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Fortnight dedicated to animal welfare

Tata Steel Zoological Park is observing the Animal Welfare Fortnight, celebrated across the country from January 14 to 31 every year, to create awareness against wildlife abuse and promote love and compassion for all.

Jamshedpur circle’s conservator of forests Satyajit Singh flagged off the event at the Tata zoo on Tuesday.

Also, students from a local madarsa were taken to the zoo and explained about the significance of the campaign.

During the fortnight, which also coincides with the foundation day of the Tata zoo on January 16, several activities are organised to spread awareness regarding animal welfare and protection. People are discouraged from causing harm to animals.

“We have lined up various events during the fortnight which will make people, especially schoolgoers, aware about welfare of animals,” said Rajnish Kumar, member of Tata Steel Zoological Society.

The zoo will bring out a prabhat pheri (morning rally) on animal awareness on January 16. Inter-school essay-writing and slogan-writing competitions will be organised on Jan 25 and 30, respectively.

“We always design the programmes to involve schoolchildren in large numbers. So far, schools have taken keen interest in these activities,” said Seema Rani, the zoo’s education officer.

Notably, Animal Welfare Board of India under the Ministry of Environment and Forests organises various events in the fortnight-long celebrations. Animal welfare outfits, activists and NGOs actively participate in the events.