Sunday, June 17, 2007

Welfare of stray dogs - the WSD group, etc

From: Tehemton B. Adenwalla <>
Date: Jul 17, 2007 9:49 AM
Subject: Welfare of stray dogs - the WSD group, etc

Baname Khuda!

Dear friends,
am forwarding an earlier email on this topic which appeared on TZML
some years ago.

Please also go through the appeal made on behalf of the Welfare of
Stray Dogs group, reproduced below.

Tehemton B. Adenwalla

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tehemton B. Adenwalla" <>
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: [Traditional Zs] welfare of stray dogs

Baname Khuda!

What an opportune day to talk about welfare of animals!!!

Today is Bahman mah, Bahman roj and Bahman Ameshaspand rules over the animal

Looking after our deaf and dumb animals is a very important Zoroastrian
duty, especially the "gospandi" animals like cows, sheep, goat, etc.

As Zoroastrians, we must look after animals with care and affection and even
though we may be meat-eaters we should try and work towards techniques which
minimise the pain when animals are slaughtered. If we use bulls and horses
for agriculture purposes, we must see that these animals are well looked

Also, we should respect the holy animal venerated by our Hindu friends, i.e.
the cow. We should try and understand the reasons behind the reverence which
our Hindustan has for cow worship and not look at this through
westernised/scientifc eyes only. Incidentally, the cow is also very much
respected in our Zoroastrian religion, and I will write about it perhaps in
a future posting.

Of course, the dog too plays a very significant role in the Zoroastrian
religion and is considered a very holy (pavitra) animal.

I wish WSD and Mr/Ms Meher J. Gandevia the best of luck in their noble

Tehemton B. Adenwalla

----- Original Message -----
From: "Meher J Gandevia"
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 5:41 AM
Subject: [Traditional Zs] welfare of stray dogs

> The welfare of stray dogs (WSD) is a registered
> animal welfare, non-profit trust recognized by the
> Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment
> & Forests) and associated with the Royal Society for
> the Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), UK. We
> started work in 1989. All our services are free. WSD
> conducts the following programmes
> 1) Animal Birth Control programme
> Stray dogs are caught by the BMC, volunteers or
> members of the public and brought to us at our kennels
> at Mahalakshmi where they are sterilized and kept for
> seven days for post operative care. When their
> surgical wound heals, they are released after being
> administered a rabies injection in the same area where
> they were brought from
> 2) Immunization against rabies
> Stray dogs are re-vaccinated against rabies.
> First-Aid teams go into different areas and vaccinate
> the strays against rabies.
> 3) On-Site First - Aid programme
> Trained volunteers treat stray dogs for maggot
> wounds, cuts, bites and skin problems on site.
> 4) Adoption programme.
> We look for homes for dogs that are abandoned or
> strays that need a home. All potential people who
> want to adopt a dog have to go through our process of
> checking which includes a questionnaire and a visit to
> their home.
> 5) Education & Awareness Programme.
> a) Slide presentations in Schools & Colleges
> We conduct an interactive slide presentation called
> 'The Day Of The Dog' to schools, colleges and other
> adult groups to spread awareness about the stray dogs
> issue, dog bite prevention and prevention of rabies.
> b) Chart presentations in Slums
> We conduct chart presentations in slums to educate
> the people and children in slums about prevention of
> dog bites and rabies.
> c) Rabies Awareness Drives
> We organize rabies awareness drives at slums and
> public places where the queries and myths regarding
> Rabies are answered by vets and volunteers
> We spend more than one lakh thirty thousand rupees
> every month for running our projects and we would be
> grateful for any help. You could help us in the
> following ways.
> Sponsor the following
> Infrastructure to build additional kennels : 3 lakhs
> Food Costs: Rs 29,370 per month
> Medicine Costs: Rs 31,976 per month
> On Site First-Aid Programme: Rs 6000 per month
> Salary of Health Care Manager: Rs 5000 per month
> Salary Of Help Line Assistant: 3500 per month
> Sterilization of one stray dog : Rs 550
> Food
> No
> Item
> Amount required per month
> 1
> Milk Powder
> 100 kgs
> 2
> Bread
> 2400 ladis(loaves)
> 3
> Lhapsi (Broken wheat)
> 150 kgs
> 4
> Rice (Ukda)
> 120 kgs
> 5
> Rice (Kolum)
> 30 kgs
> 6
> Masur Dal (Yellow)
> 120 kgs
> 7
> Milk
> 60 litres
> 8
> Paneer
> 15 kgs
> 9
> Biscuits
> (Any amount)
> 10
> Soya Chunks
> (Any amount)
> You could donate any quantity on a monthly basis
> Other Requirements
> 1) Bed sheets, Mattresses ,Towels & Newspapers.
> 2) Envelopes, Paper and Pens, Cello Tape, Glue Stick
> ,writing pads,white-ink,
> 3) Postage stamps and Revenue Stamps
> 4) Computer
> 5) Files
> 6) Office Stationary- Stapler, Punch, Staple Pins ,
> Pins, U-Clips, Glue stick, etc
> 7) Re-writable CD's & Floppy disks
> 8) Medicines: If you know any doctors, they can be of
> help as they get
> samples. Please E-mail for a list of medicines we use.
> 9) Ceiling fans, Tube lights, Bulbs
> 10) Chairs, Cupboards, Table, Storage Bins for Edible
> Items, Buckets, Plastic Drums.
> 11) Brooms, Swabs, Cloth
> 12) Gas Stove/Electric Stove/Kerosene Stove
> 13) Lifebuoy soaps/Hand wash Soaps
> 14) Savlon/Dettol bottles
> 15) Washing powder for Clothes/Utensils
> 16) Tiles (Floor & Wall) for additional kennels
> 17) Pressure Cooker (7 and half litres)
> Other ways that you can help out
> 1) It is important that we spread awareness regarding
> the stray-dog issue and rabies. Thus if you know of
> any venue where we can make our slide presentation
> 'The Day Of The Dog', please call us so that we can
> contact the school/college/club and make the
> presentation. You could check up with your ex- school
> or college, Clubs (Lions, Rotary, Rotaract etc)
> 2) If you know any pharmaceuticals that we can
> approach for medicines that are used at the kennels or
> for the first-aid programme, please let us know. We
> can mail you the list of specific medicines we use
> with manufacturer' name.
> 3) We do a lot of Photocopying of volunteer
> forms/about us etc. If you know any one with a
> photocopy machine (corporates/businessmen), please
> check if they could permit us to do our photocopying
> on their machines.
> 4) If you know of any places where we can organize
> our sales, you can put us in touch with the concerned
> people. These could be in Corporate Organizations
> (during their lunch time), Schools or colleges (in
> festivals, open days)
> 5) If you know any printer who would print our
> newsletters and other publicity material
> 6) Volunteer with WSD.
> 7) If you can approach any department stores or shops
> where we can keep our donation boxes
> 8) If you know anyone who wants to get a pet, ask
> him/her to adopt one from WSD instead of buying a dog.
> We always have many dogs, which are looking for good
> homes.
> 9) You can buy our products when you give gifts or
> suggest our products to people who want to gift.
> (Birthdays, Xmas, Birthday-takeaway gifts) Call us if
> you need more information on our products.
> You can contact WSD on
> Telephone : 23733433/23891070
> E-mail :
> Postal Address : The Welfare Of Stray Dogs(WSD)
> C/o Akanksha , Voltas House 'C'
> T B Kadam Marg
> Chinchpokli
> Mumbai : 400 033
> Thanking You
> Daisy Sidhwa
> Manager-Projects
> Abodh Aras
> Chief Executive Officer
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Bahman mah - Bahman roj - on Sun, 17 June 2007

From: Tehemton B. Adenwalla <>
Date: Jul 17, 2007 9:32 AM
Subject: Bahman mah - Bahman roj - on Sun, 17 June 2007

Baname Khuda!

Dear fellow Zarathushtis,

today on Sunday 17th June 2007 is Bahman mah, Bahman roz.

It is also called "Bahman nu parabh"

Bahman Ahmeshaspand presides over the animal kingdom.

The Yazads which help Bahman Ahmeshashpand are:
* Mohor
* Gosh
* Raam

Many Zarathushtis follow an "unrojo" in respect of Bahman
Ahmeshahspand and refrain from eating meat for the whole month. Some
of them do not even eat eggs.

Some Zarathushtis follow the "unrojo" during all the hamkar/parabh
days of Bahman Ahmeshahspand, i.e. on rojs Bahman, Mohor, Gosh, Raam

Traditional Zoroastrianism does not frown on meat eating but if we eat
meat, we are enjoined to eat meat of the goat/lambs and chicken and
fish only, beef (cow's meat) and port (pig's meat) are traditionally

Respect and good treatment for the cow, the most sacred animal to our
Hindu brethren in Hindustan, too is important.

Whatever be our dietary habits, we must look after our animal friends.
If we have dogs in our houses, we must see that these faithful
creatures are well fed, exercised and looked after. Those of us who
use domestic animals like bull and horses in our farms, must ensure
that these majestic animals too are cared for and not overworked and
well fed.

Otherwise, "janavaro ni hai lage"

Some Zarathushtis donate money to associations like "Society of
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" in the month of Bahman. Some years
ago, there were victorias in Mumbai, which were pulled by retired
racecourse horses. These poor animals were made to work and not rest
even when their mouths use to bring out foam and no water breaks were
given. Hope the victoria-wallas look after their horses well. Stray
dogs too are a big sight in Indian cities and some of these dogs are
in so deplorable a state (some are injured on one leg and go around
with just 3 legs; some have rabies, etc); that one's heart goes out to

In school, I had some friends from Gujarat and because they had a
farm, they had many animals. These friends of mine always included
their animals as part of their families and really looked after them!
Such incidents were really inspiring.

By the way, the modern science of genetic manipulation where they
implant animal genes in the vegetable products (and vice-versa) is
really deplorable. We are not here on Planet Earth to tinker with
Mother Nature's creations, She has created animals under Bahman
Ameshaspand and plants under Amardad Ameshaspand - these creations are
not to be mixed and inter-produced.

Tehemton B. Adenwalla

Monday, June 4, 2007

Guruvayoor temple says no to change in traditions -By IANS

From: k k
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2007 7:29 PM
Subject: [Traditional Zs] Guruvayoor temple says no to change in traditions -By IANS


Guruvayoor temple says no to change in traditions

Trissur (Kerala) : Days after a panel of Hindu priests decided to discuss the sensitive issue of throwing open the doors of Kerala temples to non-Hindus, the supreme authority of the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple Thursday ruled out any change in the traditions of the famed temple.
K. Raman Nampoothiri, secretary of the Guruvayoor Temple Pramabarya Paricharana Samithy, said that they had a long meeting that ended late Wednesday night and decided that at no cost should there be any changes in the tradition of the Sree Krishna Temple.
"We have a feeling that the devotees of this temple are a worried lot that there is going to be a change in the traditions after reports surfaced in the media after a meeting of the Yogakshema Sabha Monday.
"The Sabha Monday decided to appoint a five-member panel to look into this issue in all temples of the state," Nampoothiri told IANS.
"We also took part in that meeting and we expressed our opinion that at the Guruvayoor temple there cannot be any changes in the traditions and we are committed to that and we wish to convey this to all devotees of this temple," he said.
The Samithy consists the tantris and those who take part in the rituals and prayers of the temple while the Yogakshema Sabha represents the entire Brahmin community including priests and temple administrators of Kerala.
When asked if he was not in agreement with the Yogakshema Sabha decision to appoint an expert panel, Nampoothiri said that at the Sabha meeting he had expressed the view that there should be no changes in the tradition of the Guruvayoor temple.
"We wish to reiterate that if there is even a small change (in the tradition), it would lead to a series of changes and that is just not acceptable because this is a temple with a long tradition.
"We can speak only for this temple and the Yogakshema Sabha is free to go ahead with their panel to study if any changes are required in other temples," added Nampoothiri.
The famed Guruvayoor temple of late has run into controversies. Kearla Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran was instrumental in igniting one when he wrote to the temple administrators to see that veteran singer K.J. Yesudas, a Christian, be allowed to sing inside its premises Hindu devotional compositions that he is famous for.
Last week, Guruvayoor priests performed a purification ritual after the naming ceremony of Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi's grandson there. Ravi's wife is a Christian.
After the ritual at the temple, a section of Hindus has argued for a change in entry rules to allow non-Hindus into temples.


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