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Raising a voice for animal rights

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 23, 2012
First Published: 23:39 IST(23/4/2012) | Last Updated: 23:40 IST(23/4/2012)

Animal activists on Monday protested against putting down of dogs in pounds and harassment of other animals at the hands of different agencies.

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Activists from PETA and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) demonstrated at Jantar Mantar, raising concern at the treatment of the canines at dog pounds in different cities.

They alleged that a dog is usually put down if it does not find a home within two weeks of its arrival at the pound. They also demanded rules and procedures, seeking to improve the conditions in which cattle is transported.

They demanded that scientific methods should be devised so that animals could be kept out of the clinical trials and other experiments.

“It is time make the animal movement mainstream,” said Rukmini Shekhar, a social welfare activist. She added that stray cows should be given proper shelter, as they are prone to chew hazardous material such as plastic.

The animal welfare activists were unanimous that instead of working in confrontation with the government, they should engage the authorities to ensure better policies and their effective implementation.

They also called for an effective implementation of the animal birth control programme and stressed that animal welfare organisations should be engaged during such campaigns.

“We have been demanding the enactment of the animal protection law as soon as possible. We have approached the ministry of environment and forests,” said Anjali Sharma, executive committee member, Animal Welfare Board of India.

Social activist, Swami Agnivesh, and musicians from different bands and talent shows also participated in the protest.


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