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November 12, 2013

Inaugural Animal Law Training for Animal Activists

Humane Society International/India

  • HSI/India hopes to create a pool of legally trained activists who will champion animal protection. HSI

In light of the increasing incidents of poorly managed animal abuse cases reported in India, Humane Society International/India will offer a program to improve animal welfare activists’ legal training, the first in a series of “train-the-trainer” animal law programs. Offered in collaboration with the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Blue Cross of Hyderabad, the program is tailor-made for practicing animal welfare activists, and will equip them with a thorough understanding of animal welfare law and the Indian criminal justice system.

Amala Akkineni, chairperson, Blue Cross of Hyderabad and member of AWBI, said: “The suffering of animals is immense. When one notices the atrocities towards fellow human beings and animals, it only reaffirms the desperate need for awakening social consciousness towards responsible action and abiding by the laws that protect us and the animal kingdom. I am honored to be part of this training program and look forward to spreading awareness about this important responsibility to all the authorities and groups concerned with caring for and protecting animals in our country.”

C. Samyukta, wildlife campaign manager for HSI, said: “HSI/India hopes to create a pool of legally trained activists who will champion animal protection through the investigation of animal cruelty and abuse incidents as well as illegal wildlife trade issues. This program will help build activists’ capacity and knowledge and help them to improve coordination with law enforcement officials who handle animal cruelty cases.”

The program will be offered through NALSAR Law University, Hyderabad, as an intensive five-day, residential course. The curriculum shall be taught by highly experienced faculty from NALSAR as well as by eminent animal welfare activists. The course is scheduled to begin on 27 November and participants from all over the country are invited to attend. All those interested in applying should contact C. Samyukta at +91-9000846677 or email csamyukta@hsi.org. Read more about the course and view the application form.

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Media Contact: C.Samyukta, +91-9000846677, csamyukta@hsi.org

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