Issue Date: Mar 31, 2012
Former environment minister Maneka Gandhi’s exhortations against cruelty to animals were often extreme—depriving itinerant animal trainers of their pets or campaigning against the killing of stray dogs even though this could expose children to rabies. Now, Richard D Ryder, former programme organiser for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says environmentalism is rooted in the desire to preserve natural resources for human beings and arises from “speciesism”, as does cruelty to animals and denying them the right to live.
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