We are delighted to announce that the Winsome Constance Kindness Award for 2020 has been conferred on one of our founders Dr. S. Chinny Krishna.
Previous recipients of this award given by the Kindness Trust of Australia include world renowned Dr. Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough and some of the leading animal welfare activists Dr. Jill Robinson of Animals Asia Foundation, Mrs. Maneka Gandhi (Member of Parliament – India) and Dr. Christine Townend (Australia). Other recipients include marine life conservationist Captain Paul Watson, Prof. Reverend Dr. Andrew Linzey of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (UK), Mr. Damien Mander of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (Zimbabwe).
Mr. Philip Wollen of the Kindness Trust conveying the news said: “We are delighted to advice that, in recognition of your sterling efforts to protect non-human animals, we have chosen you to receive the award for 2020”
Responding, Dr. Krishna said “To be considered in the league of legends like Dr.Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough is deeply humbling”.
The cash component of this award of 20,000 AU Dollars is being donated by Dr. Krishna to the Blue Cross of India which he co-founded in 1964. “The Blue Cross of India gave me a platform to be able to do my bit for the animals we all care about. While the conception of the Animal Birth Control programme was relatively simple, implementing it and proving the concept could not have been done without the support of an organisation like the Blue Cross of India. It is, therefore, only right that the money goes to the organisation”.
The Kindness Trust is headed by Philip Wollen and his wife Trix. They support over 550 projects in 40 countries. Philip’s talks on plant-based diets has been viewed by millions around the world. He is one of the major funders of The Sea Shepherd Society with several million dollars in grants and is one of the world’s leading humanitarians.
The Blue Cross of India and Co Founder Dr Chinny Krishna are recognised globally as the first to introduce the catch/neuter/return ‘Animal Birth Control’ program for street dogs which features as a watershed event in world environmental history (http://environmentalhistory.
org/20th-century/cold-war- 1950-59/). The ABC program has gained worldwide acceptance as the most humane way of managing stray dog population by many countries and world bodies such as the WHO.