Animal Care – Protecting Wildlife

An ecosystem is a network of all the living and non-living creatures of a region. One has to rely on the other for survival. With the advent of technological innovations, this network of an ecosystem has transformed into a hierarchy where the human species are at the topmost level. But someone has to pay a price for these innovations, and that price is global warming. Global Warming is the rise in the earth’s temperature due to the emission of greenhouse gases. The wildlife of our planet is heavily threatened under the risk of global warming. A recent example is the Bushfires of Australia that killed more than 800 million animals. The rate at which the animal species are becoming endangered is alarming. Although authorities and organizations have come forth to promote the prevention of activities that harm wildlife, an increasing number of endangered species is still at pace. Daily reports on casualties including wildlife are an indicator that this matter is of great significance. 

Animal Care is the stepping stone towards preserving wildlife. The standards of animal care vary among countries, organizations and people. The most important task here is to increase their chances of survival. Animal care is concerned with issues such as cruelty to animals, abandoned animals, stray animals, blood sport, animal testing, hunting, poaching, etc. Although most countries have laws against such activities but illegal practices against wildlife are still very common. 

From an industrial perspective, it is easy to note that the animal industry generates revenue worth billions. Most of the ill practices against the wildlife are done to cater the needs of the industrial society. 

 Animal care involves implementing actions against the ill-treatment of wildlife, providing them with a proper habitat, catering to their healthcare, protecting them from illegal activities, etc. While these are the base of the cause, the protection of animals can be done on an individual level as well. The involvement of the youth in animal care has grown significantly in the recent past. 

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body established in 1962 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA) of 1960, has been functioning for the past 50 years in protecting animals from unfair practices. There are several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and projects that are currently operating under the guidelines issued by AWBI. Some of them are:

  • Animals Water Bowl Project (AWBP) Trust
  • RRSA India 
  • Visakha Society For Protection And Care Of Animals(V.S.P.C.A.) 
  • Animal Aid Unlimited(A.A.U.) 
  • Blue Cross Of Hyderabad
  • People For Animals (P.F.A.)
  • RESQ
  • Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (C.U.P.A.)
  • Wildlife S.O.S. India
  • Red Paws Rescue
  • Help In Suffering (HIS)
  • Stray Relief And Animal Welfare(STRAW)
  • Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre (S.G.A.C.C.)
  • Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre (CARE)
  • Posh Foundation
  • Debasree Roy Foundation (DRF)
  • The Bombay Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (B.S.P.C.A.)
  • Tails N Trees
  • Blue Cross Of India
  • Blue Cross of Pune

 Apart from these, several other independent NGOs and wildlife sanctuaries work for the benefit of the wildlife such as:

  • Abubshahar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bhartiya Gau Raksha Dal
  • Bir Bara Ban Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organization
  • Indian National Kennel Club
  • Khol Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • National Institute of Animal Welfare

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