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Murder of 16 pups in Kolkata shows why we should stop calling ourselves civilised

We are humans. We are supposedly civilised. We share our cities with them. But we bludgeon puppies to death.   The 16 puppies laid out in a row in Kolkata should be seared into our memories. There’s something about puppies that should shake even the more cynical among us. Perhaps the puppies were poisoned. Perhaps they were clobbered to death. Perhaps they were poisoned AND clobbered to death. Perhaps there were 15. Or perhaps it was 16. Do the exact gory details really matter? One way or the other, does it mitigate the utter horror of it all? Sixteen puppies, dead or near-death, were dumped in plastic bags near a hospital in Kolkata. Heads smashed. An adult dog was left bleeding profusely, with its eye nearly gouged-out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiixi4ryDe8&feature=youtu.be Now a video has surfaced of two young women allegedly beating the dogs mercilessly. No one seems to be physically stopping them although people are heard telling them to stop. But they bite us, one of the women says. She...
Bezubaan Public Welfare And Locals Protest Against For Shoot-At- Sight Order For National Animal Tigress

Why some activists suspect two of three cubs killed by train in Maharashtra may be Avni’s

Activists have questioned the distance between the carcasses, and said the photos from the accident site looked staged.

It was a sad day for us: Maharashtra forest officials react to tigress Avni’s death

Union minister Maneka Gandhi severely criticised Avni’s killing but Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar defended this as an act of self-defence.
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Maharashtra has lost two ‘golden opportunities’ to capture man-eating tigress Avni alive

A Maharashtra forest officer has alleged that private hunter Nawab Shafaat Ali Khan cost the team two 'golden opportunities' to capture tigress Avni. 
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Maharashtra’s out to kill ‘man-eater’ Avni, but shooting her is supposed to be the last resort

Forest department brings in 'expert hunter' to shoot tigress Avni, while two activists file a plea in Bombay high court seeking stay on the elimination order.

Gujarat promotes Gir festival, with lions from Africa and Chicago zoo

Tourism department goofs up in a promotional video that contains YouTube clips of Kruger National Park and Lincoln zoo.
Delhi zoo

Delhi zoo director ‘confirms’ animal deaths are being covered up, records fudged

In letter to environment ministry, Renu Singh accuses her staff of carrying out illegal activities. Letter was written after plea in Delhi high court.

Again, PETA strikes a wrong note through petition to save cows on Janmashtami

The animal rights group urged people to use vegan ghee to ‘keep cows happy too’, drawing flak from all sides of the ideological spectrum.
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Militant vegans in France are using extreme tactics to stop meat-eating

With violence and intimidation as their tools, and animal rights as their justification, vegans are attacking French gastronomy.
Sitapur Dog Killings

Man-dog conflict in UP’s Sitapur: Administration accused of having blood on its hands

13 children have died of dog attacks in this district. Authorities say dogs are being killed in retaliation by villagers, who say authorities are also involved.

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File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.


Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.