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Maneka Gandhi

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Petitioning Dr. Sonali Ghosh, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Shri Narender Modi, Arvind Kejriwal, Maneka Gandhi, Dr. O​.​P. Chaudhary

Help free Shankar from decades of solitary confinement in the Delhi Zoo

Who is Shankar? In 1998, a 26 month-old male African elephant was presented as a diplomatic gift by Zimbabwe to India. He was named 'Shankar' after India’s 9th President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. Shankar, now over 24 years old, has lived his entire life in the Delhi zoo (National Zoological Park, NZP). Since 2005 when his sole companion Bombai passed away, Shankar has lived in solitary confinement.  Shankar's Physical and Mental Condition Shankar is chained for 17 hours of the day and does not have adequate space to move around when he is let out. Much like humans, elephants are social beings and suffer neurological distress when put in solitary confinement. Shankar constantly demonstrates stereotypical behaviour like swaying and head-bobbing, a key sign of distress (see video link). In fact, Shankar's aggressive behaviour has necessitated the zoo authorities to permanently close the viewing pathway since he could be a danger to visitors. In a response to our RTI in July 2021, the Delhi Zoo confirmed that not only has it made NO effort in the past, it has NO FUTURE PLANS to release Shankar to a sanctuary or any other location where he can have the companionship of other African elephants. This just fills us with sadness and despair for Shankar who is clearly in duress. If Shankar’s solitary captivity does not end immediately, he will meet the same fate as Bombai who died in the zoo. Our Demand We need the Delhi Zoo (NZP) to transfer Shankar to be released to a wildlife refuge or sanctuary where there are ample African elephants. The NZP director Dr. Sonali Ghosh has a unique opportunity to set an example to every other zoo in India and to the world so that not only Shankar but all other captive elephants can have a better future. (Please see the link to the detailed letter sent by us to the Delhi Zoo)   We really hope you will join hands with us to help Shankar earn his freedom and have a chance to live a normal elephant life with his own kind. Please sign our petition and share it widely. Thanks and regards Nikita Dhawan and Nandika Karunakaram (On Behalf of Youth For Animals) Reach us via- Website II Email  Follow us on social media to help amplify our voice Twitter II Facebook II Instagram II Linkedin II YouTube Hashtags for our campaign Main- #FreeShankarDelhiZoo Others- #FreeShankar #ShankarforSanctuary #Shankar #HaathiMereSaathi

Nikita Nandika - YFA
23,165 supporters
Petitioning Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Law and Justice, Prime Minister of India, Maneka Gandhi

#JusticeForBuddy: मासूम पिल्ले के साथ बर्बरता की हदें पार करने वालों के खिलाफ़ कार्रवाई हो

बडी। एक छोटा सा, मासूम कुत्ते का पिल्ला, जिसको आए दिन बुरी तरह मारा-पीटा जाता था। उसके साथ बर्बरता की हदें इतनी पार की गईं कि उसकी जाँघों पर गहरी चोट पहुँचाकर तोड़ा गया और उसके गुप्तांग को भी चोट पहुँचाई गई। वो शायद दुबारा ठीक से ना चल पाए।जानते हैं उसकी गलती क्या थी? उसकी गलती ये थी कि वो एक बेज़ुबान जानवर है, जो एक ऐसे घर में है, जिसके मालिकों के दिल में दया और करुणा नाम की चीज़ नहीं। इस मामले में पुलिस ने नोएडा के निवासी ऋषभ मेहरा के खिलाफ़ मामला दर्ज किया है, जो बडी का मालिक है। लेकिन मीडिया रिपोर्टों के अनुसार उसने कथित रूप से पुलिस को घूस देने की कोशिश की। आरोपी अभी भी सलाखों के पीछे नहीं हैं।मैंने ये पेटीशन सिर्फ़ दो मकसद के लिए शुरू की है: 1. बडी के साथ बर्बरता की हदें पार करने वालों के खिलाफ़ सख्त से सख्त कार्रवाई की जाए ताकि ये घटना एक सबक बने उनके लिए जो बेज़ुबान जानवरों को नुकसान पहुँचाते हैं।2. जानवरों के प्रति क्रूरता के लिए लगाया जाने वाले अधिकतम जुर्माने की रकम को बढ़ाया जाए। अभी हाल ये है कि आप किसी भी कुत्ते, बिल्ली या किसी भी जानवर को तड़पा सकते हैं और महज़ 10-50 रुपया देकर बच सकते हैं। अभी पशुओं के प्रति क्रूरता रोकथाम अधिनियम, 1960 (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960) के तहत पशुओं को नुकसान पहुँचाने का जुर्माना 10-50 रुपये के बीच ही है। क्या इसी को इंसाफ़ कहते हैं? प्लीज़ मेरी पेटीशन साइन और शेयर करें, इसे अपने सोशल मीडिया में पोस्ट करें ताकि मासूम बडी को इंसाफ़ मिले और किसी जानवर के साथ ऐसी बर्बरता ना हो, ऐसी हिंसा ना हो जो बडी के साथ हुई।

Sukriti Chauhan
7,079 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Animal Welfare Board of India, P M narendramodi, Forest department kerala

Justice for Ambalapuzha Vijaya Krishnan who has been killed by his mahouts

Tusker Ambalappuzha Vijayakrishnan, owned by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), has been killed at the Sree Krishna Swami temple premises here on Thursday morning(08/04/2021). According to devaswom officials, the 51-year-old elephant had been suffering from various health issues for the past few days. That poor elephant underwent severe torture at the hands of his mahouts for several months from January 2020( completely swollen legs, injury near his eyes and various parts of the body) but none of the authority took any action against this cruelty even though few animal activists requested. Devaswom officials continuously paraded him in various temples of Kollam and Pathanamthitta districtsof kerala, which caused further deterioration of its health . Without proper food and water he he has been illtreated and tortured continuously along with the prolonged parades. The devaswom allowed the elephant’s parading at Thevalakkara last month in spite of the severe injuries allegedly inflicted on its body by the mahout. Surprisingly, the devaswom veterinarian also issued a certificate claiming the tusker was fit to be paraded. After the issue was raised with forest officials, they intervened and put a stop to the parading. The elephant was shifted back, but it was probably too late according to an activist #copied . devaswom president A Padmakumar, veterinarians who gave him fitness, his mahouts are the culprits. I am sure that Govt. of Kerala and wild life department will not take any action on this incident and  kindly join together and raise voice to give justice to the departed soul of our beloved " ambalappuzha vijayakrishnan". thanks in advance   References  1. 2. 3.

Vivek K viswanath
2,179 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi, Dilip Agasty, Puspendu Mitra

Arrest ''Ashish Banerjee'' from R​.​R-65, ABL Township, Durgapur

I dont understand, why people like ''Ashish Banerjee'' still exists in our society. How come people don't raise their voice after knowing about such cruelty. It's so unfortunate that I am having to create a petition in order to get this man arrested after what he has done. Residents of ABL Township, Durgapur should have taken some immidiate action on this criminal by now. Ashish Banerjee, from R.R-65, ABL Township, Durgapur killed 5 puppies by drowning them in Tarr. He kept drowning these poor souls till their last breath. Please refer to the link below. Link - No action has been taken on this man yet. It is my earnest request to all those whoever will sign this petition, kindly share and tag it to 'Maneka Gandhi'. She is an animal rights activist, and environmentalist. She is a member of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Thanks, Update : This Man was released by Local Authorities within an hour at a fine of just Rs.1000. To, Honorable Prime Minister ''Narendra Modi'' Is this the level of Justice in India?? This man brutally took 5 innocent lives and in return it costed him just Rs.1000 and an hour of his rotten life. Kindly take strictest of actions against this person and please set an example, so that no one could ever think of harming any other animal. As animals are also an essential part of our society and they co-exists with us.

Romi Tandon
1,687 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi, Animal Welfare Board of India, Sh. Narender Modi, Sh. Amit Shah, giriraj singh, Prime Minister Office


After the brutal death of the poor dog in Sanjay gandhi animal hospital, run by MP Maneka Gandhi and her sister Ambika Shukla. 1. We want that the whole area of the Sanjay gandhi animal hospital should cover under cctv surveillance, every inch of the corner should be cover and its live telecast should run on the big screen out side the main gate and in the office of Sanjay gandhi hospital. So that if any cruelty , mercy killing, or any injustice happens to poor animals whom we send them for their treatment,  can be stop and can be checked.  2. Police varrication , vet name and number, paravet details should be on the treatment paper whom they are treating so that their background verification and supervision on them can take place. 3. Hospital will not take after the fix number of dogs or cows. It should not be over crowded.  4. After the death of an animal,  hospital should inform to his owner immediately.  5. Police chawki should installed at the gate so that at the time of need, grievances can be lodge.  6. Every after the death of the animal, doctor should produced its certification that the animal died naturally or it was put downed . And for the cross check they will keep the body for atleast 24 hours or till the till owner will not come.  7. And later on this same rule, should be for every animal hospital of India. Closing a hospital is not the solution, but to bring necessary changes for voiceless animals should be implementing at the earliest.  We request you to please accept our request for the welfare of needy voiceless animals.  Long live Animal welfare Revolution.  Thank you               

Vikas Gautam
1,316 supporters
Petitioning Animal Welfare Board of India, Maneka Gandhi, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Justice for Strays : Guidelines should be made about treating stray animals

Enclosing here with my friend Shruti's genuine concern and complaint against those who run amok against stray animals particularly dogs . I fully endorse whatever Shruti has to say .  Enclosed below is her heart wrenching grievance . I and my family have been feeding three dogs in our neighborhood since April 2020.Recently,a relative ( Madhusmita Mishra) of one of our neighbors came back to Bhubaneswar. On the 11th of July 2021,my father was downstairs at 4am.Just then, the lady got a stick to hit the dogs.A similar incident took place on 14th when my mom was downstairs when the lady tried to hit the dogs again. When my mother tried to stop her, she threatened to hurt my mom and started yelling at her. My mom and she had a very loud and severe back and forth of words. This continued on to 15th when the older lady bursted our door and forcefully entered our flat to yell at my mom, after this incident being reported to the police by us.On the same day, the police came to our building to get the word of both the parties. I and a cousin who was visiting were called in as eye witnesses and we're more than grateful for the help of the police and getting the legal support we need. This whole chapter has been horrible and no less than a nightmare. We are made to feel unsafe in our home. We are being harassed for helping other fellow living beings that we share this planet with. And the scariest part is that how common being in the same situation as ours is. I sincerely request you to sign this petition to bring this monstrosity all around the country to an end.Thank you,Shruti Kar.Area: Nayapalli , BhubaneswarDepartment involved: Nayapalli Police Station Accused: Madhusmita Mishra Hope the authorities take note and initiate action

Shivakshi Dixit
1,314 supporters
#JusticeForBuddy: मासूम पिल्ले के साथ बर्बरता की हदें पार करने वालों के खिलाफ़ कार्रवाई हो

प्रिय नागरिकों, जानवरों पर आए दिन बढ़ रही हिंसा एक चिंता का विषय है। हर दूसरे दिन भारत के कई हिस्सों से किसी बेज़ुबान के साथ बर्बरता की ख़बरें आती हैं। कुछ हफ्ते पहले सोशल मीडिया पर मुझे 6 महीने के लैब्राडोर पपी, बडी का एक भयावह वीडियो मिला, जिसमें उसे बेल्ट से मारा-पीटा जा रहा था। हम जानवरों पर इस प्रकार की हिंसा को सामान्य घटना कहकर अनदेखा नहीं कर सकते। पशुओं के प्रति क्रूरता रोकथाम अधिनियम, 1960 (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960) अंग्रेजों के कानून को बदलने और तब के समय में जानवरों को हिंसा से बचाने के लिए एक सार्थक प्रयास था। लेकिन तब से लेकर अब तक इसमें दिए सज़ा के प्रावधानों जैसे कि जानवरों पर हिंसा के लिए जुर्माने की रकम को नहीं बढ़ाया गया है। 6 दशक बाद भी ये जुर्माना 10 से 50 रुपये के बीच है। एक सांसद होने के नाते मैं 1.5 लाख से ज़्यादा लोगों द्वारा समर्थित सुकृति चौहान की पेटीशन के साथ खड़ी हूँ। मेरा मानना है कि उन्होंने एक बहुत गंभीर विषय को उठाया है। ये सही समय है जानवरों के खिलाफ हिंसा के जुर्माने को बढ़ाने का ताकि ऐसे अपराध में कमी आए। मैं हमारी केंद्र सरकार से विनम्र आग्रह करूँगी कि पशुओं के प्रति क्रूरता रोकथाम अधिनियम, 1960 (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960) में तुरंत संशोधन किया जाए ताकि जानवरों के खिलाफ हिंसा के लिए कड़ी सज़ा हो और अधिक जुर्माना लगाया जा सके। हम सबको मिलकर प्रयास करना होगा कि आगे से किसी बडी के साथ ऐसी निर्मम घटना ना हो। मेरा मानना है कि सरकार और हम जन प्रतिनिधियों को अपने हिस्से का काम करना ही होगा ताकि भारत में हर जानवर सुरक्षित हो। धन्यवाद, मेनका गाँधी सांसद, लोकसभा @Manekagandhibjp

9 months ago
#JusticeforBuddy - Punish the perpetrators and Increase Penalty for Animal Cruelty

Dear Citizens, The growing spate of atrocities against animals is great cause for concern. Every other day another horrific case comes to light in different parts of states in India. Just a few weeks ago I came across a horrifying video on the internet where a six-month-old Labrador puppy called Buddy was being brutally beaten with a belt. We cannot allow violence against any animal to be normalised. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 was enacted to replace a colonial legislation and sought to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering on animals. However, the quantum of punishment i.e. the penalties, has not been reviewed even once in the six decades. The existing law stipulates a penalty between Rs 10 and Rs 50 for any act of cruelty against animals, including beating, kicking, torturing, starving and mutilating the animal. As a Member of Parliament, I extend my full support to Sukriti Singh and the 1 lakh 50 thousand signatories of her petition. I believe that they have raised an important matter. It is time for the penalty for animal cruelty to be increased so that such crimes are deterred. I request our central government to urgently​ ​amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, to provide an effective deterrent and ensure stricter penalties and punishments are imposed. We cannot afford to have any more Buddys suffer. I truly believe that we in government need to do our bit to ensure that animals in India are safe. Thank you, Maneka Gandhi Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha @Manekagandhibjp

9 months ago