> Gandhi said you can judge a country by the way it treats its animals.
> Some of you may have received the message below by another route.
> The Indian Constitution states that humans have a 'Duty of Compassion to
> Animals'. Based on this the following animal protection legislation has
> been enacted in India:
> •Dissection of animals is banned in every state for ALL school pupils.
> •It is illegal to kill a dog for any reason other than extreme trauma or
> •In the state of Gujarat, owing to a large Jain population the use of
> animals as laboratory subjects has greatly decreased.
> •India has banned the export of its indigenous monkey population, which
> roams freely, since the monkeys would meet with harm in research
> •During the Jain religious holidays slaughterhouses throughout the
> entire state of Gujarat are shut down.
> •All elephants have been freed from zoos and circuses and allowed to
> live out their lives with dignity in sanctuaries.
> •New Delhi has banned the use of carriage horses.
> •A retirement home has been established for elderly police horses.
> •All 'dancing' bears have been liberated and sent to a bear sanctuary in
> •There are an estimated 400 million vegetarians in India.
> In the United States animals are viewed as property before the law:
> harm done to them is adjudicated according to property law. They are
> not viewed as living beings with intrinsic rights:
> •It is virtually impossible for pupils to opt out of dissection in
> every state.
> •Six to eight million healthy dogs are put to death simply because they
> are homeless and ironically this is considered an act of compassion.
> •In the USA, Europe and Israel the number of animals used as
> experimental subjects has remained constant, with numerous reports of
> excessively cruel experiments.
> •During the religious holidays of Christmas, Easter, Passover and the
> semi-religious holiday of Thanksgiving the slaughter of every manner of
> animal increases sharply.
> •A judge has ruled in favour of The Ringling Brothers Circus, that
> striking elephants with bullhooks was an appropriate form of discipline.
> •No major city in the USA has banned the use of carriage horses, where
> they are exposed to harsh and dangerous working conditions.
> •In the USA horses and their free-roaming brethren often end up in
> •56 billion animals a year are killed in the USA and the number of
> vegetarians/vegans is 3-4 million.
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