflection of circuses’ callous attitude towards suffering of animals.

Date : 3 May 2017


Introducing Virtual Reality to Expose the Cruelties of the Indian Dairy Industry

Delhi, 18thApril 2017: Technology is moving at an unprecedented rate today. To utilize the advancement in science, FIAPO launched Virtual Reality to the animal rights realm recently to expose the reality of the dairy industry. Through this innovative means of outreach in 7 cities across India, FIAPO was able to spread awareness on the lives of millions of suppressed dairy animals.

The reality of the dairy industry is not a happy cow giving away her milk for human consumption. It is the opposite of that- practices such as Khal Bachcha- stuffed head of a dead calf; Oxytocin injections- to increase milk production and stimulate let down once the calf is dead; Artificial Insemination- unnatural impregnation of cattle by untrained staff, without anesthesia;are only few of the atrocities of the dairy industry. Once the cow or buffalo ‘dries up’, she is either abandoned or sent for slaughter or spends the rest of her life in a Gaushala with hundreds of other used and abused animals

On 12th April 2017, 27 cities across India came together to celebrate the 4th Day of Living Free, which is the anniversary for the #LivingFree Movement in India. To sensitize people to the cruelties behind dairy, activists across India conducted outreach by means of VR in Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Lucknow and Bangalore. With the launch of Virtual Reality in outreach, FIAPO strives to educate people of the atrocities towards dairy animals in tabelas and commercial dairies. By showing people the unseen cruelty by means of an impactful experience, the probability of consumers choosing plant-based alternatives increases manifold.

The aim of the #DontGetMilked campaign is to help people make informed choices about the food that they eat, as well as the medical and ethical benefits of a cruelty-free, plant-based diet.

“The disconnect that people have from their food is increasing at an alarming rate – people are largely unaware of what’s inside their food, not to mention the unspeakable horrors that animals undergo to land up on someone’s plate. Through Virtual reality, we aim to provide a more immersive experience to the consumers, about the horrors of commercial dairies and tabelas.” said Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO.
The campaign aims to expose the not so healthy side of consuming dairy, and puncture the bubble which the dairy industry has so fondly gifted to its consumers.

Date : 18 Apr 2017