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Humane Society International (HSI) India

Non-profit animal protection organization

Humane Society International (HSI) India is one of the largest non-profit animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife—and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. Our organization has a strong record of program achievements and serves a critical and expanding role in global efforts to reduce animal suffering. Through fieldwork, policy formation, humane education and direct care and services, our organization has helped advance the cause of animal welfare in dozens of nations worldwide by protecting street dogs, responding to disasters, saving wild animals from abuse, protecting marine mammals, fighting factory farming, and striving to end toxicity testing on animals. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for all animals, including people. Our motto is Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.

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We Are Free, But Why Are We Condemning Animals To Captivity?

Today, India celebrates 69 years of freedom. That single word encapsulates the right as well as the power to think, act and live with dignity. It took years of struggle and sacrifice for the citizens of India to realize this dream. But have these fundamental rights that we human beings cherish and celebrate every year blinded us to the pain and struggle of millions of animals willfully denied their basic freedoms to serve human ends?
11/08/2016 12:56 PM IST

10 Things That Great Pet Parents Do

Where there are wagging tails and happy purrs, you will surely find good pet parents. And a good pet parent is a responsible one. If you are thinking of getting a pet, here are some duties that good pet parents in India fulfill.
01/08/2016 2:52 PM IST
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Why Our ‘Celebration’ Of Snakes Is A Curse On Them

The season of Nagpanchami is drawing close and Sumanth Bindhumadhav knows he has his work cut out for him. As a consultant with Humane Society International/India, he is trained to rescue animals, including snakes. He received word recently that a group of people, purportedly from the snake charmer community, had captured and were holding snakes. With World Snake Day taking place on 16 July, it's important to remind everyone that it's illegal to capture, display and kill snakes in India under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
11/07/2016 11:20 AM IST
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The Wild Injustice Of Culling Nilgai, Monkeys And Wild Boar As ‘Vermin'

Dispensing with a problem is not the same as solving it. India's Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) would do well to note that. In the wake of severe losses by farmers due to crop depredation by wildlife across India, the MoEFCC allowed the culling of crop-raiding wildlife by invoking Section 62 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 (WPA). Shockingly, the memorandum is mum on encouraging states to hold consultations with wildlife experts and explore non-invasive mitigation techniques.
04/07/2016 8:28 AM IST
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India's Turtles Are Dying, But We Can Help Save Them

It's<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Turtle_Day" target="_hplink"> World Turtle Day</a> on 23 May, and this perhaps is an apt occasion to reflect on the violence, intended and unintended, that is being done to these gentle creatures. Turtles have existed since the beginning of the age of dinosaurs; sadly, they are now in grave danger. We cannot afford to ignore the continuing disappearance of these fascinating reptiles.
22/05/2016 9:13 AM IST
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Want To Conserve Water And Protect The Earth? Try Going Veg

Not only does animal agriculture consume unsustainable amounts of water, it also can pollute a region's water supply. But animal agriculture doesn't have to be our proverbial white elephant. According to a 2012 study, vegetarian diets dramatically reduce the pressure on our water resources. By choosing more plant-based foods, we can reduce our impact on the environment and help animals. With World Earth Day on 22 April, it's something to chew on.
22/04/2016 10:38 AM IST
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Why The World Bank (And You) Should Bat For Better Treatment Of Livestock

The FAO predicts that animal agriculture will increase by approximately 70% by 2050, with most of that growth taking place in emerging economies like India. Thus, investment is likely to be significant in the public and private sector of meat, egg and milk production. The World Bank's safeguard policies set the standard for public sector lending and investments in emerging economies. That is why NGOs around the world, including HSI, have appealed to the financial institution to include enforceable animal welfare standards in its safeguard policies.
11/03/2016 8:07 AM IST
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Why We're Eradicating The Disease, Not The Dogs Around Corbett Tiger Reserve

To help address the possibility of the outbreak of disease, HSI/India has proposed a Mass Dog Vaccination program in the area to vaccinate the dogs and identify any that may be infected. Previously, MDV programs have been carried out in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and other national parks around the world. The MDV program is a proven humane solution that can help maintain the delicate balance between the habitat of the wild and human settlements with dogs.
06/02/2016 8:19 AM IST
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A Sanction For Abuse: Govt's Stand On Jallikattu Bull Festival Is Against Law And Humanity

The Centre has shown that it is impossible to practise politics without some measure of subterfuge. In a notification dated 7 January 2016, the Central Government allowed the use of bulls in jallikattu and bullock cart races in the name of tradition, which is in flagrant opposition to a ruling by the Hon'ble Supreme Court that banned the use of bulls in such events.
12/01/2016 8:18 AM IST
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Cruel, Unusual And Illegal: Why Goa Should Not Lift The Ban On Bullfighting

India has banned bullfights since 1960 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act because of the discomfort and unnecessary pain and suffering that bull owners mete out to these gentle creatures. However, several politicians and governments have been trying to circumvent the constitution by legalising bullfights. The latest is the Government of Goa, which has formed a house committee to explore the possibility of reversing the ban on bullfights, locally known as "<em>dhirio</em>".
22/12/2015 8:21 AM IST
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Why You Should Follow A Plant-Based Diet

What do Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Ellen DeGeneres and Carl Lewis have in common? All of them eschew meat, eggs, dairy and other animal-derived foods. But plant-based meals aren't just for the famous. Everyone can choose more plant-based options, and in so doing make a conscious choice to take a stand for animals, the environment and their own health. Moreover, plant-based meals can be a treat to your taste buds as well (just try some of the recipes we've collated).
17/11/2015 8:46 AM IST
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(Un)Lucky For Life: The Tragic Plight Of The Indian Roller During Dussehra

In earlier times, people considered it lucky to see the Indian roller on Dussehra and many went out into nearby lands to sight them in the wild. With a consequent decline in the number of Indian rollers in increasingly urbanized landscapes, bird traders and poachers hit upon the cruel idea of capturing them and bringing them to towns and cities to make a quick buck. Blinded by superstitious belief, the public abets acts of cruelty against these birds, unknowingly or otherwise.
16/10/2015 8:11 AM IST