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Australia’s Senate has passed a bill banning cosmetic animal testing

The testing of cosmetics on animals has been a hot button topic for many years the world over with many animal welfare groups and even cosmetics companies, including The Body Shop, campaigning to have the practice banned globally. There has been some global progress in this campaign, in the UK testing cosmetic products and their...

World Sparrow Day celebrated on March 20

Widespread use of concrete and cell phone radiation has affected sparrows as well as the other common flora and fauna in urban habitat and is a dire warning to humans about impending environmental hazards. 20th March is earmarked as World Sparrow Day annually, to raise awareness about the importance of sparrows in the ecosystem and...
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The reality of the dairy industry and its cows

India is moving towards intensive factory farming practices, in which animals are treated like inanimate machines. A cow contentedly chewing her cud may look as though she does not have a care in the world, but there is a lot going on behind those big brown eyes. Traditionally, cows raised for milk roamed free and...
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CSR: Kartik Aaryan proclaims ‘Chicks Love a Vegetarian’ in new campaign

It only took one video of animals suffering and dying in the meat industry to convince me to go vegetarian,” says Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan. “The kindest thing anybody can do for cows, pigs, chickens, and all animals is to stop eating them. With baby chicks perched on his hand, Pyaar Ka Punchnama star and...
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CSR: What is wrong with eating eggs and chicken?

“The fate of industrially farmed animals is one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time. Tens of billions of sentient beings, each with complex sensations and emotions, live and die on a production line,” says author Yuval Noah Harari in his New York Times bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.   Choosing...
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Delhi’s first animal welfare policy panders to humans instead

Birth control of monkeys, a revised regime for sterilisation of stray dogs and electronic chips to identify owners of deserted pets and cattle are some of the measures that Delhi government's first policy on animal welfare recommends. The 'animal health and welfare policy 2018', which also proposed a cowshed at Ghumanhera where cows will be...
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Using AI-powered drones to catch poachers

The United Nations estimates that illegal wildlife trade worldwide could be worth $8 billion to $10 billion annually. The value of the ivory trade alone contributes about $1 billion. For now, foot patrols and drone-based surveillance have not been effective at preventing poaching, and these efforts are labour-intensive and under resourced. One AI-based solution has...
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Human – Animal Conflict – Are We Doing Enough?

Our holiday destinations change as we go through different life stages and when you have children, you tend to pick child-friendly places and experiences. A few years ago, I visited the New York zoo with my family, and I was shocked to learn something about the life of captive animals – animals in zoos...
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MCGM partners with Animal Planet on 3D theatre, starting today

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has tied up with wildlife channel Animal Planet to sensitize citizens of Mumbai, especially children, about the importance of wildlife. MCGM will launch its 3D Theater located inside V.J.B. Udyan & Zoo, powered with world class content from Animal Planet, starting February 1, 2019. The entry to the theatre...
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Travelling the sustainable path

When I was growing up in Varanasi in the ‘80s, a vacation typically meant visiting relatives in other towns or a must-see tourist destination – the Taj Mahal, Golconda Fort, the Pink City and so on. Times are changing. I see today’s leisure travellers looking for personal experiences like engaging with locals to eat their...
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CSR: Wildlife Conservation Efforts by Amazon India

Animal cruelty is a neglected topic in the world. Every human being has caused harm to animals directly or indirectly. If not for food, then for fashion, cosmetics or medicines, we have used products that have been prepared by killing, harming or testing on the animals. During such hard times for wildlife, Amazon India...
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Seven Fashion Brands that takes CSR Seriously

The fashion industry is the second largest polluter of the environment. At a time when the condition of natural resources is critical, the industry players need to take up their responsibility and instil sustainability in their business practices and CSR campaigns. Following are seven Fashion brands that take CSR seriously by doing their bit to...

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