Founder of world’s largest organisation for the handicapped visits Animal Aid

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The world’s largest organization for the handicapped is Jaipur Foot, which has provided more than a million artificial limbs to people with amputated legs and arms around the world—custom-made, state-of-the-art and free of charge–since it was established in the 1970s.

Jaipur Foot’s founder and chief patron is Mr. D.R. Mehta, and this extraordinary visionary recently visited Animal Aid for the fourth time. Whenever Mr Mehta comes, his eyes glisten with tears of happiness at the beautiful lives we provide to disabled animals.

He often quotes a 2500 year old Jain scripture that he lives by: In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self. All breathing, existing, living sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused nor tormented, nor driven away.”

Mr Mehta said in an essay included in the book “Heart at Work” by Animal Aid friend and supporter Jacqueline Miller (with Heidi Alber) “I think, I am a blessed man as I have this greatest opportunity of being with the most indigent disabled, who become whole again….The reward is their unalloyed blessings emanating from the core of their hearts.”

He received what we think are Stacey’s “unalloyed blessings” earlier this month, when she insisted that he touch and cuddle her. This was the first time he had ever touched a pig. Mr Mehta has a great deal to teach the world about compassion, and Stacey was another lucky recipient. He regarded her as he does everyone—with respect, focus, and tender desire to help.


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