ARF Tag

(Edit note: 17 April ’17. This is the unaltered text of the TEDx talk of Rakesh Shukla at TEDx ICT Mumbai 2017. This accompanying video is illustrative. The official TEDx video will be available here when released. There was no teleprompter so the actual spoken word will vary.)   Living with 750, I learnt to fight like a dog to survive A few days ago, I received an invitation to speak at ICT Mumbau. After all, I am the dog-man (I like it much better than the unoriginal and punnyRead More
In 3 preceding articles we saw the State of affairs at the ARF Shelter in Kengeri in Jan 2013 which had 60-90 animals without adequate food, sanitation and most importantly in criminal medical neglect [Auschwitz for dogs: Animal Rights Fund (ARF) dogs need an Auschwitz Relief Foundation (ARF) to save them from certain death] State of affairs at the ARF Kengeri Shelter in the months preceding the expose which showed bodied of dead dogs littering the ARF shelter amplifying the state of apathy the dogs live in [Prequel to anRead More
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. In this article we see the sweeping changes ARF makes at the shelter to ‘clean up the act’ in preparation of the impending AWBI visit. Visitors allege that ARF is literally cleaning up the place: of the filth and of the dogs by dumping dogs toRead More
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 many people which think it toothless in contrast to the Constitutional sanctity it has) ARF went to town about how VoSD publication was motivated (that should not be a surprise) A large very vocal ‘vegan’ community almost beatRead More
[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 go down through medical neglect, disease and malnutrition. By wayRead More
For this dog both the Municipal Corp & the AWO are cuss/**** words Dogs that undergo the ‘Animal Birth Control’ (ABC, spay and neuter) procedure as per the ABC (Dog Rules, 2001) were initially required by the Bangalore Municipal Corporation (BBMP) to have their ear clipped so they could be spotted. Then BBMP mandated that the Animal Welfare Organization (AWOs) clip both ears deeply so if the dog was ‘sleeping on one side’ it could still be clearly seen. Then they mandated that nylon chords/ tie be put around the neckRead More
There have been repeated complaints from residents of the ARF’s Mahadevpura zone (see story on wards in this zone and other details) that stray dogs have been picked up for ABC and have not returned. These complaints are lodged in the complaint register. The people in charge of the camps are perplexed since they did not pick up dogs from the said areas and they do not have a record of the dogs being brought in for ABC of the said description(s) from the said area(s) on any dates nearby. TheRead More
The Voice of Stray Dogs visited the Action for Animal Rights (ARF) K R Puram ABC Center on 22nd August 2011. ARF is run by Dilip Bafna. The center catches and spays/neuters dogs in 12 wards in Bangalore. These are wards 25, 26, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 81, 82, 85 & 87. This visit was un-announced so no officials at the center, ARF management or BBMP knew of our arrival. The intention of the visit was to see one-day-in-the-life of an ARF ABC Center (earlier we’ve visited AWSRead More