Monday, February 19, 2007

Member of Indian Parliament Exposes that Pune, India is “a Living Hell for Animals”

Very sad. Most people ignorantly assume that animal rights is active in India. That is a complete untruth. Unfortunately, animal cruelty and abuse is as alive in India as it is in all parts of the world.


'Pune is a living hell for animals'

Express News Service

Pune, February 18: Animal rights activist and Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi on Sunday slammed Pune as a 'living hell' for animals. However in the same breath she lauded the efforts of city-based organisations like Indian Herpetological Society (IHF) and Blue Cross Society, besides the individual efforts of Lila Parulekar for the welfare of animals.

"There were organsiations like the IHF and Blue Cross who were doing commendable work to prevent cruelty to animals.

But social organisations like the Jain Shwetamber Murtipujak Yuval Mahasangh should help them financially," she said after expressing distress on the manner in which the Pune municipal administration poisoned stray animals.

Gandhi was speaking at an awards function organised by the Shri Jain Shwetambar Murtypooja Yuvak Mahasangh at the Oswal Bandhu Samaj Karyalaya.

"It is high time the Jain organisations go beyond running 'goshalas' (cow shelters) and donating funds for temple building. They should help animal rights activists and organisations and stop investing in companies trading sea food or promoting animal slaughter," she said.

She urged citizens to form vigilance committees to stop the illegal trade of animals in urban India. "It is the animal trade that is causing the hunting and slaughter of animals in the jungles," she added.

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