For Immediate Release:
9 August 2013
Veterinarians’ Group Shares Rescue Stories of Animals in Effort to Prevent Illegal Abuse and Killing out of Fear and Misunderstanding
Sangli – As Nag Panchami approaches, the veterinary and support staff of Animal Rahat is preparing to go into high gear to stop the abuse of the snakes who are used in processions and other events. Although it’s illegal to harm or kill snakes, that’s exactly what goes on during Nag Panchami and all year long because of fear and misunderstanding. But Animal Rahat wants to change that. That’s why the group is sharing heart-warming snake-rescue stories with the public.
“Snakes are one of the most misunderstood animals on the planet, and they often pay the price with their lives”, says Animal Rahat Programme Manager Dr Naresh Upreti. “Once people understand that snakes – just as all other animals – feel pain and suffer when they are attacked and killed, they’ll be more inclined to help snakes, not harm them.”
Recently, Dr Upreti was returning home when he saw a crowd gathered in the road. A vehicle had injured a common trinket snake, and the people were about to kill the animal. Having explained to the crowd that the snake was non-venomous, Dr Upreti examined the animal, provided necessary treatment and released the snake back into nature. In another recent incident, people were about to kill a harmless rat snake at the Pandharpur railway station. Koustubh Pol, a reptile expert who works for Animal Rahat, immediately intervened and convinced them that many snakes come out of their natural habitat during heavy rain and will return on their own once the water recedes. Animal Rahat and the Nature Conservation Society, a volunteer group in Sangli, have rescued more than 500 snakes of all kinds in the last year alone. Photographs of the rescues are available upon request.
Animal Rahat offers these three tips for peacefully coexisting with snakes:
• If you find a snake in your building or surroundings, don’t panic. The majority of the snakes in India are not poisonous.
• If the snake is not trapped and is able to get free, leave the animal alone and let him or her find a way out.
• Do not handle snakes on your own. If a snake is in need of rescue, please call Animal Rahat staffers Koustubh Pol on +91 9552552045 or Tabarej Dawood Khan on +91 9881247520.
For more information, please visit AnimalRahat.com.