December 23, 2015
Children Painting Their Way Out to Create Awareness of Humane Eating
More than 70 students from six schools participated in an interschool painting competition in Chandigarh to raise awareness on making compassionate food choices for the sake of better health, cleaner environment and ethical living. The contest was organized as part of India’s Swach Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) program by the Centre for Social Work, Panjab University and Humane Society International/India. To fulfill the objective of Clean India Mission that seeks to create Clean India, HSI/India conducted an awareness session on animal agriculture as a key contributor to climate change, deforestation, water pollution and water use.
During the presentation, participants were also briefed on how reduction in meat consumption can help prevent chronic diseases in humans, save the earth from potentially disrupting weather conditions, land degradation and inefficient consumption of natural resources and reduce cruel treatment of farm animals in extreme intensive confinement.
Swarnali Roy, outreach consultant for Humane Society International/India said, “We are impressed to see enthusiastic students helping us to promote our cause by participating in the contest. At this age, children are most compassionate and are connected with nature. As harbingers of change, we are hopeful that this presentation and their own artwork will usher them to take this message forward and they will be able to create a humane society.”
HSI/India works on an extensive public outreach campaign on humane eating and compassionate living. In promoting conscientious eating, HSI/India embraces the Three Rs—reducing the consumption of animal products, refining the diet by avoiding foods created in the worst production systems and replacing animal products with plant-based food.
Across India, HSI/India is partnered with more than 10 local organizations that are helping to educate people about the benefits of a diet that espouses compassion and health. HSI/India also works with industries and corporate companies in changing policy towards the welfare of animals and with the concept of introducing popular programs such as Meatless Mondays that aims at helping people reduce meat consumption once a week.
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