PRAYAS to set up software for animal rescue

PANAJI: The three-day annual conference of animal protection organisations and activists from all over the world closed on Sunday with a social enterprise competition. PRAYAS, one of the NGOs won a start up grant to set up software to coordinate animal rescue calls.

The India for Animals Conference organised by The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) brought together nearly 250 animal welfare activists from various states of India, Nepal, UK, USA and Ethiopia.

It included panel discussions, interactive sessions, an Ethical Lifestyle Expo, a unique ‘Animal Protection Museum’ that enabled delegates to share their experiences and learn from each other, a key in bringing together different approaches and unifying them under one common banner thus enhancing the animal protection movement in the country.

The event was inaugurated on November 16 by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar who declared that he would make Goa the foremost state in animal protection within a year by supporting strict enforcement of animal protection laws.

On November 17, awards were presented to animal heroes, including two police officers from Andhra Pradesh and an expatriate cancer survivor who has set up Kerala’s first animal shelter. [NT]