The Following is a List of Some of the Animal Welfare Organizations in India:-
- Animal Welfare Board of India:
The ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’/’AWBI’, established in the year 1960, under Section 4 of the ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act-1960’, is a statutory advisory body, formed for advising the Government of India, on animal welfare laws.
The ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’, originally formed under the Ministry of Food & Agriculture was brought under the Ministry of Environment & Forests in the year 1990.
The ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’ has been working to promote animal welfare and to ensure that animal welfare laws in India are followed.
The ‘AWBI’, empowered to suggest changes to ‘laws and rules about animal welfare issues’ had published a new draft- ‘Animal Welfare Act’ in the year 2011.
The ‘AWBI’, authorized to grant recognition to animal welfare organizations in India, is also empowered to offer guidance to organizations and police, in interpretation and application of the rules and laws related to ‘animal welfare’ in India.
The ‘AWBI’ has also been providing to the animal welfare organizations in India, various types of grants to including: ‘Regular Grant’, ‘Cattle Rescue Grant’, ‘Provision of ‘Shelter House’ for looking after the Animals’, ‘Animal Birth Control (ABC) Programme’, ‘Provision of Ambulance for the animals in distress’ and ‘Natural Calamity grant’.
As recommended by the ‘AWBI’, which has been concerned about the abuse of animals in research, the Government of India formed a ‘Committee for the for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals’/CPCSEA.
Consequently, in the year 2001, the Government of India passed ‘Rules’ covering the ‘breeding and experimentation’ on animals.
The ‘AWBI’ was concerned about the ‘cruelty to animals used in entertainment’ and published a booklet, ‘Circuses –Amusement for the Un civilised’ in the year 1964.
In the year 2001 the ‘AWBI’ passed the ‘Performing Animals Rules’, which were amended in the years 2005 and 2012.
2. ‘National Institute of Animal Welfare’/ ‘NIAW’:‘National Institute of Animal Welfare’/NIAW is a division of the Indian ‘Ministry of Environment and Forests’, established in the year 1999, is located in 8 acres of land in Ballabgarh of Haryana State.
‘National Institute of Animal Welfare’ /NIAW has been entrusted, by the ‘Ministry of Environment and Forests’ , with the task of implementing the education and training programmes at the ‘NIAW’ to ‘Educational Consultants India Limited’/ ‘ECII’.
‘NIAW’ has been an apex body in the animal welfare field with a mandate covering the need to improve animal welfare through research, education and public outreach.
‘NIAW’ has the objective to create an enabling environment for fulfilling the statutory requirements as laid down in the ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act-1960’.
‘NIAW’ has been providing training and education on various subjects related to animal welfare, including animal management, behavior and ethics.
NON -GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS (NGO’s):
1.’Blue Cross of India’ /’BCI'(Chennai):
The ‘Blue Cross of India (Chennai), one of the largest animal welfare organizations in India, was founded in the year 1959 & registered as a society in the year 1964 and recognized by the ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’ /’AWBI’ in the year 1966.
The ‘Blue Cross of India (Chennai) / BCI (Chennai), founded by Captain V. Sundaram, a member of the ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’, with the ‘Motto’ : “Animals- It is their World Too”, has been conducting various animal welfare programs, including the following:
- Animals Rights Awareness Program,
- Medical Waste Disposal,
- Shelters for Animals,
- Re-homing of Pet Animals,
- Adoption of Pet Animals,
- Animal Birth Control /ABC,
- Veterinary Hospitals- Aviary clinic,
- Mobile Veterinary Dispensary,
- Works along with other NGO’s,
- Veterinary Ambulance Services.
For the purpose of controlling and eradicating human deaths, due to dog-bites and rabies, the ‘BCI’ (Chennai) has been suggesting to the ‘Chennai Corporation’ and has been implementing an alternate method, called ‘Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies Program’ / ABC-AR Program, instead of the method of ‘Catching and Killing’ of the stray dogs on the streets of Chennai, since the year 1964.
As per the alternative method suggested and followed by the ‘BCI’ (Chennai), instead of catching and killing the stray dogs, they will be caught and ‘neutered’ and will be administered with ‘anti rabies vaccination’ and will be left free back in the original places, from where they are caught.
In the year 1994, the ‘Blue Cross of India (Chennai) received, 4 acres of land and Rs 25 Lakhs, as gift & donation.
From the year 1995, the BCI (Chennai) had carried out the ‘Animal Birth Control’ &Anti Rabies /ABC-AR Program on behalf of the Chennai City Corporation and successfully reduced human deaths due to dog-bites & rabies, between 1996 and 2007.
The ‘ABC-AR’ program of the BCI (Chennai) was implemented successfully in other districts of Tamil Nadu also.
In the year 2013, the ‘Blue Cross of India’/BCI along with a student’s group known as ‘spaaak’, opened an ‘aviary clinic’, the first aviary clinic in Chennai City to treat ailing birds, with an investment of Rs 8 Lakhs, collected by means of donations.
It is notable that in May 2013, the Government of the Republic of Mauritius, sought the assistance of BCI to introduce ‘ABC-AR’ -Program in Mauritius for controlling human deaths due to dog bites / rabies.
2. The Blue Cross of Hyderabad:The ‘Blue Cross of Hyderabad’ was founded in the year 1992 & registered as a society in the year 1993 and recognized by the ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’/ AWBI.
The Blue Cross of Hyderabad was founded by Telugu Actor Mr. Akkineni Nagarjuna and Tamil Actress Mrs.Amala Akkineni, focusing on ‘Animal veterinary treatment’, ‘re-homing and rehabilitation’ of animals in the State of Telengana.
The Blue Cross of Hyderabad has been running a two-acre animal shelter, with 9 projects for the welfare of animals, with a total of 650 animals of various species.
3. ‘The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre ‘/ ‘WRRC’:
The ‘Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre’/’WRRC’ was set up by the trustees of the ‘Compassion Unlimited Plus Action’/ ‘CUPA’ to provide relief to wild animals, birds and reptiles, including medical treatment and housing and to handle cases of cruelty to wild animals, which are injured, abused and illegally traded.
The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre / WRRC was registered in the year 1999 as a ‘Public Charitable Trust’, for the conservation and welfare of wildlife in urban and rural areas around Bangalore in Karnataka State.
The ‘WRRC’ has been undertaking the following activities related to wild animals in India:
- Wildlife rescue
- Prevention of cruelty
- Humane education
- Campaigns and legal battles
- Research and surveys on captive elephants.
4. ‘People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’- India /‘PETA’-India:
”People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’- India’/‘PETA’-India was founded in the year 2000, under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, with the simple principle that ‘animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment’.
‘PETA’-India has been saving the lives and improving the quality of life of many animals in India, through investigative and legislative work, public education, animal rescues, eye-catching demonstrations, celebrity involvement and outreach with their youth division- ‘PETA Youth’.
Many Indian celebrities / Bollywood Stars/ Sports Persons, have been working for and along with ‘PETA-India’, including the following persons:
Shilpa Shetty, Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Hema Malini,
Jackie Shroff, Anil Kumble, R Madhavan, Shahid Kapoor,
Shatrughan Sinha, Alia Bhat,Pankaj Advani and Sushil Kumar.
5. Animal Aid Unlimited / Street Animal Rescue in India:
‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ is a ‘Rescue Centre’, ‘a Hospital’ and a ‘Sanctuary’, founded in the year 2002 with a ‘Mission’ to rescue and treat and keep in sanctuary, the ill or injured, un-owned street animals of Udaipur, Rajasthan.
The ultimate goal of ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ is equality, protection and life in freedom of all animals and a complete end to the use and abuse of animals, such as: dog, donkey, cow, pig, fish and mouse.
‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ has so far rescued, treated and kept in sanctuary, about 45,000 injured / ill dogs, cows, donkeys, birds and cats,with the help and cooperation of the residents of Udaipur who would call to the ‘Helpline’ Number of the ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ and report about the suffering animals and birds etc.
6.’Buddha Society for Animal Welfare’ Trust /’BSAW’ Trust:
‘Buddha Society for Animal Welfare’ Trust / BSAW Trust, established by ‘Shiksha Rattan’ Dr.S.P.Sharama to provide veterinary medical service, for the less privileged animals which are deprived of minimum essential veterinary medical aid.
‘Buddha Society for Animal Welfare’/ BSAW Trust has been providing to animals all the essential veterinary medical care, including, medication, vaccinations, surgery, spaying or neutering and general treatment necessary to restore the animal to have a comfortable life.
The ‘Buddha Society for Animal Welfare’/ BSAW Trust, has been imparting training and teaching to passionate persons, to provide veterinary care to the animals in the remote places of India.
The ‘Buddha Society for Animal Welfare’/ BSAW Trust has been receiving donations from different groups, agencies, organizations to run its free services and free treatment camps for animals and for education projects related to animal welfare throughout India.
The ‘Buddha Society for Animal Welfare’/ BSAW Trust has developed ‘Educational Programs’ on ‘Animal Welfare’ in Schools, Corporates and other civic organizations for educating youth on the responsibility of owning pet animals and birds and on the need to preserve wildlife.
7. ‘Group Of Animal Lovers’ / ‘GOAL’ Foundation / ‘Group of Animal Lovers’ – Gujarat province:
‘Group of Animal Lovers’/ ‘GOAL’ was founded by a group of 4 young college friends (Mr. Bhavik Shah, Mr. Pulkit Panchal, Ms. Khyati Shah and Mr. Vishal Modi), with similar thoughts and feelings with desires to do something to make a difference in the society for the betterment of animals and birds.
According to the founders of the ‘Group of Animal Lovers’/ ‘GOAL’, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, during the ‘Uttarayan’ Festivals’-celebrations, with the ‘International Kite Festival’, thousands of birds including: pigeons, vultures, peacocks, kites, egrets, parakeets and many migratory birds like flamingo and pelican get cut by the sharp threads flying thousands of kites, and bleed to death / become handicapped due to the wounds.
The ‘Group of Animal Lovers’ /’GOAL’ has opened a ‘Pet Clinic’ near Vastrapur, for medical treatments for reducing pain of all pet animals and birds, including ownerless pets.
8. ‘Help In Suffering’/ ‘HIS’:
‘Help In Suffering’/ ‘HIS’ is a registered Charitable Trust, founded in the year 1980, on a 2 acres of land in South Jaipur, for working for the benefit of animals in India.
‘Help In Suffering’/ ‘HIS’ works on 6 different animal welfare projects with 35 staff members and 3 rescue ambulances and 2 mobile clinics.
‘Help In Suffering’/ ‘HIS’ has provided refuge shelter and veterinary hospital for many animals, inside its peaceful and garden-like grounds inside its compounds and works for ‘re-homing’ of un owned / disowned animals.
‘Help In Suffering’/ ‘HIS’ has built a new specialised ‘Camel Rescue Centre’ at Bassi Village on Agra Road to serve draught camels.
9. ‘Let’s Live Together’:
‘Let’s Live Together’-is an animal welfare organization especially for dogs, founded by Ms.Achala Paani, an animal welfare activist since 2005.
Ms.Achala Paani’ has been looking after the welfare of homeless animals in Bangalore with love and compassion for animals.
The project- ‘Life on the Street’ of ‘Let’s Live Together’ has been encouraging people who are interested in buying puppies for keeping as pet-dogs to adopt the homeless puppies and keep them as pets.
‘Let’s Live Together’ has been helpful in motivating and assisting more than 1000 adoptions of homeless puppies and helping to reduce the stay dogs on the streets of Bangalore.
10. ‘Wildlife SOS’-India:
Wildlife SOS – India was established in the year 1995, by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth.
‘Wildlife SOS’ has been actively working for: protecting wildlife in India, conserving habitats and studying bio diversity by conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for communities dependent on wildlife for sustenance.
Obviously, the wildlife in India is under severe threat as, most of the wild animals, including elephants, tigers and bears have been hunted /captured & kept in cages for circuses, zoos, etc.
‘Wildlife SOS’ is having the objective to save and preserve wildlife in India.
The active office bearers of ‘Wildlife SOS’ has been successful in eradicating the abusive practice of ‘dancing’ bears in India completely.
‘Wildlife SOS’ has been: initiating action against animal cruelty, rescuing wildlife in distress, working to resolve man-animal conflicts while promoting and educating the public about the need for habitat protection.
11. ‘Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organization’ / ‘FIAPO’:
‘Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations’ / ‘FIAPO’, established on 25th November 2010 in New Delhi, has been registered under the ‘Indian Trust Act 1882’.
‘Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations’ /FIAPO is a collective of animal protection organizations in India to help, represent, connect up, and inform animal protection organizations and activists across India and to campaign on ongoing projects and to make research on rights of animals.
‘Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations’ /FIAPO has been promoting the following 5 basic freedoms specifically for animals:and generally for all living beings:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst: by Providing access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
- Freedom from Discomfort: by providing an appropriate shelter and resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease: by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.