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Dear [%first_name | Default Value%],
 
The animal protection community welcomed the recent conviction of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck killing case, with the high court passing the verdict of serving five years in prison along with a fine of Rs. 10,000. The verdict sent a clear message –that celebrity or commoner - no one was above the law.
 
It also highlighted an often overlooked fact, that the Wildlife Protection Act is an extremely progressive law. A quick look at the Wildlife Protection Act shines light on the detail and depth with which the law has been written.  Even the mere attempt, whether successful or not, to capture, kill or poison a wild animal falls under the offence of hunting. Punishment for offences in the WPA can get you fined for Rs. 25,000 or three years of imprisonment, with the fine going up to six years in cases of repeat offenders.
 
The strength of the law however, can only get us so far. In reality, the cases of conviction under the Wildlife Protection Law are few and far in between, making it similar to most other animal laws that exist in the country.
 
Take meat shops for example – controlled by over five different laws and advisories – namely, Food Safety and Standards Regulation 2010, Slaughterhouse Rules 2001, Pollution Control norms, Municipal Rules and BIS standards – the meat industry still stands largely unregulated, perpetuating cruelties such as child labour, injury and disease among animals and  illegal slaughter. Similarly, while many local authorities have banned the setting up of dairies within municipal limits – the growing crowds of cattle lining suburban areas show the callousness and disregard with which these rules are regularly flouted.
 
Clearly, the law alone is not enough to stop violence against animals. For every progressive legislation that stands to fight for animals in India, there is still a struggle to ensure that violations are reported and perpetrators are brought to task. This mismatch between the existence of good laws and their actual implementation, adequately reflects our ability (or lack thereof) to provide effective solutions to the problem of animal rights violations.  

As a first step, we must backdoor existing knowledge with practical know how to ensure that the law upholds, not just on paper, but in spirit. This practical ability translates to working collaboratively alongside people, learning to engage with the government and our communities in a healthy way and learning to plan effective local campaigns. It is only through networking, capacity building and grassroots level trainings, that we can ensure improved enforcement from the ground up. Following such an approach, even the problematic circles of meat shops have shown marked improvement. Campaigners in cities like Jaipur and Hyderabad, have been quietly campaigning against these shops by conducting regular inspections, filing complaints, follow-ups, enabling inspections by food safety authorities and municipal corporations, training themselves and recruiting volunteers. This has resulted in many roadside shops being shut down, with many others  getting licensed and regulated.
 
Most importantly, this reflects a shift in the way we campaign – moving from a reactive, incident driven way of working to one that ensures persistent change in the long run ensuring sustainability. A practical example of this would be to not only have an effective response in case of a dog bite, but also ensuring regularised ABC, ARV, education and counselling so that the number of such cases falls in the long run.
 
This means responding to things as they occur, but also creating conditions that ensure a proactive framework that protects the interests of animals. As advocates of animal rights – passion plays a big role in our fight for animals – we now need to take all the passion and direct it into organised work for animals. The current face of animal rights conjures images of a few passionate, but scattered animal lovers –and the need to come together as a collective movement has never been stronger. With the growing rate of animal abuse in our country, we simply cannot wait for things to fall in place on their own. 
 
Best,
Varda Mehrotra, 
Director, 
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
World Circus Day: Call to End Animal Suffering in Circuses Grows Louder
 
Discontent with circus conditions is rising across the country, and recently, bollywood actress Raveena Tandon lent her voice towards FIAPO’s #EndCircusSuffering campaign.  In a letter to Harsh Vardhan,  the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change ahead of World Circus Day (April 21), she said: “People visit circuses for entertainment – for many children, this is their first interaction with animals such as elephants and exotic birds. The message that these institutions give out about animals is NOT what we want our future generations to learn.”
She is joined by actress Dia Mirza, noted members of parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Vinod Chavda, BC Khanduri, KC Ramamurthy, Butta Renuka and advocate Prashant Bhushan.
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Not An Object, Not Your Property: Why Animals Need the Right to ‘Personhood’
 
India’s rich and varied heritage has allowed for compassion, tolerance and sometimes even reverence for animals in India. However, just like the rest of the world, the animals we work so hard to safeguard are ultimately seen only as property. This paradigm needs to shift to seeing animals as beings with intrinsic value who, just like humans nurture their young ones, build kinship, feel grief and are therefore worthy of  some  basic rights including a right to a dignified life and bodily liberty. FIAPO is working on personhood for animals, alongside other rights based organisations  to create room a dialogue for these sentient beings on the legal front. (Read More)  
The Needless Exploitation of Animals
 
The animal testing and experimentation industry is everywhere. It is secretive, pervasive and profitable. Most of us don’t even know that the products that we buy have so much suffering in them. Ranging from luxuries like perfumes to basics like medicines, everyone uses experimentation in the name of science. Though there are methods which are cheaper and more accurate, this inhuman practice of experimenting products on animals is still prevalent everywhere across the country. This article is a reminder, of how animals are used and abused beyond food, and why this cruel practice needs an immediate ban!  (Read More)
Regulation on Sale of Oxytocin
 
Krishna Ashram, a farmhouse in Chhatarpur area of South Delhi has been home to over a thousand street dogs and a similar number of other animals including cows, donkeys and pigs. Over 150 volunteers along with four veterinary doctors are always present at the ashram to look after the animals. The owner of the ashram, Ms. Rita Singh is now looking to get better doctors on board with an idea to cure severe injuries in street animals. FIAPO salutes the efforts of Ms. Rita Singh, who is helping to create a difference in the lives of these animals. (Read More)
Anushka Sharma Spends Her Birthday Spreading Love Towards Animals
 
Anushka Sharma, one of India’s most popular Bollywood actors, surprised all animal lovers on her 30th birthday when she announced opening an animal shelter on the outskirts of Mumbai. There are a lot of abandoned and stranded animals on the streets of Mumbai, and this shelter would be home for such animals who are not loved, cherished, or cared for.  We salute the efforts of this young actor for showing love and compassion for our friends on the streets, and also urge other animal lovers to come forward for the betterment of animals in the country. (Read More)
Centre Drops 'Slaughter' References from New Version of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules 
 
Going back on their word to protect bovines from slaughter, the centre has removed all references to the term "slaughter" in the new version of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017. The new market rules have not only removed any and all checks on selling animals for slaughter, but have also significantly weakened the protection offered to animals at markets. Practices such as twisting or breaking of tail, rubbing chili in the eye, dragging animals along the ground, tying more than one animal using a single rope will now have no check in place leaving the objective and purpose of these rules completely defeated. (Read More)
End Exploitative Dairies
 
Set up with the aim to bring legislative reform in the dairy industry, FIAPO’s #EndExploitativeDairies campaign has  already created an impact in 6 states which have passed guidelines for proper management of urban and peri-urban dairies. We now need to push for a change at the national level!
 
Let the government know you care. Help us in appealing to the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change in amending the Registration of Cattle Premises Rules and ensure better and cruelty free treatment of animals.
 
Let’s #EndExploitativeDairies, for a better future of dairy animals in the country!
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Animal Welfare Association

Animal Welfare Association Panchkula, was set up as a volunteer group of animal lovers who were actively involved in rescue and care of animals in need. AWA aimed to be connected with animal lovers locally and in other cities for better coordination. They have rescued countless sick, injured and abandoned animals, had numerous successful dog adoptions and held ARV drives. In the absence of a catching squad in the city, AWA kept the ABC programme running, managing to get 250 dogs sterilized.
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India For Animals Conference
The biennial India for Animals (IFA) national conference is a one of its kind event that marks the celebration of animal rights in India. The conference provides a platform to hundreds of grassroots activists, practitioners and philanthropists from across the country. IFA helps people get together under a common banner to connect, build and learn from each other. This year, IFA will be held from 26th-28th October 2018, at The Leonia Resort in Hyderabad. Register today to witness the future of animal rights in the country!
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Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
E-18A, East of Kailash,
New Delhi.