Friday, June 10, 2005

Ctrl+Alt+Delete rabies

Rachel Wright took seven years to work out this project; kind of fitting that an animal lover who wants to eradicate rabies should come from a place called Dogsthorpe :)
Rachel (31) has also set herself the ambitious target of ridding the country of rabies and creating an environment where animals are free from suffering.
The charity is being set up in Rajasthan, to provide treatment to animals in remote locations.

Rachel, of Fairchild Way, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, is delighted to finally be fulfilling years of ambition.
She said: "It has been a massive effort to get all this set up. People forget how well looked after animals are in Great Britain – in India they have virtually no vet care whatsoever.
"We are used to taking a sick pet to the vet. However, animals in India have to put up with suffering for their whole lives, and many die because they do not get the treatment they need. This causes rabies to spread across the country and this is something I want to reverse."

Thursday, June 09, 2005

And About Zoos...

I remember this bit in Calvin and Hobbes, when Calvin comes running to Hobbes and says, Mom's taking us to the zoo, will you come? And Hobbes says, sure, but only if we can go to the prison and look at the prisoners there afterwards.

I have mixed feelings about zoos. Any views?

This question was going to come up sooner or later

Behind the scenes at a PETA campaign. I've always found it fascinating how people keep saying that PETA should be more subtle. I've never understood this demand. I mean, how subtle can it be to clobber an animal to death, or to skin it while it's fully conscious? When our society is killing animals for food every day, it's a bit lame to ask those who protest against such killings to be subtle.

I've said this before, and I believe it fully: every strategy counts.
“One of the things you’ll see about PETA activists who’ve been at it for a while,” Lange said, “is that they have no fear.” Thus, Lange has been arrested while dressed as a chimpanzee and as Mother Goose and has marched through Paris with her hair shellacked into a 2-foot spire. Reiman has sledge hammered a sedan while wearing a rabbit costume. Mathews has been hauled to jail while marching naked in Paris, nearly so in Hong Kong and wearing only SpongeBob SquarePants boxers in Harvard Square.

All got results, at least in terms of press coverage. “We’ve learned,” Mathews said, “that two people in their underwear and a banner gets a lot more conversation going about an issue than a thousand people and a march.”

Not surprisingly, such stunts also ignite debate about PETA’s ultimate effectiveness; what grabs headlines, as often as not, are the group’s methods rather than its message. How much “conversation about an issue” actually results is debatable.
'Results' again: always the pressure to deliver 'results'! You know, if I was a fox, I'd be happy if even one person stopped wearing fur as a result of a PETA campaign. J-Lo might not, but other people present at the incident were certainly affected by PETA's screening of the videos:
A couple of guys in Yankees caps stopped. “What they doing to that dog?” one asked. His eyes bugged. “Oh, my God.”

“That can’t be real,” a woman said.

“It is,” an activist replied.

“No,” the woman said. She covered her eyes with her hands.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

How Many Leopards?

Is the leopard count at Mumbai's Sanjay Gandhi National Park really up by 17 from last year, or has there been a miscount? "All these figures should be termed ‘estimations’. No one can accurately count wild animals in a forest," says Bittu Sehgal.

Crows still dying in Mumbai

Why?

Shrinking Space

Elephants are the world's largest vegetarians. They don't attack any animal for food—yet food is at the root of many elephant conflicts.
Read more. It's something we all need to be concerned about.

Too Hot for You? Think of your Dog!

This is something many people don't realise: hot weather is very, very hard for your dog. Please take care!

Real Tigers

In the meantime, The Hindu Magazine does a reality check on the state of the tiger.
The seizure of "wildlife trophies" is being reported from across the country with alarming regularity. On February 1 this year, the Delhi police confiscated 39 leopard skins, two tiger skins, three kilograms of tiger claws and 42 otter skins from a warehouse.

There's also this lesser-known reserve in Maharashtra:
The name "Tadoba" is derived from the Gond King Tharu who ruled over Gondwana, a domain stretching from Telangana to Chattisgarh. His main palace was at the Chanda Fort — now a railway station on the Chennai-New Delhi trunk line. From Chand he would visit his youngest queen at Jamni in the dense Tadoba forests. It was during one such a visit that a tiger killed him.

And what about the lions at Gir?
The Asiatic lion once roamed the forests of Asia Minor, Arabia, Persia and India. It lived in the forests of northern India as far to the east as Bihar and Orissa, with the Narmada river marking the southern limit. By the 1880s, it had become extinct in the rest of India except Gir. The last of the species is still in Gir because it is a compact, unfragmented ecosystem. And, since the time of the Nawab of Junagadh, there have been continuous conservation efforts here. The Nawab was shocked to find that only 12 lions remained in the grassland. In the early 1900s, he declared a ban on lion hunting and ensured their protection.

One Blackbuck, Two Rabbits, and a Tiger in a Mess

'Tiger' Pataudi seems to have been living up to his name. Read all about it. Pataudi and the others haven't appeared before the police yet. On the other hand, in NYC, Russell Crowe is already in handcuffs: for phone rage.