You can help prevent cruelty!

Cruelty to animals ranges from neglect to malicious killing.

Most cruelty investigated is found to be ‘neglect’ that can be resolved through education. Intentional cruelty or abuse is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, or veterinary care, or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal.

One of the key objectives of Blue Cross is reducing animal suffering and cruelty. Prevention of cruelty has to be approached from two directions: One way is through transforming attitudes of the community in general, starting with the younger generations. The other is addressing blatant neglect and cruelty of so many helpless animals around us, and doing something to swiftly stop this.

You can make a real difference – the new Animal Welfare Law ensures offenders are punished.

What you can do

Spend a few minutes talking respectfully to the concerned individual who is being cruel to the animal, and see if you can convince him/her to stop. If the cruelty is due to negligence, download the pamphlet on responsible pet ownership, and hand over a copy to them, to help educate them.
If they do not respond, fill the cruelty complaint form below* and submit. Complaints are reviewed daily Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

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*Read the complaint checklist before filling this form

In case your complaint is about the GHMC Dog squads or Animal Shelters: Download the GHMC Complaint formFill it, scan and attach it in the above complaint form, and send it to us. Blue Cross attends review meeting with GHMC, and will follow the issue up for action.

If you are reporting an emergency, please call the Blue Cross of Hyderabad on +919642229858, +919966629858 from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Transforming Attitudes

THE WAY FORWARD

India is signatory to the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights.

The Constitution of India talks about compassion for all life, but there is very little awareness about this in the animal owning and exploiting communities as well as in the Government departments that monitor them.

Cruelty goes unchecked and uncontrolled most of the time. Hence the Animal Welfare Board of India was set up under provision of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1960) to advise State Governments on their role in preventing cruelty and to provide support to Animal Welfare groups working in the field. Blue Cross spends a lot of time and energy in education and awareness efforts.

People practicing animal-friendly behaviour can influence and inspire others. Responsible farming, responsible breeding, responsible use and sale of animals, responsible pet owners and well-behaved animals are all ambassadors of the animal peace movement. Community Animal Care Takers can ensure the prevention of cruelty in the community and transform attitudes around them.

The Animal Birth Control & Anti Rabies Vaccination programme (ABC/ARV) for stray cats and dogs, the rescue and rehabilitation of snakes, monkeys, better poultry and dairy farm practices ; all depend on animal welfare groups taking up the agenda to communicate and enroll others in the prevention of cruelty to animals. We cannot do it alone. For this critical mass to play, thousands of us must volunteer to live the animal friendly way in our homes and on our streets and show others how to do it – how to choose it, and support animal friendly movements.

Initiate an animal friendly community.

By following just a few simple but important procedures, we can all co-exist with animals harmoniously as compassionate citizens. Learn how.

If you wish to be further involved, there is a 5 day training programme organised by the Animal Welfare Board of India on being an Honorary Animal Welfare Officer (HAWO). Please apply and train for this with AWBI. Visit www.awbi.org to know more.

If you are animal-friendly and wish to bring about a change in peoples attitudes, we have an excellent presentation you can arrange for your community, school or college, that promotes better attitudes towards animals. See Talks in Schools & Communities for more information.

Animal Protection Laws (HAWO Handbook)

A few scenarios to consider

Report it in writing to your local Police station or animal welfare group. Find out how you can campaign with local residents to prevent it. A signature campaign for Police and GHMC to take action can give good results.

Counsel them that they must use a basket or cage to transport the chickens. Hanging chickens upside down is a crime and can be reported to the Traffic Police. Get more customers to demand that chickens are carried in baskets. Mobilise the sale of baskets or jute bags close to chicken shops.
Report him to the PFA or Blue Cross. Counsel people not to encourage these practices.

Please counsel owners not to tie up their pet to make it ferocious. Animals are naturally territorial and tying them up for lengths of time is a big punishment, both physically and psychologically damaging. An abused pet is damaged for life. Ensure pets are vaccinated against Rabies / Canine / Feline diseases. Download the responsible pet parent pamphlet from BCH website and hand it to them.

If they do not respond to counselling, make a complaint using the form in Step 2 at the top of this page.

Please take pictures if you can, and report it to us. See reporting checklist in Step 2 at the top of this page.
Request the teachers to use alternatives to live dissection that are kinder, known to get better results and readily available. Models and computer software are available for demonstration at Blue Cross & P.F.A. The Government of India has banned the use of live animals for dissection to learn biology or zoology upto plus 2.

Note the details of the vehicle, the location, date & time, etc, and report the cruelty, preferably with
photographic evidence. The more of us object, the more likely cruelty to animals will be stopped.

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