Protecting animals in India cannot wait

A sloth bear is forced to dance, India

73% of Indians think the treatment of animals is a serious challenge in our society, according to new research released today by WSPA. The research was unveiled as we launched our campaign for animal protection in India; and on the day we announced the successful completion of our work to help end bear dancing in India.

The statistics highlight just how strongly people in India believe that animals need protection. 87% of Indians agree that animals have as many rights as people – more than anywhere else in the world.

Speaking at the launch event, WSPA CEO Mike Baker, said: “It is inspiring to see that animals matter to people in India. At WSPA, we know that animals also matter to the planet – protecting them is vital to any successful response to the biggest issues of our time, from disasters and climate change, to stable food supplies and good health. It gives me great pleasure to help launch our campaign for animal protection in India, building on the successes we have already achieved here. The welfare of animals affects us all, and protecting them cannot wait.”

WSPA has protected animals around the globe for more than 30 years and is working in more than 50 countries, creating positive change by exposing cruelty and pioneering sustainable solutions. Solutions like its alternative livelihoods programme , implemented with the Wildlife Trust of India, to help end the cruelty of bear dancing.

WSPA’s role in helping to end the practice of bear dancing was acknowledged today by the Government of India, as it launched a new National Bear Conservation and Welfare Action Plan, also contributed to by WSPA.

Speaking alongside Mike Baker at the WSPA launch, Gajender Sharma, Country Director, WSPA India, said: “As we close our alternative livelihoods programme, WSPA India is launching its campaign for wider animal protection. We will be working in collaboration with government, communities and organisations to improve animals’ lives, from stopping the pain of individual animals caught up in disasters, and supporting dog vaccination as the only effective rabies response, to putting animals at the heart of farming.”

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