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Update on the Tsunami relief work


With the help of Mr. G. Dhanapalan, Secretary of the Nagaipattinam SPCA, the fodder and grass distribution to the cattle in the relief camps and elsewhere was carried on as required till the end of February. If found necessary, fodder and grass will be arranged for whenever required. The Animal Husbandry Department has been providing this free of cost – it costs us about Rs.1,700 for the labour to form the hay and grass into bundles and for the tractor/lorry hire charges for a day.


The dogs picked up following the tsunami have been retained in our shelters. They are not kept in kennels, but run around freely in open. We are over-crowded, but this is inevitable. Three of the animals which had litters in the month of January are doing well – the first batch of pups have been rehomed when they were six to seven weeks old.


An additional cattery to hold about 30 kittens and a few adults is almost complete at our Guindy center. A few improvements at the center are also being made to facilitate cleaning and we are planning to put up a waste water treatment plant so that much of the water can be re-used for the kennel cleaning. At present, we are purchasing water in tankers to make up for the shortfall since we do not get enough supply from our wells.


WSPA have committed funds for a two-year project for a mobile clinic service in and around Nagaipattinam. An Animal Birth Control – Anti Rabies programme (ABC-AR) is being planned with this and we hope to inaugurate this by April 15 – Tamil New Years Day. We are hoping to set up a similar programme at Cuddalore.


Dr. Vishnu Sneller of the Centre for Disease Control in the US has also promised help by way of volunteers etc for Nagapattinam’s ABC programme.


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Olive Ridley turtle rescued and rehabilitated


On Friday February 25, we received a call from the Police Control Room that a “large tortoise” was in the area of the Marina swimming pool on the beach. Our ambulance rushed to the spot and picked up an olive ridley with some head injuries. After treatment at our Guindy center, this was taken by us to the Forest Department’s Zoo at Vandalur. The Zoo checked its injuries and, after treatment, asked us to release it back in the sea since they could not keep it.


On Saturday, along with a person from the Forest Department, the olive ridley was taken to the sea at Marina. Accompanied by the Police, the turtle was taken in a catamaran and gently released in the sea a few hundred feet from the shore.


On Sunday Feb 27, we received a call from the Forest Department asking for our ambulance to rescue a turtle which was sigted near the light house at Santhome. We picked up the animal and found it was the same olive ridley.


We brought her back to our shelter at Guindy and Dr. Priya Govind rushed over. She felt that the turtle was not in any danger but asked us to keep her in a large tank for observation. The tank was filled with sea water and Ms. Ridley stayed with us till Tuesday. Mr. Romulus Whitaker – the snake man – visited her and felt we should release her back as soon as possible. After Priya Govind concurred, the turtle was taken in our ambulance. The help of the Coast Guard was requested and they readily agreed to take her into the sea and release her. On Tuesday afternoon, the olive ridley was taken to the Chennai Port in our ambulance, loaded onto a large trolley and taken on board Coast Guard Vessel 069. The vessel was taken about three kilometers into the sea and the turtle released with Dr. Priya Govind watching. After being satisfied that the olive ridley was safe, the vessel returned.


Sri Lanka Dog Programme


Several vets from India who volunteered their services to go to Sri Lanka to help the Sri Lanka People Animal Coalition led by Robert Blumberg visited Sri Lanka for two weeks each in January and February. The funds for this were made available by Animal People and costs were kept to a minimum thabks to the help of Jet Airways who gave us three tickets free of charge and Sahara Airways who gave a 50% concession for tsunami relief volunteers.


Sherry Grant of HIS was in charge of the operations at Arugum Bay and at the relief camps far south of Colombo. With the help of dog catchers from Yudisthra Street Dog Foundation, Bali and vets and vet nurses from India, Thailand, Bali, the USA and other countries, hundreds of dogs have been sterilized and over 12,000 dogs have been vaccinated against rabies in less than two months. Unfounded fears of a rabies outbreak following the tsunami led to moves to slaughter these dogs and it was only the timely efforts of the Coalition and HIS and other groups that stopped it by undertaking this massive exercise.


The vets from India benefited greatly from this, too. Since same-day spay and release was being done, the vets were able to see for themselves that this could indeed be done provided necessary care was taken to maintain aseptic conditions during the operations and care taken to suture the incisions properly.


Vets from the Blue Cross, Vishaka SPCA, CUPA and Animal Aid Unlimited participated.

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End to elephant cruelty: Circuses charged for keeping animals in inhuman condition

No more elephants kicking footballs or standing on two legs in circuses across the country as the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) has cancelled registration of seven such operators for keeping the animal in 'inhuman' condition.
So far, MoEFCC has deregistered 21 of 22 registered circuses in India under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, banning the training, exhibition and use of elephants for performances.

Even the sole registered circus is being evaluated. The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) - the Central government body responsible for oversight of zoos and captive wildlife animals-found 'gross violations' of the Zoo Rules, 2009 and the guidelines issued by CZA, following which it has cancelled registration of seven circus operators under section 38H(6) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

These operators are Empire Circus, Great Golden Circus, Ajanta Circus, Great Apollo Circus, Kohinoor Circus, Natraj Circus and Raj Kamal Circus. Earlier this year, five other circuses were also de-registered. The evaluation team of CZA found substantial evidence of cruelty and abuse against the elephants.


The evaluation was done along with animal rights NGOs and veterinarians. According to the CZA, circuses cannot make animals perform without having proper facilities as prescribed under the Recognition of Zoo Rules, 2009.

This includes proper housing with adequate space, waste management, no display of sick animals, ensuring the animals are not stressed, and given proper medical care. But all the circuses evaluated were found violating the norms.

CZA's member secretary DN Singh confirmed to Mail Today, "Based on a series of investigations, deregistration process was carried out. The investigations show that the animals were being maintained in circuses in cruel conditions and were tortured to extract performances.

Some of the circus owners even submitted morphed photographs to us in a bid to claim that animals were kept well," said Singh, adding that CZA has adopted a virtually fullproof method to shut down circuses based on solid evidence such as videos and has also directed the chief wildlife wardens of states to rehabilitate the elephants from derecognised circuses.

"We along with CZA went to all the circus to check the status of wild animals and found that they were in deplorable condition. The elephants could hardly move because of injuries and pain. They are chained and even banned pointed metal sticks were used to train animals by hurting them," said Prashanth V Achariya, campaign manager, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO). FIAPO has been running 'end to circus suffering' campaign against torture of animals in circus.
"Our finding revealed that the elephants were suffering from infectious diseases, permanent physical and mental disorders, he said.

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Drunk Delhi resident saws puppy's leg

They call him a "monster". A day after Mail Today reported about Dwarka resident Pramod sawing off a puppy's legs , fellow tea sellers in the area recounted how he caught pigeons in the past and then roasted and ate them.

Neighbours were wary of the 34-year-old because of his violent and cruel behaviour towards animals as well as his wife and six children. "Usually in the afternoon, Pramod would come to the park and catch pigeons. Later in the evening, he would roast them and have them with a few drinks," said Sanjay, a 35-year-old tea vendor.

An animal rights activist had told Mail Today that according to Pramod's wife, he had brought home a monkey a few months ago and then chopped it up.


The accused admitted to this reporter that he had severed the puppy's legs. "I chopped off the legs of the dog because I was drunk. I had beaten my wife that day because she was trying to protect it," he said casually. "Please forgive me." He also confessed that he has been booked in another case after a relative alleged that he had stolen some clothes and utensils from his house in Dwarka. But Pramod is out on bail.

When asked how he planned to provide for his six children, Pramod blamed his wife for never stopping him in the name of family planning. While the couple's eldest child is nine years old, the youngest is six months old. Sources say Pramod earns Rs 400-500 per day and consumes alcohol daily with the help of some ex-colleagues. He earlier worked as a bus conductor but was dismissed because of violent behaviour.

Then, he took up a job as a labourer, but was forced to leave again for the same reason. He is unemployed right now but sometimes helps his wife at their tea stall inside their rented house. The couple's nine-year-old daughter told Mail Today that every time she wants to play, her father forces her to work and wash utensils.

"If I don't, he threatens to kill me," Nandini said. "When my brother and I asked my father that what had happened to the legs of the puppy, he told us that it was run over by a car." A fresh complaint was given to the station house officer at the local police station asking cops to file an FIR under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and perhaps also under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code.

Mail Today has a copy of the complaint filed on Wednesday by animal rights activist Gaurav Sharma and the FIR was finally registered at night. "We will take action against the accused," said Surendra Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (south-west).

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