Conducting Awareness Programmes

1. I want to conduct a presentation at my school, what do I do?

First of all school authorities should be contacted and permission about the same should be obtained. It will be better if the presentation is conducted in collaboration with some animal welfare organisation as they will be able to provide better insight into the aspects of animal welfare. One can contact organisations like FIAPO either through their webpage or their facebook page. It is even better if a draft of the structure of the presentation is prepared before talking to the organisation so that one has certain deliverables that you expect in hand.

2. How can I be of help at my local ‘animal shelter’?

One of the best things is to volunteer. Usually, animal shelters run various programs and campaigns and one can volunteer to help them. These animal shelters need funding for their various causes and campaigns. So another help can be provided in the name of fund raising. Third option can be to donate supplies that are there on their wish list. Also one can foster shelter animals at one’s house.

3. How do I sensitize the public to street animals/animal suffering?

Sensitization of the general public on issues like these is very important. If the public is well aware and sensitized, half the battle for animal protection is won. One can sensitize the public through the following ways:

• By having regular sessions with school students. This can be done with a possible tie up between a school and an animal protection organisation.
• By conducting effective and innovative outreach in busy and crowded areas. Please visit www.livingfreeindia.org for information on animal suffering, material and more.
• By enacting street plays.
• By creating page on social media websites like facebook and updating it daily.
• By initiating awareness programmes for general public.
• By using socially innovative techniques like a flash mob.

4. What are the alternatives that can be used to help people reduce animal use (and abuse)?

The following alternatives can be used to reduce animal use (abuse)
• One should stop buying and using products from companies that test on animals. As the demand for such products will decrease, their supply will automatically decrease. Companies like Blush, Forest Essential, Shahnaz Husain don’t test cosmetics on animals.
• One should reduce one’s consumption of animal products and it’s by products and eventually adopts vegetarianism or veganism. The plight of the factory farm animals is the result of the consumption of animal products and by products.
• One should spread awareness about the cause amongst people.
• One must act against the torture that animals are subjected to at their own level. For example, one must at once report to the police if one’s neighbour is ill-treating his/her pet.

5. Is there any humane education curriculum that I can refer to for myoutreach work?

In the year 2013, CBSE had endorsed a section in the curriculum of students in the age group of 8-12 years called “Compassionate Citizen”. It was a humane education programme prepared by PETA. The sole aim of this programme was to inculcate respect and compassion among school students. The programme consists of a teacher’s guide, reproducible activity sheets, a reading unit with adaptations from true animal stories and a 28-minute video with remarkable animal footage. One can use this curriculum as a reference for one’s outreach work. The website of Animal Welfare Boards of India (AWBI) provides information on the same.
One of the programs run by FIAPO is Living Free which aims to sensitize people towards animal suffering. One can consult www.livingfreeindia.org , for more information on this.