Dr Thinlay’s speech at the Inauguration
January 24, 2014
A very good morning to one and all! Respected Your Holiness, Madam Maneka Ji, istinguished guests, ladies and gentleman:
At the outset, let me have a privilege to extend my sincere gratitude to the organising committee for having given me a chance to deliver a talk on animal welfare, the importance of animals and an holistic approach towards the prevention and control of rabies and the stray dog population, including the various initiatives of the Sikkim Govt. on this aspect. The Sikkim Govt. is the only government division in the whole of India to implement a holistic, long-term and sustainable animal welfare and public health initiative. This kind of activity embodies the basic Buddhist principles of loving kindness and compassion.
Where such a programme is being organized is an historic moment for Bihar and the whole of India. It is an apt moment for this holy place where real Buddhism and the teachings of the Buddha will be practiced in a real sense by alleviating the pain and suffering of animals.
We believe that people and animals are intrinsically linked and seek to be an advocate for the relief of the suffering and distress of animals, thereby improving the welfare of animals and humans alike.
Based on human moral values and ethics, if people start caring, loving and showing compassionate feelings to all sentient beings, whether human beings or animals, then we will have a positive mind, positive attitude and positive thinking. Once we have that feeling then the overall human situation will improve as people become more peaceful and progressive. Peace and tranquillity will prevail, and these are the cornerstones of state development and progress. The various human poisons under Buddhism such as desire, anger etc will be sublimated due to the feeling of loving kindness and compassion.
I will talk briefly about the importance of animals:
Animals have been associated with and benefited humankind for thousands of years. We are very selfish indeed. We forget that these speechless creatures have served human kind without expecting anything in return and we don’t really care for their welfare and wellness.
Especially the street-dogs and cats. Both of these are vital components of the ecosystem, helping to maintain a proper ecological balance. They guard the streets against predatory wildlife such as wild-boar and bear and thus minimise human-wildlife conflict. They control the numbers of rats, mice and other vermin which can spread diseases to humans. Dogs also provide great service to us in the police, army and in medical therapy. They can also be valuable, beloved pets. We do not really appreciate their contribution and importance to society. We always think that we are superior and do not bother to think of their wellbeing and welfare.
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What Does SARAH Do?
SARAH works in animal welfare, public health and wildlife conservation. It primarily performs animal birth control surgeries, systematic rabies vaccinations of dogs and cats, and provides care and treatment to sick and injured animals. By performing these activities, we feel that Sikkim becomes a better place to live in.
On Animal Welfare activities:
We are making people aware of various rules and laws relating to animal welfare. We advocate people not to inflict unnecessary pain and suffering on these voiceless creatures. They have an equal right to live and are an important part of our complex ecosystem. We all should know how to co-exist together.
Avoiding inflicting pain and suffering on animals is the right thing to do. But there are also other benefits. Teaching children to care and love animals teaches a good moral value. Minimising the pain and suffering of animals in food production, ensures better productivity, and good quality food. Good quality food leads to better nutrition, which leads to better public health.
On Public Health initiatives:
As we know Rabies is a disease of antiquity and one of the most lethal and gruesome disease. It is mostly transmitted from dogs to people. It creates a huge financial burden. The World Health Organisation endorses the ABC-AR approach.
The Importance of “One World one Heath Approach”
There is a concept of One World One Health – the health of people, animals, and the environment is closely inter-related. Until we have Environmental and Animal health, we can’t have good public health.
The Importance of various Animal Welfare laws and Animal Birth Control- Anti-Rabies
I would like to express on behalf of the this Animal Medical Camp sincere gratitude to Kagyupa Monlam International Trust and the main sponsor- Brigitte Bardot Fondation- for making this programme a successful.
Let us live in harmony with all of nature. Mother Nature is so bountiful and kind. There is a place for everyone. But there is no place for cruelty and violence.