A letter from Maneka Gandhi

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#1 Oct 12th, 2013, 14:41
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Please find below a letter from Maneka Gandhi outlining some of the rights stray animals in India have and those who help stray animals.

Many western countries could take an example.

Of course I am going to get response posts telling me about lack of reinforcement in India and that laws are useless, etc. but I can tell you from experience that across India many conflict situations in which stray animals were at risk have been solved once people were made aware of the law and the rights of the animals in question.

Spread the word, use this letter to make more people aware that animals have rights in this country. Every little helps, every animal given a good life will help to improve the environment for both human (-animals ) and (other) animals.

Saving & improving the life of one animal may not save the world but it will mean the world for that specific animal.
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The time will come when men will look upon the murder of animals as they look upon the murder of men.
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good one
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Funny considering who she was married to and what he did to stray dogs. A Ms. Winchester phenomenon.?
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Funny considering who she was married to and what he did to stray dogs. A Ms. Winchester phenomenon.?
I have no idea what her husband did but I can tell that she has been extremely active in animal welfare and animal rights for many years.

She can take credit for being one of the major forces behind the animal movement in India.

If animal welfare organisations have tried everything an nothing works, they often turn to her as a last resort and almost without fail she will provide support and solutions (the above is an example)

Apparently she can be quite a pain to deal with for humans but for animals she always fight.


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And what is the Ms Winchester syndrome
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Originally Posted by birds View Post I have no idea what her husband did but I can tell that she has been extremely active in animal welfare and animal rights for many years.
Maneka Gandhi is the widow of Sanjay Gandhi, brother of Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India. Both of them were sons of Indira Gandhi who was probably the longer ruling PM of India. Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru of India who was probably the #2 person in India's freedom struggle.

Sanjay Gandhi gained a notorious reputation during the emergency imposed by his mother.

Maneka is the sister in law of Sonia Gandhi, the current behind the scenes leader of India - but both belong to opposing parties. Maneka is also the mother of Varun Gandhi who is a very notorious politician.

But Maneka has been active in animal rights for a really long time. From personal memory, more than 30 years, I think.
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what is the Ms Winchester syndrome
Google on Winchester House. Its a great read and even greater thrill to see. My spouse said, now don't you get any ideas.

Sanjay was a real piece of work. He and his buddies would drive around the city at night shooting stray dogs..
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Originally Posted by bombayboy View Post Maneka Gandhi is the widow of Sanjay Gandhi, brother of Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India. Both of them were sons of Indira Gandhi who was probably the longer ruling PM of India. Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru of India who was probably the #2 person in India's freedom struggle. Sanjay Gandhi gained a notorious reputation during the emergency imposed by his mother. Maneka is the sister in law of Sonia Gandhi, the current behind the scenes leader of India - but both belong to opposing parties. Maneka is also the mother of Varun Gandhi who is a very notorious politician. But Maneka has been active in animal rights for a really long time. From personal memory, more than 30 years, I think.
Thanks for the explanation, all that I do know but I did not know her husband would shot dogs.

Well, what comes around, goes around. He is dead now too, and like the stray dogs, sooner than he would have liked (probably).
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Very well put..
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"Animal Lover" is a euphemism for "misanthrope", isn't it?

Sanjay Gandhi and his henchmen (at least one of them sits in the Cabinet) weren't just into terminating stray dogs, they went about pulling down shelters and severing vasa deferentia in a big way too.
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post "Animal Lover" is a euphemism for "misanthrope", isn't it? Sanjay Gandhi and his henchmen (at least one of them sits in the Cabinet) weren't just into terminating stray dogs, they went about pulling down shelters and severing vasa deferentia in a big way too.
Obviously!!!

What one does to animals, one will do to people.

It is not always recognised but those who chose their pets on the basis of looks, will judge people around them on looks.

Those who look poorly after their pets, tend to look poorly after their families and friends.

Those who abandon their animals do also not tend to be able to keep good relationships and often are not good friends, partners and parents.

Those who abuse animals, almost in all cases abuse people. There is plenty of scientific research that has proven this.

From murdering animals to murdering humans is not such a huge step; extinguishing a beating heart.
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so, is it being said, that if you keep a pet, you are the owner and responsible for its actions, but if it is a stray, we, as a society are responsible?

just trying to understand the problem and the rules being defined here.

PS : To confess, i have been a pet owner in the past, and have had a few strays as adopted pets.
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And those who close their eyes for animal suffering, those to come up with excuses on why they did not do something, are typically those who are compliant to a degradation of human capital within a society.

These are the same people that ignore child abuse next door, that drive by accidents, that look the other way when a drunken husband abuses his wife.

I am often asked why I work with animals and not with humans, I always tell them that it amounts to the same.
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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post so, is it being said, that if you keep a pet, you are the owner and responsible for its actions, but if it is a stray, we, as a society are responsible?
Yes, but there is no reason why an individual member of society should not do something to improve the life of a stray; to get it dewormed, vaccinated and sterilised.

Every individual can chose to take responsibility or close their eyes and blame it on society or something else.

It is often said that it does not matter with so many strays around but it does matter for that individual stray. The same way that child abuse does not go away with reporting one case but it may just make the difference for that one child.
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Stray dogs....

I really dont know if i should respond to this article as its such an emotive issue in respect of animal cruelty and mans best friend. I think you need to separate the two in to wild and domestic animals and then separate them again for health and safety issues.The most common pet by far in India is the dog.It provides a service to humans in that its a watchman and and a pet.In some areas its also a body guard.But the issue of stray unwanted dogs needs to be addressed and urgently in some areas.In my opinion vaccination and contraception do not seriously address the problem of when stray dogs pack up , especially at full moon times.People forget that feral dogs are only degrees from what they bred from many years ago-wolves.I personally find it painful to watch stray dogs feeding from garbage piles, full of mange and disease.Lying by the roadside after being struck by vehicles and no one will aproach because of the fear of rabies or being bitten that will cost them hard earned rupees to treat.I think Maneka Ghandi went down the wrong road years ago in respect of her thoughts on animal cruelty and dogs in particular.I think its more humane to put them down than just vaccinate or neuter them and dump them back on the streets again. Thats my thoughts on the subject
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From a human point of view, I suppose it looks merciful to put an end to a stray dog's misery, but I wonder what a dog thinks about that?

By the way, I got a real chuckle looking at your avatar, considering the content of your post.
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