Animals Equal Rights

Animals Have Equal Rights To Live Like Humans

“Humans are said to be a bright developing species that has a consciousness of understanding its nature, surroundings, and needs, but what is the use of this consciousness if we cannot use it for others’ welfare? As our great freedom fighter M.S. Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

The stray animals’ situation is the worst in our country. These voiceless are treated cruelly and brutally in our society. Prevention of Cruelty to animals is required. The House of Stray Animals realized the issue of animal cruelty and released a press conference on 2nd December 2022 at the Press Club of India to raise awareness for these stray animals.
Some renowned people participated in this conference, Dr. Vijay Pathak (Indian Veterinary Association – Treasury,), Sanjay Mohapatra (Founder of House of Stray Animas), Vijay Kumar (Veterinary Doctor), and Saumya Tandon (Animal Law advocate).

This press conference was organized to raise and highlight the issues stray animals face in our society every day. In the press conference, many questions were raised on how brutally these stray dogs and other animals were treated and how they have been neglected by society. No law is enforced for these voiceless animals as they are involved in road accidents, harshly catching these stray animals and no proper medication. When they fall sick or injured, there is no help or medicine provided by the government.

RWA should step up and take the initiative of feeding these stray animals and providing temporary shelter and first aid in case of any sickness or injury. Dogs are becoming aggressive because they are not being fed. They are voiceless, therefore, cannot express their pain, or they are hungry. MCD vans and dog caters handle them very harshly and the vaccinations of dogs are not done according to the medical procedure. Later the records of yearly vaccination are not maintained, and the lack of training of medical staff resulting in countless deaths on the table during the procedure, post-care, and release after the procedure is the worst. In India, we need Veterinary hospitals to be built by the government with infrastructure, Medicines, Veterinary doctors, Equipment, and staff.

People are not aware of the PCA act. Animal caretakers and volunteers are not protected and are continuously harassed by police, Residents, and RWA. Pet parents avoid and abandon their pets because of social pressure and are unaware of their pet’s needs and behavioral patterns due to lack of knowledge. People should be educated first on how to take proper care of these animals and should also be encouraged to adopt Indian breeds.

Our community should not elect those Political Parties who are making false promises against these stray animals and are planning to send them from the entire area to the pound “Jail”.

Stray animals living in the community are a part of our society and environment. However, removing them is equal to disturbing nature.

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RTI Warriors II – ‘Fighting Evil Is Never Easy’

  I was in Class VI, when I was attacked and my family was threatened by a group of miscreants.

The reason: we wanted the cruelty inflicted on animals for training to end. It was a scary experience, the threats shook us but my father was undeterred. In Faridabad, Haryana, being an animal rights activist couldn’t be easy. But then, challenging the corrupt and standing up against age-old discriminatory practices have never been easy anywhere in the country.

Right to Information (RTI) came handy in our fight for the voiceless. We found it to be an important tool that could bring about change. My series of RTIs against kalandars (a term for street performers, acrobats and animal trainers), who illegally captured bears and tortured them to perform dance on the street, had irked the community. Though we managed to stop the practice and got many bears rescued, we had ruffled many a feather.

A group of irate kalandars attacked our home and threatened my family to leave the place immediately or worse would follow. These threats got louder and scarier by each passing day. Finally, my father, Naresh Kadyan, who is also an animal activist, decided to sell our bungalow in Faridabad. We moved to a better and a more secure residential apartment in Delhi.

Our new house was small but safe. For the next couple of years, it became our battleground for our fight against the system. I have been filing RTIs related to animal cruelty and human rights violation. I consider myself fortunate that my efforts have yielded positive results. One of my RTI applications resulted in ban of quail farming.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), which provided financial assistance to beneficiaries willing to take up quail farming, decided to withdraw fund quail farms. In 2013, I took up the cause of saving elephants. Elephants in India are being treated like cows, buffalos and goats. This has led to rampant trading of elephants much like cattle.

The pachyderm belongs to the wild and trading them is a violation of their rights. The animal has been killed by speeding trucks in NCR. We are fighting to save them through multiple means: from RTIs to crowd petitioning via Meanwhile, I got married and have moved to Ahmedabad but my mission continues.

Of late, I realised that getting information through RTIs is getting more difficult. Our bureaucracy has devised new ways to circumvent, twist and hide the truth. At the legislature level, too, attempts are being made to dilute its provisions. Clearly, some truths are bothersome to people in power. In spite of the hurdles, I know this is the purpose of my life. If babus find a way to avert disclosure of truth, we shall find another way to uncover it. This is an ongoing battle. We are at it.