Jammu, October 03: October 2nd, being Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday is also observed as World Farmed Animal Day since 1983. His staunch belief in nonviolence towards all living beings is the driving force for animal activists to highlight the plight of animals, especially those raised and killed for food. Mahatma Gandhi himself was a vegetarian and quit drinking cow’s milk as soon as he became aware of the cruel practice of phooka to increase milk production in cows.
World Farmed Animal Day is observed through events, marches, vigils, leafleting and any possible means to expose to the general public of what sickening conditions chicks, pigs, goats, lambs, cows and other animals live in and how they are mercilessly slaughtered for what we call our food.
Mahatma Gandhi firmly believed that violence against animals breeds violence against humans and one of his most famous quote is,”The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
In India, it was the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) in association with the USA based Farmed Animals Rights Movement (FARM) that urged people to observe a fast, just like Mahatma Gandhi did on different occasions, against slaughter in the name of billions of innocent animals that are killed every year all over the world. Rehai-freedom for animals, an initiative in Jammu held an event at Wave mall and reached out to people with regard to this issue.