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October 2, 2015

HSI/India Condemns Killing of Man Accused of Cow Slaughter

As Indians celebrate Gandhi’s birthday, HSI/India stresses that ahimsa applies to people and animals alike

Humane Society International/India

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In response to the recent killing near Delhi of a man accused of slaughtering and eating a cow, Humane Society International/India issued a statement condemning violence.

N.G Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said: “The very foundation of the animal protection movement is to reject violence in all its forms. This is a movement built upon compassion and feeling for all who live and breathe, and any act of violence toward people undermines the core ahimsa (non-violence) ethic we espouse. Such tactics are ethically wrong and do fundamental damage to the humane movement and its cause. We condemn any form of violence done in the name of protecting animals, and on the birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of non-violence, we call upon all animal advocates to condemn this violence too. We welcome the quote Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Facebook’s Real Wall during a visit this week to the company’s headquarters in California, USA, ‘Ahimsa is the greatest Dharma’.”

Cow slaughter is illegal in the largely Hindu area of Uttar Pradesh where cows are considered sacred.

Media Contact: Navamita Mukherjee, nmukherjee@hsi.org, 91-9985472760