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Know your dogs’ rights: A Case Study on taking on a Resident Welfare Association (RWA) wanting dogs removed – ‘The Pet Parents’ association vs the RWA of North Nirvana Country, Gurgaon [Part I]

Posted on | April 8, 2013 | 11 Comments

This is an interesting case study of a battle that’s playing out even now, as we write this, at an upmarket apartment complex called Nirvana Country, South City-II, Phase-II, at Sectors 49, 50, and 57, Gurgaon, developed and constructed by Unitech Ltd. There are 2 apartment blocks – the Close North, and the Close South.  This is playing out at the Close North.

Notice on pet etiquette by RWA Nirvana Country, South City, Gurgaon

Notice on pet etiquette by RWA Nirvana Country, South City, Gurgaon

This real life account involves an RWA, of course (or the Association of Apartment Owners as it is also known as) & of course it involves dogs : several pet dogs ; and 2 stray dogs that mostly live within the apartment complex. The RWA has been exceeding its mandate, and trying to impose unreasonable restrictions on pet owners, such as, through this ‘Pet Etiquette’ notice that they’d put up, here : Read more

Spread some love for animals in distress: Whom to petition and why in the AWBI & the Ministry of Environment and Forests!

Posted on | March 29, 2013 | 7 Comments

Each time there is an animal cruelty case, petitions or demands of actions are made to the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).  AWBI is a bureaucracy within an bureaucracy (Ministry of Environment and Forests) AND subservient to it – that can’t be a recipe of pro-activeness!  Ms Menaka Gandhi is the next best stop for action – but Ms Gandhi works on a range of issues that are brought to her notice the best she can and surely she can’t be the default for all action. So is the fate of India’s animals hanging in balance on one AWBI or are there more government agencies? There ARE and this is an appeal to rope all the required institutions to get the action that we want for the animals in India. Note: This is not intended to be or to suggest a substitute for legal action, or filing cases, or lodging police complaints where those are necessitated. 

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In the backdrop of news such as this : “Jumbos in distress after circus abandons them” ; and in the backdrop of the daily ‘animal welfare’ grind, where fight against daunting odds for the very basic rights of animals, and for the sort of welfare and well-being that every sentient life form should be able to take for granted, the question that frequently arises is, who in India should we petition for the same.

AWBI: The usual animal cruelty petition suspect

AWBI: The usual animal cruelty petition suspect but is NOT the final word


Who is to be questioned, and who is to be approached, given that animal welfare seems to be a non-issue in the national scheme of things. There are laws, but they seem largely to be on paper. Additionally, the penalties, such as those prescribed under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, are pathetic, and a joke. They are no deterrent at all. In fact, they serve to emphasize that animal welfare is a non-issue, and of little relevance.


Consider the news article, the link to which is posted above. What it says, sadly, is this :

“When the elephants see us, they begin to perform circus tricks. We feel sad seeing them starve and go without care,” said Santhosh K S, a native of Punnapra. “The smell from their dung is unbearable. Authorities concerned should take immediate steps to shift them to a safe place,” he said. Heritage Animal Task Force (HATF), a forum for animal-lovers in the state, approached the state government demanding protection for the elephants.

“From 2010, union forest minister Jairam Ramesh put an end to the display of jumbos at circuses was banned after the elephant was declared a national heritage animal. minister issued this order based on the recommendations of the Mahesh Rengarajan Commission. The commission also had recommended that the union ministry allot Rs 500 crore towards rehabilitation of elephants.

The government was supposed to undertake measures for rehabilitation,” said HATF secretary V K Venkitachalam. “However, the union ministry did not allot a fund. This has resulted in a situation where neither the state government nor the forest department has any idea as to the process of rehabilitating elephants that belong(ed) to circus groups,” he said.

These elephants are clearly suffering badly, because though their display at circuses was stopped, the Union Ministry forgot to allot the recommended Rs. 500 crores for their rehabilitation !!!

In fact, whether a scheme for their rehabilitation was planned out before the Government “made news” with banning the display of jumbos at circuses, is highly doubtful.

The knee-jerk reaction when confronted with issues such as these, or abject abuse, and mindless cruelty that animals are easily subjected to, is to write to the Animal Welfare Board of India. But is the Animal Welfare Board actually empowered, or at least, invested with adequate infrastructure, including man power, and perhaps even the funds required to address various animal welfare issues, and combat the cruelty that is rampant? We think not. Read more

Dilip Bafna’s GUTTER TALK is ARF’s official response to AWBI’s show cause notice!

[caption id="attachment_2895" align="alignleft" width="478"] Dilip Bafna explains the condition of this dog after amputation, and others at ARF Bangalore, as due to 'Mr Rakesh Shukla's mental health'  and continues his personal attack in 10 of 15 pages in the response to AWBI of the show cause service on him. In the picture: Amputation of an accident case - ARF style. No stitches  skin cover, follow up medication. An open festering wound dripping pus and dying flesh. Maybe the dog dies of ...

Sequel to an Auschwitz for dogs: Who let the ARF dogs out?

We've seen 2 parts of the coverage of the ARF shelter at Kengeri (1) the findings of  The Voice of Stray Dogs (VoSD) on location at ARF Kengeri in Jan 2013, and (2) the experience of the people going to shelter in the months preceding Jan 2013. [caption id="attachment_3014" align="alignleft" width="491"] The 'new-improved' ARF spruced up with new metal fences, gates and even the earth outside! A far cry from the Jan 2013 shots and those in the months preceding that. Gone is all ...

Prequel to an Auschwitz for dogs: Animal Rights Fund (ARF) shelter in Kengeri (Bangalore) in the months before The Voice of Stray Dogs (VoSD) investigation

After The Voice of Stray Dogs (VoSD) published the investigative report on ARF a few things happened: AWBI predictably made some noise and issued some notices (AWBI is good at making noise – it has far perhaps far too many pushes and pulls to take any determinate action and perhaps far too ...

AWBI gets the Supreme Court to stay the Karnataka High Court order directing the BBMP to cull strays that are a ‘menace’ or ‘cause nuisance’

The Supreme Court of India on 6 Feb, 2013, stayed the order passed by the Karnataka High Court on the 7th of December, 2012. The Karnataka High Court had directed the BBMP to cull dogs which are a ‘menace’ or ‘cause nuisance’, has been stayed by the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court stay order has been passed a short while ago, in a Special Leave Petition filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India numbered as S.L.P. (C) No. ...

31 Blackbucks killed by 2 stray dogs at Kanpur Zoo on the night of 19 & 20th Jan 2013. Can that be for real: An investigation by Kamna Pandey in Kanpur

[Edit Note: What's it about stray dog hunting down deer in zoo's?  They don't pick on any other small animal or birds in a zoo - and dogs that are not used to hunting and are scavengers are best in the Indian urban environment - turn blood thirsty killers. They who don't just kill to eat but commit mass murder - far greater than their capacity to consume. ...

Know your dogs’ rights: AWBI Identity Cards for street dog feeders & colony caretakers – Their relevance, and how you can get them

It is by now, trite, that the manner of dealing with stray canines, and controlling their population, is set out in the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001. The Rules envisage that community dogs shall be sterilized in the manner, and after following the procedure set out these Rules. Further, that they shall then be vaccinated for protection against rabies; and released back into the very areas that they were picked up from. Release back into the locality that each ...

Auschwitz for dogs: Animal Rights Fund (ARF) dogs need an Auschwitz Relief Foundation (ARF) to save them from certain death

[The title of this report is not meant to hurt the sentiments of anyone wrt to the reference of Auschwitz. The author is a student of modern Jewish history and the Holocaust. The moniker is used to illustrate the plight of those who entered a Nazi concentration camp not from their choice, and not having any escape till death rid them of malnutrition and disease. The clear difference here is that dogs are not put down – so they necessarily have to ...

RTI response on Rabies in India: APCRI lifts data off WHO and condemns the Indian dog, whereas the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) & Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) data is very different

Our usually trusting, usually friendly street dogs are often at the receiving end of horrible abuse and anger, because of the wide-spread (and absurd) belief that they’re easily rabid, and routinely spread rabies. The information being disseminated by organizations believed to be responsible seems to contribute to this erroneous belief. There is a figure doing the rounds – that around 20,000 people die of rabies annually, in India; and this is what is thrown at people who argue for compassion, and compassionate, scientific, lawful handling of ...