Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Raju, the Elephant, No More a Slave after 50 Years…

Raju, the elephant, that had been chained throughout his 50-year life and subjected to severe abuse all his life, was recently rescued from his captors in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. The elephant was used for begging, joy rides, and performing tricks to appease people for money. He had also been poked with spikes and had wounds in several parts of his body. He had even been fed paper and plastic! The elephant’s taste buds have been damaged and he cannot taste food anymore! Even his digestive system will take a long time to recover! They say he was probably taken from a forest as a calf and then sold several times to different owners! So much for the innocent soul to suffer!! The elephant was crying while being unchained!



This elephant was seized by the Forest Department from his owner when he could not produce the documents for his possession. But what about those 50 long years that this majestic animal spent in severe abuse and torture? And why couldn’t he be rescued earlier? This incident arouses anger, disappointment and disbelief about the greed of humans who would go beyond any limit of cruelty to inflict abuse on innocent animals for monetary gains.

What have we come to as a community? Are we still savages? This whole episode is unbelievable and almost ends my hope and faith in humanity.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Man Killed for Feeding Stray Dogs???

A dog lover, who cared for stray dogs by giving them food and water, was killed by his neighbor who couldn't stand his passion for stray animals! This unfortunate incident happened in Howrah city in Kolkata state of India. The victim had gone out to feed stray dogs as usual when the murderer came charging at him, complaining that the dogs were a nuisance and created problems for the people. When the animal lover was attacked, the dogs charged at the attacker and he fled. But he came back later, this time with an iron rod, and started hitting the animal lover on the head. This resulted in the death of the animal lover.


This cruel and sad incident clearly shows how intolerant our society has become of animals and animal lovers. And this has happened in a country which is known to worship animals as different forms of God!! Why kill animals and accuse them of creating a nuisance when we have destroyed their habitat? If we leave no place for them to live, we will have to be ready to co-exist with them. In fact, all the animals want to remain away from the merciless humankind and try their best to avoid them. But with their shrinking habitat, they have no option but to live with us and suffer heavily in return.

This kind of cruelty and insensitivity is totally unacceptable. The government and the authorities must ensure the safety of animals and animal lovers. How long will animals be tortured and killed for no fault of theirs?



Sunday, June 22, 2014

250 Lions Dead in 5 Years

250 lions have died in past 5 years in Gir wildlife sanctuary and its periphery in India. The death of lions in such huge numbers is alarming. It raises serious concerns about the upkeep and safety of lions in India. Many lions were run over by trains which operate through this area! Many others died by electrocution and by falling in wells!



This all proves how callous we are in our approach to provide a safe life to these majestic animals. Imagine lions dying by being run over by trains, by electrocution, and by falling in wells! Where are the safety measures? Can't these animals be provided with a safe habitat protected from man-made hazards?

Animals don't take anything from nature except what nature offers them. They don't manufacture or build anything and don't exploit the Earth for commercial benefits. Yet, they can't live in peace, and have to perish because of the selfishness of the human race. Safety measures must be taken immediately to save these lions from further damage and death. It must be ensured that their habitat is free from trains, electricity and wells...!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Landmark Victory for Animals

In a landmark victory for animals, the Supreme Court of India yesterday banned bullfights and bullock cart racing in many states of India in a major step towards protecting animals from human cruelty. The court favored constitutional status for rights of animals like citizens. It said, "Parliament, it is expected, would elevate rights of animals so that of constitutional rights, as done by many of the countries around the world, so as to protect their dignity and honor."


This is a time to celebrate the victory of animals, but how effectively this ruling is implemented is yet to be seen. Because despite stringent rules being in place to protect animals, they are still being tortured, mistreated, traded and butchered. A task force, to implement this ruling, should also be formed to oversee the implementation of this ruling, and the task force should consist of honest, animal loving officers. We hope that in near future there will be more such laws to protect the rights of the animals, and the animals would have more chances of living in peace.




Friday, April 18, 2014

Dogs dying in Line of Duty - Indian Elections

Some 450 canines are on election duty in India and many of them have died due to heat stroke. Working in sweltering heat, putting life and limb at risk, the hard working dogs have sniffed out about 221 kg of explosives in the form of IEDs across states in India. But this has taken a toll on them as many of them could not take the rigours of the mammoth task.

One of these dogs Brandy, a Labrador serving with the Central Reserve Police Force, detected about 40 kg of explosives. Thrice last year, he saved the lives of the security personnel by detecting explosives in the nick of time. Sadly, Brandy died on March 24. According to doctors, the cause of his death appears to be heat stroke. Some other dogs, Pinky and Silky, too died in April this year due to heat stroke.


Despite the difficulties and the fatalities, these loyal dogs continue to carry out their duties. But is it ethical for the security forces to overwork these dogs so much that they have to die saving human lives? Is the life of a dog less precious than the life of a human? Can't the number of these working dogs be not increased to lessen the woes they suffer at the hands of the people who value only human life as a life?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mobile Clinic for Injured/Abused Animals

Our mission is to rehabilitate stray and abused animals and birds and provide them with a safe home. We aspire to build an animal reserve and a bird sanctuary for them where they can live in peace. We also wish to open a hospital for our animal friends and start a mobile clinic service in order to provide spay/neuter and other surgery to stray and injured animals. We want to set up a fully equipped mobile clinic which would be a valuable asset in our efforts to rescue injured and mistreated or abused stray and wild animals, and would assist greatly in their conservation and animal welfare work.




The purpose of setting up a mobile wildlife clinic is to help animals wherever needed, and to rescue animals from places all over the country(India) when veterinary assistance would be required. With the installed equipment such as pulse-oximeters, IV-pump and a gas-anesthetic respirator the mobile clinic will allow us to assess, treat, and monitor animals at the rescue location.

The mobile clinic will also help us to provide a neuter/spay service for local street dogs and abandoned domestic pets. We will also have dart-guns which will make catching injured wildlife animals such as macaques easier and safer for both animals and our team. Please donate at this page or at our website: http://lifeforanimals.webs.com .

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stray Dogs Brutally Assaulted

Animal abusers have struck again. This time they have tried to burn a stray dog alive! This cruel and sad incident happened in Delhi in India where some animal abusers poured petrol on a street dog and set it ablaze. The dog was rescued by some animal care activists and given medical treatment.


What is alarming that such incidents have increased over the past four-five years, and are now reported almost every week. And what is very disturbing is that the dogs are abused in specific parts of their body, such as their genitalia!! The dog which was attacked recently, suffered heavy burns on its belly and testes! This is really sick.



After so much of spread of education and activism about animal compassion and animal rights and welfare, instead of being tolerant to animals; people are turning more and more violent towards them! Dogs are deliberately harmed with poison, burning, slashing, acid and beating. These cruel actions clearly show a total lack of value of life and disregard for animals as living beings. As a society, we need to learn to regard animals as living beings like us. We need to respect them as individuals as we respect pther humans. Most importantly, we need to learn that we exist on the planet only because of animals. If they perish, we will perish, too.