Animal Matters, No 6: 8th June, 2012
When Julius Caesar's army would conquer a new region, his troops returned with samples of their booty to parade with pomp and splendor. Panthers in chains, Pygmys, tall black men in chains and ropes, gemstones, basketry, beadwork, and black babies. Everything was now the possession of Caesar. Look at it! No matter that thousands of human beings and animals died to make this zoological exhibition.
Zoos, dolphinariums, Night Safaris do the same thing Caesar did.
I am excited to see that FIAPO's website is filled with information about such animal-abuse adventures. Let's turn to the FIAPO website often, galvanize our understanding, and work creatively to oppose the projects coming up in our own back yards.
I was startled to learn that the Smithsonian Institute fought in court for the right to put an African man on display in the 1904 Chicago World's Fair! They lost.
I am looking forward to every coming FIAPO campaign, large or small, every squeak from every one of us who speaks out against the practice of forcing animals into captivity for human recreation. It was horrendous in the time of Caesar and hasn't gotten any nicer since.
Erika Abrams, FIAPO Trustee
IfA 2012 conference in Goa will be THE Number 1 OPPORTUNITY this year to find inspiration, information and basically have a blast meeting old friends and making new friends each of whom, like you, is extremely devoted to animals! Have you registered yet? http://fiapo.org/ifa12.php
Sneak peek: Workshop on Improving Zoos, facilitated by well-known former Peta-India head Anuradha Sawhney. Ms Sawhney is one of India's most outspoken critics of zoos, and has led efforts to expose the corruption, ineptitude and fundamental wrong-headedness of zoos in India and internationally. She'll explain what has been done and how you can plug in to the movement to stop new zoos, shut down old ones and improve all of them in the meantime.
As a federation, our members are our central point of focus. As a part of our ongoing mission to serve our members better, we are creating a new section on our website, a members’ directory, where you can search for other members near you. Members will also be provided with dedicated space to promote their own activities and organisations. You can see examples here http://fiapo.org/members.php – every member gets an individual page, so send in your detailed profile. To read more about membership, and to become a member, see http://fiapo.org/membershipapp.php
Our test leafleting is under way! The aim is to learn, document and train on the most effective leafleting methods and the best locations to do leafleting in. You can download our leaflets here http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11908 and here http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11907 Our first test took us to NCPA, where an IIT event was under way. Leaflets were handed out to the young students, and we where thrilled by their response! You can see some photos of the event here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.446146748747831.118050.120832497945926&type=3
Also in the world of Blissful Bites, PCRM's 21-day Vegan Kickstart India provides a research-based roadmap to jumpstart weight loss, boost your health, and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. See http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11894
There has been some discussion about the recent Euro Fashions ad on our online forum, so we thought we'd post this news here again, it's a momentous victory indeed!
Following from some photos on Facebook of suspected dog-fighting, we launched into action. We suspect the person responsible to be from Punjab and the fight, taking place in Haryana, We have complained to the Inspector General of Police, Punjab and Haryana along with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). Working with the media, we have also announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for arrest and conviction of the suspect. Here are a few reports of this story in the media http://www.fiapo.org/view_art.php?viewid=11899 For more info on this case, see http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11892
A few months ago, concerned members from Goa informed us about the indiscriminate snaring in the area. Down to Earth recently did a story on it. With the Govt. turning a blind eye, the killing continues. http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11884
Collaboration: Jaipur Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (JFAPO) had a busy weekend - 10 groups, 30 volunteers, community participation and excellent team work - 100 waterbowls installed, and distribution points all over the city! More about it here http://fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=11893
We received a complaint about an elephant chained all day with limited food and water at a temple in Kerala. Working with our members in the area – CUPA & WRRC, we wrote a strong letter to the Chief Wildlife Warden, asking for the abused elephant – called Narayanankutty - to be transferred immediately to an Elephant Rehabilitation Center. We will let you know when Narayan is rehomed!
In focus: YOU!