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January 22, 2016

Humane Society International/India Campaigner Honoured for Animal Welfare in #100Women Achievers Contest

The Hon’ble President of India recognized her work during a reception lunch

Humane Society International/India

  • 100Women Achievers Ceremony. Ministry of Women and Child Development

  • HSI/India's Sally Kannan. HSI

Humane Society International/India’s campaigner in Kerala, Sally Kannan, has been awarded a prestigious title as one of the top #100Women Achievers of India in the category of Animal Welfare. A certified Honorary Animal Welfare Officer and founder of Save a Life shelter, Kannan is an ardent animal welfare advocate in Kerala addressing a wide variety of animal issues such as farm animal welfare, making compassionate food choices, street dog welfare and the welfare of animals in Indian zoos and circuses. The Hon’ble President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, bestowed on her the title during a reception lunch in New Delhi hosted to congratulate all 100 women achievers.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development initiated the contest in collaboration with Facebook, and seeks to recognize women who are making a difference in their communities, across the country. The ministry aims to increase widespread acknowledgement of the contribution that women across India are making to community and nation building. 

N. G Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said, "Sally is an accomplished leader, a passionate animal welfare advocate and an outstanding role model. She makes an enormous difference to the lives of both animals and people through her tireless community outreach for the welfare of street dogs and humane treatment of animals in Kerala. From providing veterinary care assistance, to helping local people report animal cruelty, Sally leaves no stone unturned in ensuring that injured or abused animals receive help and justice. I can think of no other individual more deserving of this recognition by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, and we are all very proud to have such an animal hero on our team.”

Kannan’s shelter, Save a Life, is devoted to providing life-saving care to unwanted and abandoned animals until they find a forever home. Sally herself fosters more than 15 animals including Droopy, an abandoned cocker spaniel, BeBe, a Labrador suffering from hip dysplasia and Kitty, who is recovering from a broken spine.

Humane Society International/India campaigns on a wide variety of animal issues, including replacing the use of animals in laboratories, farm animal welfare, companion animal advocacy and wildlife protection. HSI/India’s track record of achievements in India include: the twin ban on animal testing for cosmetics and the import of animal tested cosmetics; an end to shark finning; the closure of the country’s first pig gestation crate facility; an unprecedented declaration from 24 Indian states on the illegality of battery cage systems; and securing stringent orders reiterating the ban on animal fighting (cockfighting/ bulbul fighting/buffalo fighting). In Nepal, HSI/India helped institute a ban on animal sacrifice during the Gadhimai festival. With the help of fieldwork, policy formation and community education, HSI/India is striving to bring animal welfare into the mainstream, and achieve transformational change in India.

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

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