Mash Mixer #30: Animal Rights (Mumbai)

Animal rights is the idea in which some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings.

Supporters of animal rights believe that animals have an inherent worth—a value completely separate from their usefulness to humans. We believe that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering. Animal rights is not just a philosophy—it is a social movement that challenges society’s traditional view that all nonhuman animals exist solely for human use.

The speaker session began with a word from one of the famous activists, Mr. Harish Iyer. He calls himself an equal rights activist and is known for his campaigns for the rights of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community, children, women, animals and survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). He discussed how when the bad phase of his life struck him, all friends narrowing down to Humans left him in despair, the only support he had was of his Dog, he narrated few stories of his dog, which proved the point that humanity was no more existent only in humans.

Another Speaker and a Attendee of all Mash activities, Sajit gave his words on Animal Rights and how they needed to be treated equally like the Humans, how they are more sensitive in the situations the people ignore.

MASH Project aims to create a global ecosystem for young entrepreneurs. The mixer provided an opportunity to understand the problems facing the welfare sector and how to overcome them. The first step towards concrete change is changing the mindset of people, and the Animal Rights Mixer was a good example.

– Harshad Vats
Mashkot, Mumbai Hub

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