By Sanjoy Dey, Hindustan Times, Ranchi | October 4, 2015
A non-government organisation and the state animal husbandry department will launch a campaign in Jharkhand on Sunday to protect animal rights and appeal people to turn vegetarian.
Helping Organisation for People, Environment (HOPE) & Animal Trust in association with the department will organise a rally as part of the World Animal Day (WAD), which will be observed for the first time in Jharkhand and Bihar. More than 200 people, including school children and animal rights activists, will participate in the rally.
“WAD celebration is an initiative to generate awareness among people about animal rights,” said animal husbandry department director Rajnikant Tirkey on Saturday.
The department of the BJP-ruled Jharkhand has decided to join the campaign for vegetarianism at a time the saffron party-led government’s ban on meat in Maharashtra during a Jain festival kicked up a row with its partner Shiv Sena opposing the move.
The killing of a Muslim villager accused of sacrificing a calf in Greater Noida triggered a controversy with the SP accusing the BJP of trying to engage in polarisation politics for gains in the 2017 UP polls. The Aam Aadmi Party called the incident a conspiracy by the BJP to divide the country.
HOPE & Animal Trust, an NGO partner of the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) for stray dog control, will conduct painting competitions regularly in schools to spread awareness on animal rights among children.
“Animal cruelty is considered high in Jharkhand with unchecked slaughtering of animals for business purposes and lack of government monitoring,” said a HOPE official.
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