India Update - September 2017
Life-Saving Water for Working Animals in India
New project to provide year round fresh water to working and street animals in Faridabad
Animal Aid Abroad has started a new project with partner group- People for Animals Trust in Faridabad to provide life -saving fresh water year round to hundreds of working and street animals on the streets of Faridabad.
Funding includes the installation of permanent concrete troughs plus portable tubs.
Life-Saving Water for Working Animals in Faridabad
In three different areas of our city Faridabad we are going to install water tubs where working animals roaming on road sides. First location is Dabua Colony road near FSI Godown, second location is sector 16 market and third location is old Faridabad market near valmiki colony.
Size of Water Tub:
Size of water tub is 5 feet long , 2.5 feet wide and 2.5 feet deep, which is having capacity of 200 litres water.
Made up of cement with iron rod inside to become same tub strenght and durable. Approx weight of one water tub is 130 Kg.
In some places we have to construct Permanent Trough of 8 feet long, 2.5 wide and 2.5 deep. Which is made up of Bricks and cement.
On every alternative days during summers time and on every third day during winters our team going to fill fresh water in all three locations. Before filling our team clean same water tub.
Number of Working Animals that will benefit:
Approx around 300 working animals get access to fresh water through this project on daily basis.
In Summers time more rounds of filling water in comparison with winter time. All year this project will go on.
Annual Bullock Sponsorship Update - 2017
A new lease on life for bullocks of India
For years, bullocks in India have been forced to work non-stop until their dying day. They are likely to be beaten with whips, restrained by painful nose ropes, and deprived of basic medical care and even food and water. Until recently, most of these gentle creatures never knew a kind word or a day’s rest.
Thankfully, due to the generosity of donors and organizations like Animal Aid Abroad, many bullocks like Roushya and Gabru are now able to spend their days doing anything they want, even if that means doing absolutely nothing except eating and relaxing. For these fortunate bullocks, home is Animal Rahat’s sanctuary, a beautiful haven in the state of Maharashtra where they and other animals retire in peace after years of drudgery, pain, abuse, malnutrition, and neglect. Here are their stories:
Just shy of 20 years old,Roushya loves food and playing in the rain. He is docile and friendly with all and enjoys being groomed by his human caretakers.
Even when he’s resting, this social butterfly prefers the company of others and tends to lie down with friends, especially his best buddies, Jim and Sonya. At more than 1500 pounds, Roushya is a big boy, and it should come as no surprise that he becomes quite excited by the sight of green grass and fodder. Even though he loves meal time, he’s a slow eater compared to others. He savors his mealssometimes for an hour or so. He also enjoys licking mineral salt licks to fulfill his deficiencies of the trace minerals and salts.
Gabru is around 21 years old and prior to coming to the sanctuary, he had a rough life. A bit of a loner, he prefers to groom himself and enjoys “taking showers” when it rains by jumping around and getting wet. Although he’s not quite ready to get up close and personal with humans just yet, sometimes he’ll let his best bullock friend, Thomas, help him groom him. Most of the time, for now, he is happy to scratch himself on the cubicle posts.
Gabru is a chowhound and always one of the first to reach the feed trough. He really loves his food and he’s not averse to trying to grab some food from the slower eaters. Like many other bullocks at the sanctuary, Gabru also enjoys fresh grass and his salt lick and hanging out in the soft sand pit.
Working BRICK KILN horses get second chance!
In May, we reported on an injured horse working at a brick kiln factory - bricks had fallen on his back. He was in terrible condition, lame and in a lot of pain. To add to his misery, the owner refused to surrender him to Friendicoes and put him straight back to work. He didn't even unharness the horse to be treated. Absolutely heart breaking!
The para-vet team continued to monitor and treat him on a daily basis until the Friendicoes team could rescue him.
Fast forward to June and we have great news, Friendicoes has been able to rescue him.
Compensation has been paid and this fella is now in the safe and caring hands of Friendicoes. Never will he experience this cruelty again!
Another rescue was done on the same day with a horse suffering from for a very painful hock joint injury due to kicking on the cart. The horse would kick away on the over loaded cart while pulling it and it resulted in a horrendous wound to his hocks. Compensation was agreed to and treatment started immediately. He was in terrible pain and in very poor condition - we look forward to meeting these two horses at the Friendicoes Sanctuary in October.
Animal Aid Abroad assists the Friendicoes Mobile Equine Clinic and Para-Vet program so horses like this can be treated and rescued.
HIS Camel Annual Update - 2017
The Rajasthan state of India is identified with camels. In our culture, there are many tales and traditional songs based on camels and its nature. A single camel could earn bread and butter for a whole family, it is an important earning member of the family. At the Camel Rescue Centre in Bassi and at HIS, Jaipur we have many camels which are living as our family members.
Basanti was rescued around one and a half years ago when she was going to be slaughtered with many other camels. At the time of rescue, she was malnourished and had multiple wounds all over her body. She is approximately, a 13-year-old female and resides at the Camel Rescue Centre and hospital in Bassi, India. Since the day she was rescued from the people taking her to the slaughter house her behaviour has not changed.
She is still a shy and calm female. She loves the company of her care taker Kamlesh. She has no special choice of food and happy to eat whatever is put in front of her. Now she is in good health and likes to be the centre of attraction among the male camels.
Rustam is a tough male camel around 11-12 years old. He was rescuedaround one and a half years ago when he was going to be slaughtered with many other camels. At the time of rescue, he was unable to bear his own weight and could not stand on his hind limbs. He also had multiple wounds all over his body. After continuous treatment and making him stand with the help of a pully plus nutritious diet and massage, he won the fight with his ailment. He started standing again.
Now he is completely fit. Calm in nature. Not very particular of food type but ground nut straw is his favourite food. He dislikes being pulled by a rope so whenever he is pulled forwards he goes backwards. He likes the company of his caretakers Akloo and Kamlesh.
‘Mastani’ was a name of a very beautiful queen. Mastani is a female camel of around 5-6 years old. She was found abandoned in Jaipur itself in April 2016. When she came to us she was suffering from a very swollen limbs. She was in a lot of pain and could hardly walk.The previous owner used a traditional and cruel method, hot iron branding over her foot.
After her rescue and a long treatment, the thickness of the limb reduced to one fourth of its previous size. She is a shy camel. She doesn’t like to live in enclosed places.Now she has developed a nature of not leaving her shed. If we ever want to walk her, we must lure her with a bundle of green fodder. Her appearance is very neat and clean. She does not drink the water filled for her a day ago. We always must fill the drinking water daily.She loves her caretaker Bhagwandas and Rajendar very much. Shewelcomes her caretaker Bhagwandas with kisses and licks in the morning.
The Working Equines Receive a Gift
Recently the Friendicoes Seca Mobile Equine Clinic received a gift that means more animals are going to benefit from the program. Our friend and supporter from Australia, Animal Aid Abroad has made it possible with their generous sponsorship to hire three new field paravets to assist the Mobile Equine team. Not only that, AAA has also provided two motorbikes for the field paravets to travel to interior areas so that more distressed animals get help.
The 4-member Mobile Equine team is stretched to their maximum possible limit taking care of the 1500 animals already under their care in various stands of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. The cases they attend to are a challenge in themselves without taking into account the prevailing superstitions, lack of awareness and education, poverty level of the owners and the terrible living conditions the animals are subjected to. Hence the need for sensitization, awareness and education has been felt for a very long time. The new field paravets, along with extending medical assistance to the mobile equine team, emergency treatment to animals in pain will also help educate the owners how to take better care of their animals as well as try and sensitize them to the animals needs.
The new members of the team – Salman, Shakir and Nawab have been appointed in Bharatpur (Rajasthan), Agra (Uttar Pradesh) and Mathura/Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh) respectively where they continue to look after the animals in the absence of the Vet and do follow up treatment under the Vet’s guidance. On an average the paravets attend to 150-200 cases every month apart from organizing awareness camps and educating the local working equine owners. But most importantly these paravets hail from their respective area of operation making the local people more amenable to listening to them.
Animal Aid Abroad, Australia has been an integral part of our Mobile Equine clinic for last many years. They have continuously supported us with fuel sponsorship of the Mobile Equine Ambulance as well as equine sponsorship’s and rescues. Without their help it would have been a bigger struggle to run this program.