Loving Our Furry Friends

People For Animals, India

Aishwarya Sharma on June 12, 2018 in Animal Welfare

Who doesn't love animals? These big-eyed, furry textured creatures have a never-ending description. I believe it's rightly said, "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." But the point to focus is about their welfare, there are about 410 species of mammals known from India, which is about 8.86% of the world species. But right now, cruelty against stray animals is on the rise in India.

Cruelty to animals in India is a concern which Indians appear not ready to take responsibility for, with attacks on stray animals, especially dogs, becoming part of daily life, not only this there are many needy animals. To eradicate it, and work for their welfare People For Animals is working hard.

People for Animals also known as PFA is India's largest animal welfare organization, a Non-Governmental Organization which works all over India with the help of Animal Lovers with a nationwide network of 26 hospitals, 165 units and 2.5 Lakh members. They work to rescue and rehabilitate sick and needy animals. They set up and run shelters, ambulance services, sterilization programs, treatment camps and disaster rescue missions for animals. They do not get any grants from Government. They are totally dependent on Donation, Sponsorships and In-Kind Donations. They conduct education programs in schools, fight cases in court and lobby on animal issues in parliament. Their aim is to have an animal welfare center in each of the nation's 600 districts.

PFAs objectives and strategy includes creating infrastructure i.e., to upgrade and establish facilities for animal rescue and rehabilitation such as shelters, ambulances, mobile clinics and help lines. After infrastructure they focus on influence policy, act as a pressure group to bring about environmental and animal friendly legislation. Then they ensure about its implementation, by taking direct action through units to protect animals and punish offenders. The fourth objective is to educate and sensitize and they do it by conducting a school contact program, introducing online poke, animal welfare either as a school or extracurricular activity, by producing and promoting media programs on animal related issues, conducting training programs for lawyers, police officers, vets and animal owners, producing books and expert guides on animal care and related issues and by partnering with influential community leaders and opinion makers. After this comes Advancing the Movement, liaising with national and international animal welfare groups, providing support, financial or otherwise to deserving animal welfare initiatives and providing career opportunities in animal welfare. Another objective is to Promote Vegetarianism, they do so by educating on health, environment and economic costs of animal-based choices, source and promoting animal-free alternatives, enrolling celebrity spokespersons to popularize cruelty free choices. And the last one is to Achieve Financial Stability, they diversify fund-raising from event-based strategies to other avenues and forge strategic corporate partnerships.

PFAs plan comprises establishing 600 shelters and provide ambulances, one in every district in India,  ensuring every municipal area has a government funded cow shelter, to extend-animal sacrifice laws to every state, training farmers in organic farming and promote organic produce, regulating the transportation of animals to make it humane, introducing animal alternatives in research labs, introducing animal welfare in school and college curriculum and creating a corpus for financial stability of PFA. Current campaigns are Langurs- Not for Guarding, Say No to Cattle Race! Ban Glass Manja and Anti Leather Campaign. They also promote adoption of an Indian dog. They say DON’T BREED OR BUY WHEN HOMELESS PUPS DIE! According to PFA, if one person in 50 were to give an Indian Dog a home, there would be no strays left in India.

Salute to those who are working religiously for the welfare of animals without any profit. To know more about PFAs work or to join them visit People For Animals right now!

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