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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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.
A cruelty-free world for animals: This is the proverbial pole star that guides the course of Humane Society International/India. While there is a lot to do and achieve for animals in the coming year, here's a small glimpse of how we made a difference in 2015!
28/12/2015 8:16 AM IST
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
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
Like Us On Facebook | Follow Us On Twitter | Photo Credit: HSI/India Those who speak for the welfare of animals are often
26/10/2015 1:50 PM IST
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
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.
28/09/2015 8:24 AM IST
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.
04/09/2015 8:08 AM IST
ABC-AR has emerged as the most logical mean of managing street dog populations and curbing the spread of rabies. Despite its success, few municipalities in India are aware of the potential to manage street dog populations more humanely and effectively. A successful ABC-AR program requires adequate funding and investment in the training of veterinary personnel.
07/08/2015 8:08 AM IST
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.
29/07/2015 2:50 PM IST
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.
06/07/2015 8:19 AM IST
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.
01/06/2015 8:09 AM IST
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