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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.
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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.
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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 "dhirio".
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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).
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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.
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The Poisonous Politics Of Pesticides

Obsolete animal tests like the Draize are still a legal requirement in some product sectors in India, such as pesticides. From weed killers and rat poison to insect repellant and cleansers that claim to "kill germs", pesticides are among the most heavily animal-tested products in existence. Indian regulations sometimes require dozens of different animal-poisoning tests to assess the safety of a single new pesticide to market.
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A Fight To The Finish: The Case Against Animals For Entertainment

Animal fights for entertainment are a result of an indulgence in bloodlust by human beings who exploit this 'animalistic' instinct towards violence (or is it survival?) through fear, coercion and inordinate torture. Animals who are selected to fight are often left without food, water or shelter and are usually subjected to physical violence during the training period to incite aggressive behaviour.
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Animal Slaughter Ban At Gadhimai: What We Must Do Next

There is so much to be disheartened about in the animal activism space. Every day we see pictures of animal cruelty and it pains many of us so very deeply. In fact, in the lead up to Gadhimai last year, I spent many sleepless nights thinking about the torture that was awaiting the animals. Days like today are rare and definitely must be celebrated. More importantly they signal to us that nothing is impossible if all stakeholders come together and make a concerted effort.
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How We Stopped The Massacre Of Animals At Gadhimai

The bloody trail of the world's largest animal sacrifice in Nepal goes back almost 300 years when an imprisoned villager named Bhagwan Choudhary struck a bargain with the local deity Gadhimai, offering her a sacrifice of five animals for his freedom. This grew into a month-long carnage ("festival") that occurred at an interval of five years, resulting in the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of animals. But now, the temple bells that toll in praise of the deity will no longer sound the death knell for animals.
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The Link Between Animal Cruelty And Human Violence

Immanuel Kant philosophised centuries ago, "He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Today, science has provided substantial evidence supporting Kant's perspective. Human beings who indulge in animal abuse, especially sadistic animal abuse, are likely to have a substantial tendency for violence towards fellow human beings.
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How New Method Of Contraception Could Prevent Human-Elephant Conflict

Human-elephant conflict may only be mitigated through population management. In India, elephant populations are managed through translocation and capture of wild elephants for captivity. While some translocated elephants return to the site of conflict, others may cause trouble in their new locations. Capturing elephants for captivity is a contentious issue as it may involve cruel methods like confinement, starvation and the use of brutal force. In South Africa, a novel approach called immunocontraception has been successfully used to manage populations of wild elephants.