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Zoo birthday for animal care

Tata Steel Zoological Park will dedicate its 22nd birthday to animals.

The Jamshedpur zoo is gearing up to celebrate Animal Welfare Fortnight to spread awareness against the ill treatment meted out to animals and tell people that they also need love and care just like human beings. The campaign will start from January 16, the day the zoo turns 22.

The country observes Animal Welfare Fortnight from January 14 and 31 every year.

“We are celebrating the fortnight from January 16 as it coincides with the anniversary of the zoo. We have lined up various events to rise the consciousness of public with special focus on school students,” said Seema Rani, educator at Tata Steel Zoological Park, adding that the awareness drives were meant for the welfare of both wild and domestic animals.

The programme will be inaugurated by Dhalbhum DFO Karma Zimpa Bhutia. The zoo, which has already decided to involve students in various educational programmes, has lined up a prabhat pheri, a morning rally, on the first day. Inter-school quiz, debate, essay writing and slogan competitions will be organised on January 18, 21, 25 and 30.

“We can’t educate everybody, so we are mainly targeting the children, who are our future. These young people, once they grow up, will be able to tell wrong from right if they are properly made aware of what’s happening around. All the activities that we will conduct will be based on welfare of animals,” said Rani.

Animal welfare organisations across the country undertake special projects during the fortnight.

The idea is to stop people from inflicting pain and suffering on the animals, who cannot express their feelings, and generate compassion for them. Animal Welfare Board of India under the Union ministry of environment and forests also organises various events.