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The Biggest Vegan Fest of the Country, Pune Vegan Fest Benchmarks Vegan Festivals

The second edition of the Pune Vegan Fest, held on 4th & 5th March 2017, saw a myriad of events, activities and shopping opportunities ranging from health products, apparel, cosmetics, household products, this 2 day festival showcased, as well as benchmarked new age veganism in India! Veganism is not the rocket science people make it out to be, it’s a way of celebrating life, all life! Staying true to its intent, this strikingly woven festival organised by Living Free Pune, was not only to celebrate cruelty free living, but also promote upcoming cruelty free business ventures by way of networking and endorsing. With partnerships from pioneer brands and venues, this year had 35 vegan stalls and a footfall of over 3,000 people!

Date : 07 Mar 2017


The Relationship Between Yellow Journalism and the Human-Dog Conflict

In a classic example of “sensationalizing journalism” a writer from a reputed media house recently wrote an article, capitalising on human fears and horrors of dogs by referring to street dogs as a “menace,” by using the word “feasting” in an unsupported accusation of dog mauling, and by not mentioning crucial problem for dogs. Such problems might include uncontrolled garbage as a factor contributing to the current population, loss of habitat, two and three-fold growth in automobile traffic over the last few years and basic lack of integrity on the part of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation to sterilize street dogs in Amritsar. Not just this, similar cases of the human-dog confict seeing an uglier turn due to the media’s irrational sensationalism, similar case in Bareily was reported too(http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/14012/) , resulting in the possibility of rise in vigilantes; FIAPO gauged the potential outbreak and wrote to the concerned ministry to implement ABC programmes with immediate effect. A similar situation was to be seen in Amritsar’s Tarn Tara District too(Read more: http://bit.ly/2mhMMj1)We also intervened when in Lucknow, the media reported the illegal dislocation street drive-and the Municipal Corporation washed hands off the reported allegations.  It appears to FIAPO, the hungry media adds to people’s fears rather than alleviating it through information and solutions. On the flipside, the media also reported complaints from an animal protection activist in Visakhapatnam is shedding light on the heartbreaking dog cruelties, violations of law and gross mismanagement of an ABC programme run by the Vizag Municipal Corporation( More information: http://bit.ly/2lX8reD)


The Rise & Rise of Human-Wildlife Conflict

Crop damage caused by animals is of understandable concern to farmers. What they don’t, or can’t, sometimes sympathize with is the extent to which human population has depleted the food source for wildlife, leaving them with nothing at all if they don’t raid the nearby fields. Environment Trust suggests physical barriers to protect wildlife and people from each other in the Northeast (Read more: http://bit.ly/2mkLGEV) Meanwhile the wildlife attacks from a neighbouring wildlife sanctuary in Odisha are blatantly being ignored by the government; the latest to come to limelight are the #GiantRefugeesAnthgarh, Odisha http://bit.ly/2mhTCVwhttp://bit.ly/2mA9FAe and http://bit.ly/2lX7LpA.  Panthers and leopards, desperate for habitat as India’s human population skyrockets, have been forced from their habitats into human-populated areas in search of food. Not only is land which the big cats need developed for residential use, but with widespread grass poaching throughout India, natural food for big cats such as ground nested eggs, rodents and birds are being continuously depleted. Know more: http://bit.ly/2lX4G8Q
FIAPO knows that if there’s not enough forest and grassland because of growing human presence and exploitation of land, the future of wildlife is grim whether there are barriers or not. What choice do they have? Incidentally, the country celebrated World Wildlife Day by destroying poaching trophies at Delhi Zoo Hide of tigers and other products from wildlife so that people understand that after the court has passed its judgment and that such items are not a token of merit but of disgrace. See- http://bit.ly/2mkOTE9

Date : 07 Mar 2017


The Other Side of the Booming Pet Industry

With the ever- more segments being introduced and marketed to the already booming pet industry (see http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/noida-pet-care-industry-has-everything-to-gain-from-india-say-experts/) , one has to consciously be mindful of its positive and negative impact on the minds of people- while on one hand, it’s positive that pet nutrition is being glamourized (see http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/himalaya-forays-into-pet-nutrition-with-healthytreats/) , but on the other, so is pet breeding and pet  shops.
With the recent drafts being sent by FIAPO to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, to amend the pet breeding and pet shop rules of the country, we are hoping that the enforcement and amendments in the these rules will positively impact in decreasing pet breeding and therefore, the pet shops. While the pet shop owners’ feel threatened by the constant action in this space and are henceforth holding their own protests- http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/urging-immediate-and-stringent-action-against-harassment-of-wild-elephants-in-athgarh-forest-division/


The Tale of the Cat-astrophic Science Experiment for Young School Children!

After the horrifying incident of a fatal cat experiment in an environmental studies textbook for 4th class children came up, asking children as young as 9 years to suffocate a cat on the pretext of understanding the importance of breathing! FIAPO immediately took to action, reaching out to the publication house- PP Publications to remove the illegal (and unethical) content advocating for a cruel experiment on kittens.The threatened publication house was quick to promise us with:

  • Withdraw the publication from the distributors
  • Not sell from the existing stock
  • Not reprint the same content for the next academic year

Mindfulness of things published about animals, especially something unethical and illegal and be mindful of people’s sentiments.
In its latest development, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will review textbooks of private publishers taught in its affiliated schools. Read about the whole incident here: http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/need-air-for-life-to-find-out-put-kitten-in-a-box-says-textbook/


Central Zoo Authority& Children Urge MoEF&CC to #EndCircusSuffering for Elephants!

It’s a golden moment in the Indian Animals Right Movement, with the Central Zoo Authority supporting the proposal to end the use of elephants in circuses, and ensure their rehabilitation. There are also suggestions to cancel ownership certificates and rehabilitate elephants still in possession of the derecognized circuses; more involvement from AWBI & Project Elephant is on the cards too. Elephants, even though being a Schedule 1 species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, and have been suffering in the hands of their ‘rightful’ owners!
This recommendation has been made in light of the numerous inspection reports & notices documenting the widespread illegalities and cruelty to elephants in circuses. Based on which, CZA had previously de-recognised all circuses (but one), owing to the clear violation of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. With CZA’s ambit of wild animals, it has recommended that using elephants be completely stopped in Indian circuses. Resonating with the same thoughts, a group of Higher Secondary school children visited the Ministry with 1000 postcards, each with a personal message from school children across India about why they don’t want to see animals in circuses! Read more here- http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/end-circus-cruelty/


Jallikattu, Kambala? Yes, the Animal Rights Community Won Hands Down!

The animal rights movement is entering a new phase of maturity in the country, with the current explosion of popular sentiment against the government’s right to legislate our behavior towards ‘owned’ animals.This moment in history represents a high point in the animal rights movement. That animals have rights—as an issue which must be defined by law—is a conceptual victory. It will be perpetually debated, and as we progress as an international culture opposed to violence and dedicated to protecting the rights of the vulnerable, we will gradually see the installation of interpretations that serve animal justice rather than human caprice.
Thanks to the work of animal rights activists around the world, animal justice is on the docket.So, let us animal rights activists not interpret this day as a setback. It is not.It is the result of successes that people are coming to terms with their philosophy that the human race should not be curtailed by the government in its treatment of animals. They are thinking about it. It is no longer possible to ignore it as an issue as if we are simply born in a universe that assumes cruelty. It must be a choice. Some people want to protect that choice but recognizing that it is a choice rather than a necessity is progress. Know more here: http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/tradition-culture-or-cruelty/


The Devious Endeavors of Dairy & its Business Partner- Meat!

With the roundup of stats about the rise in meat, milk and eggs production in India(Ref: http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/indias-meat-production-rises-8-48-in-july-october-2016-17-2/ and http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/exposed-india-today-finds-camel-carcasses-inside-delhis-cold-storage-houses-2/ , the grimness of a worked out, yet undefeated animal rights activist is a telltale! The bird’s eye view of the ever increasing threat to global warming due to the massive animal industries that have unnaturally increased the population of cows in India and around the world–cowswho emit methane in their excreta and who are fed from crops which are planted by agri-businesses where once grew oxygen-rich forests. Today many former forests are wastelands of soya production for artificially bred animals.
To add to the number of suffering dairy animals, there’s another name added to it-camels, by the dairy giant- Amul! In its effort to divert attentionfrom the dangerous effects of cow’s milk, Amul seeks to popularize Camel milk for India’s rapidly growing population of Type 1 Diabetes sufferers; know more here: http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/indias-largest-dairy-brand-prepares-to-market-an-acquired-taste-camel-milk-2/.
In another perspective of the evil partner industries, the use of unprecedented anti-biotics threatens its ineffectiveness; not only for animals who can die from diseases which were once controlled by anti-biotics and for whom, theydeem ineffective; humans too are at increased risk of mortality because of anti-microbial resistance. The perceived need by dairy businesses to over-use anti-biotics would, of course, be unnecessary if the industry of intensive dairying was reduced by decline in the consumer demand. Ref: http://www.fiapo.org/newsandevents/four-ministries-to-come-together-to-combat-antimicrobial-resistance-2/


Urging immediate and stringent action against harassment of wild elephants in Athgarh forest division

To,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4 March 2017

Shri Naveen Patanik,
The Chief Minister of Orissa
Office of the Chief Minister
Grievance Cell, Qrs No VIII-DS-I,Unit-V,
Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Pin- 751001

Dear Sir,

Subject: Urging immediate and stringent action against harassment of wild elephants in Athgarh forest division.

I write to you on behalf of the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), India’s apex animal protection agency. As the collective voice of the animal protection movement in India, FIAPO is the catalyst which protects the interests of animals on local and national levels. Created for the movement, by the movement, FIAPO is India’s only national federation with 77 members and over 200 supporter organisations nationally.

We have been recently informed about the outrageous harassment of herds of wild elephants in the Khuntuni range of Athgah forest division, less than 50 km Bhubhaneshwar. The video depicting mobs of men heckling, brandishing sticks, chasing and throwing objects at the herds makes us severely concerned for the safety of both the elephants and the people.

Speaking for all our member organisations, we condemn this behaviour towards our national heritage animal. Sir, kindly be informed that the elephant is accorded the maximum protection under the Wildlife (protection) Act, 1972, and such behaviour is a violation of Section 2 (subsection 16), punishable with a jail term of up to seven years.

We are informed by conservation leaders who have worked in the Athgarh region for many years that the natural habitat of these elephants has been devastated and they live as refugees, in constant search of food and shelter.

This being the situation, we appeal to you to address the situation with utmost urgency, before there is a tragedy. We strongly suggest the following steps-

  • Direct the local police and district administration at Cuttack to ensure immediate dispersal of crowds with instructions to allow peaceful passage to elephants henceforth.
  • Direct the Chief Wildlife Warden and DFO Atgarh to initiate habitat restoration, watershed management, restoration of the Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, and to secure and revive its corridors to the Kapilash Wildlife Sanctuary and the Satkosia landscape in the state.

I trust that Orissa, which proudly calls itself the Soul of Incredible India, will ensure compassionate treatment of its elephants, which have also been one of the principal attractions to visitors from afar.

Yours truly

Prashanth V
Senior campaign manager, FIAPO
prashanth@fiapo.org l +918745017435


Neglect on part of Municipal Corporation of Bareilly, disrupts human-dog harmony in the district

Bareilly, 27th February 2017: Another case of pure negligence by the municipal corporation of Bareilly district has led to a human-dog conflict in the city. The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation (FIAPO) has asked the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Bareilly to look into the matter and implement a large-scale Animal Birth Control programme to provide a long-term solution that ensures human and animal welfare instead of resorting to short-term, ineffective and illegal methods that displace or destroy dogs.

A rigorous Animal Birth Control programme is the only scientific and successful method of resolving the human-animal conflict and prevent dog bites and rabies. Under this programme, street dogs must be caught, surgically made sterile and then left at their original territories after being administered a preventive shot of rabies. In fact, there are many success stories of the impact of this program; especially in the cities like Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai

In case of Bareilly, the ABC programme currently undertaken by the Municipal Corporation is inadequately small and thus completely ineffective. Research shows that at least 70% of the dogs need to be sterilised for the programme to have an impact, whereas the current coverage of the AMC is nowhere near that. In a recent order Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, it has been held that, “it is suffice to say that all the State municipal corporations, municipal committees, district boards and local bodies shall be guided by the Act and the Rules and it is the duty and obligation of the Animal Welfare Board to see that they are followed with all seriousness. It is also the duty of all the municipal corporations to provide infrastructure as mandated in the statute and the rules.”

It was further observed that, “no innovative method or subterfuge should be adopted not to carry out the responsibility under the 1960 Act or the 2001 Rules. Any kind of laxity while carrying out statutory obligations is not countenanced in law.” Relocation of dogs is not only illegal, but also causes a dog- vacuum in that location which gives way to the untreated non vaccinated dogs who are not familiar with the locality and often bark at the people crossing by to mark and claim their new territory. It also inhibits from keeping a check on the number of sterilized dog count in the city. Animal Birth Control (dogs), 2001, prohibits the relocation of these animals after treatment.

Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO said “In Bareilly, we were sitting on a live volcano that was waiting to erupt. On May 19th, 2016, we had written to then District Magistrate, Mr. Gaurav Dayal, informing him about the situation at hand and urging him to ensure that human-dog conflict does not arise. Unfortunately, our fears have become a reality in the district. We have always stated that the only way to reduce incidents of dog-bites and rabies is large scale and consistent Animal Birth Control programmes.”

“Animal Birth Control Rules obligates the local authority to conduct sterilization and immunization as a method to control street dogs and if the Municipal Corporation was indeed concerned about the increased dog-bites, it should have immediately provide adequate infrastructure and set-up a large-scale ABC programme. Regretfully that has not happened till now. We urge the Divisional Magistrate, Mr. Apoorva Dubey to look into the matter and ensure immediate and effective Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme in the district along with proper Anti Rabies Vaccination (ARV) drives so that there are no conflicts in the future”, Ms. Mehrotra added.

Date : 27 Feb 2017