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Worldwide Movement against Animal Abuse

LAUNCHED SIMULTANEOUSLY IN OVER 80 CITIES WORLDWIDE ON 18th September 2016 & 02nd October 2016.

Thousands of citizens from across the globe are coming together under a single banner of India Unites For Animals (IUFA) –a citizens' initiative, the largest ever animal rights movement in the world to demand passing of a new Animal Welfare Bill to replace old archaic animal welfare laws in India.

Activists are gathering for peaceful protests simultaneously in over eighty cities across nine countries and five continents. In addition to India, cities in the US, UK, Sweden, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Nepal are a part of this movement.

Sambit Bhaduri, coordinator for Christchurch said, “Cities outside of India opposing atrocities to animals in India have a great impact in getting the message across, in that, we want India to realize that people in other countries are aware of and don’t appreciate the cruelty being done to animals in India. We demand that new laws be passed with stricter punishments and heavier fines that deter people from abusing animals.”

In India, the animal protection and welfare laws were passed in 1960 and are still in practice. These laws are inadequate and outdated. There is no punishment for killing an animal, for example, and perpetrators can get away with an NZ $1 fine. Therefore, cruelty cases are on the rise with cases such as acid attack, burning of animals, throwing them off rooftops, beating to death, are a norm.

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The current laws allow animal abuse on an industrial level. They import endangered species animals in its zoos, are opening the largest animal testing laboratories in Asia, culling wildlife, etc. This needs to stop and will only happen if new laws were enacted and enforced.

One part of the launch of this movement has taken place on September 18th, 2016 which was a great success with thousands of animal lovers and activists congregated together to voice the plight of the animals in India. Hundreds of national and regional publications covered the event. Several Bollywood celebrities have supported the cause. We also received tremendous support from Indian government officials and dignitaries. Pictures of some of the events are attached here.

October 2nd, Gandhi’s Birthday and International Non-Violence day, will see the launch of movement in many cities including Christchurch and Auckland in New Zealand. Christchurch event takes place at ReStart Mall, Cashel Street from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm

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