Udupi: The 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24, took almost everyone by surprise. Soon after the announcement, many people were seen panic buying at their local grocery stores and supermarkets. The only ones who did not get the news, or didn't even understand enough to stock up supplied for the coming days are the stray animals who more or less depend on us for sustenance.
Animal activist Babita Madhwaraj, who operates in Udupi, on Thursday, March 26, put out a video message, calling on the general public to do their bit to help feed and put water for the stray animals that live in our neighbourhoods.
As many animal activists have been saying over the past few days, there are too few of those who work for animals on a daily basis, and when there is a lockdown, it is difficult for them to move about and feed every hungry creature and give water to very thirsty being.
They have, therefore, called on us common folk to help them save as many lives as possible, and keep them from dying during the long lockdown.
In her video message, Babita said, "This is indeed a trying a testing time for the entire world but this is also the time to show kindness and compassion. This lockdown is to protect and save human lives but the lives of our animals on the streets are being sacrificed. They have no food or water. They are voiceless, powerless and defenceless."
She called on the people to "place a plate of food and a bowl of water outside your gate or compound once or twice every day".
To help with the supply of food, Babita said that people such as Raghavendra Kini (9242490489), Ansar Ahmed (9743285855) and Mohammad Sheesh (9535356747) can be approached for free food to be given to the animals.
"For those of you who can feed in other areas, please do so. Free food is being given by Raghavendra Kini, Ansar Ahmed and Mohammad Sheesh for our animals as well. Please do call them. This small act of kindness can ensure that innocent beings don't suffer," she added.
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