People for Animal's doing yeoman service India has a Long Way to go to prevent Animal Abuse.
SME World|October 2020
Everyone has an innate desire to support the less fortunate beings and also enrich the society by their deeds. However, only a few dedicate their lives to a worthy cause. Alpana Bhartia is one such person who has devoted her life to the betterment of society and saving flora and fauna. A kind-hearted, Alpana dons many hats and is always keen on supporting others including the voiceless animals. A visionary, she works towards creating a responsible and healthier society. Her actions have been the motivation for the students and youth of today.

Alpana would often feel disturbed on seeing the conditions of the fellow beings suffering silently in social and economic poverty. She was also concerned with the cruelty towards the voiceless animals. Simply watching and feeling the pathetic conditions of fellow humans were not enough, she thought. Her strong resolve to do something led to the conceptualisation of a non-profit organisation - 'People for Animals' to focus on rescue and rehabilitation of flora and fauna. She believes that we have the resources to undo the ill-effects associated with destruction to the ecosystem. The organisation was started in 1996 for rehabilitation for urban wildlife. Today, it has grown into the largest animal welfare organisation in the country. Her commitment to the project has led to the development of a nationwide network for the welfare of animals.

Environment-friendly world

Her aspirations for social innovation instigate her to innovate and implement unique integrated techniques for medical needs of the animals. She has contributed over 100 articles in newspapers on the subject under the pseudonym of Nafisa Joseph. Her communication skills enable her to convey her ideologies and drive a positive change in the community. She believes in cultivating the essentiality of an environment-friendly world in the children. She conducts regular talk sessions and workshop to spread awareness on the subject.

She is an Hon' animal welfare officer and a constituted member of the institution of Ethics committee in the National Institute of Advanced students. She has been nominated by the Government to be a part of the committee that monitors experiments on animals. She has played an active role in various teaching programmes for Veterinarians across SAARC nations. She advocates the significance of eco-friendly organic farming. She is a certified yoga instructor and reads Vedic texts to stay connected with our heritage.

SME WORLD in an email interaction with AlpanaBhartia, Trustee-founder, People for Amimals.

What drove you to launch 'People for Animals? What are its broad objectives and how far you have achieved these? How PFA was started? What was the moment when you decided to come out with this NGO? Were you always interested in the protection of animals?

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