People-power for animals in Udaipur

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One of our most momentous events for animals in Udaipur took place on March 25th when we brought together 45 of our most active animal protectors to launch the Monthly Animal Protectors Meeting.

On the surface, the most gratifying work Animal Aid does is the rescues of individual animals and their heart-warming recoveries.

But the bedrock of Animal Aid’s strategy for doing the most we can for the most animals is through bolstering local, Indian participation in animal rescue, cruelty prevention, and the defense of animals’ rights.

Above: Animal Aid Co-Founder Claire Abrams facilitating the Monthly Meeting. Below Left: An Udaipur animal lover writing to local officials to stop cruelty. Below Right: Attendees sharing their distress over a recent abuse case.

After having responded to 25,000 emergency rescue calls over the last 10 years, we are in regular contact with hundreds of local people who want to help animals. School-teachers, housewives, chai-walas, shop-keepers, doctors, lawyers, craftsmen and business owners are among Udaipur’s most faithful street animal protectors.

We are so proud of Udaipur’s animals lovers for recognizing that animals need us to work together.

Animal lovers have been requesting Animal Aid to launch and facilitate a monthly meeting so that they can meet other like-minded people in Udaipur to strategize and tackle animal problems together.

The meetings will include thought-provoking films about issues affecting animals local and beyond, and an open-mic format where anyone can raise problems so that practical action can follow. Animal Aid representatives will try to ensure that every meeting includes reports of previous months accomplishments, and ends with clear plans of action for the following weeks.

In this first meeting, the issues centered largely around the way the municipal governing body in Udaipur continues to mistreat dogs in clear violation of the law. Almost daily 5-10 dogs continue to be rounded up and dumped in the jungle. This is not only a horror to every animal lover but it against the law.

To address the problem the meeting attendees decided to draft letters to the Commissioner in charge of the city dog catchers to voice their protest against the continuation of the practice and demanding it be stopped.

Other issues were anti-dog neighbors who harass dog lovers taking care of dogs on their street, cows and buffaloes tied up 24/7 in dingy sheds in dairies around the city, and donkey laborer owners who tie coarse plastic on the donkeys’ legs to hobble them creating life-long disabilities.

The meeting ending on the beautiful note of many people offering to share their phone numbers with each other to help solve problems for animals.

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